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pulsedThe IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society Standing Technical Committee for Pulsed Power Science and Technology strives for the advancement of pulsed power science, technology and its application and is committed to maintain and promote high scientific and technical standards among the pulsed power community. The Committee shall aid in promoting cooperation and exchange of technical information among the pulsed power community. In particular, it will take responsibility for the following activities:

The field of interest of the pulsed power community represented by the Committee is the understanding, development and application of pulsed power to a variety of fields including but not limited to plasma physics, nuclear science, high power RF, and life sciences. The areas of technical activities shall include but are not limited to high power pulsed accelerators, pulsed power applications, pulse forming networks, high power switching, pulsed electrical insulation and breakdown, electromagnetic energy storage, explosive pulsed power techniques, high current electron and ion diodes, intense particle beams and the associated diagnostics.

Technical Committee Information

Committee News

Lots of new to report for PPST. We are very excited about the upcoming Pulsed Power & Plasma Science Conference in June.  This is the Combination of the Pulsed Power Conference and the International Conference on Plasma Science which occurs every six years.

PPST has just completed our mandated 5 year review our Constitution & Bylaws. The PPST C&BL Review Subcommittee consisted of Frank Hegeler (chair), Lisa Boyd, Randy Curry, Andreas Neuber, Heather O’Brien and Ken Struve.  Many thanks to Frank and his team for all their hard work. The Mark-up with the recommended (PPST approved) changes can be found in the Constitution & Bylaws Section of this website.  We have presented these changes to the IEEE NPSS for approval.  Any comments regarding the revisions can be sent to the PPST Secretary, William White.

Nominations for the 2019 Marx, Haas and Guenther awards have past, and are currently under review.  The award winners will be announced at the IEEE PPPS 2019. We would also like to highlight two new NPSS awards of interest to the Pulsed Power Community; Magne “Kris” Kristiansen Award for Contributions to Experimental Nuclear and Plasma Science, and the IEEE Robert J Barker Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Pulsed Power Applications. The deadline for accepting nominations for these Awards is January 31 of each year. Please consider nominating qualified persons. Descriptions of these awards can be found at https://ieee-npss.org/awards/npss-awards/.

We are currently accepting nominations for four elected members of the PPS&T committee.  If you are interested in serving the Pulsed Power community as a member of the Pulsed Power Science & Technology Committee, please see the attached announcement.  Nominations will be accepted through May 31, 2019.  Self-nominations are accepted.

We would like to remind everyone in our community to assist each other in attaining professional recognition. Such recognition starts with nominating your collaborator or other professional contacts for IEEE senior member. The paperwork required for such a nomination is very limited, and the main requirement is that candidates shall have been in professional practice for at least ten years. Of course, I would like to encourage each distinguished member of our community to consider entering the process of elevation to the grade of IEEE Fellow. Finally, we would also like to remind our community of opportunity to volunteer for become a Distinguished Lecturer. Details describing what being a Distinguished Lecturer involves can be found at https://ieee-npss.org/distinguished-lecturers/. If you are interested, please contact the PPST Secretary, William White, to request the committee’s nomination.

Call for Nominations for PPST 2019 Election

Upcoming Pulsed Power Conferences

IEEE Conferences

The 2019 IEEE Pulsed Power and Plasma Science Conference, PPPS 2019, will be held 22 June – 28 June 2019, in Orlando Florida. This international conference dedicated to pulsed power and plasma science, combining the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference and the IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science.

The conference will be chaired and organized by Raymond Allan from NRL.

Important Dates:
Deadline for Abstract Submission:TBA, 2019
Early Registration Deadline: TBA, 2019
Conference: 22 to 28 June 2019

Technically Co-Sponsored Conferences

  • 2018 IPMHVC will be held in Jackson, WY, USA from June 3-7, 2018 at the Jackson Lake Lodge. The meeting is chaired by George Laity, Sandia National Laboratories.

Special Issues of Transactions on Plasma Science

  • The IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science is proud to announce another Special Issue on Pulsed Power Science and Technology, to be published tentatively in October 2018. The Standing Technical Committee, Pulsed Power Science and Technology of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society, along with the Guest Editors, Stephen Bayne (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA), Bucur Novac (Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK), Heather O’Brien (Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA), and Hua Li (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China), invite contributions to this issue. The objective of this Special Issue is to provide the widest possible distribution of archival quality papers detailing the unique and innovative developments in the areas of pulsed power science and technology. Contributions to the special issue will undergo the same rigorous review standards as typical for all IEEE Transactions and Journals.
  • List of previous special issues:
No. Year Guest Editors
11 2016 David Wetz, Stephen Bayne, Jose O. Rossi, Haiyun Luo, Yan Mi
10 2014 Mark Crawford, Ravi Joshi, Luis Redondo
9 2012 Ravi Joshi, Douyan Wang, David Wetz, Mark Sinclair
8 2010 Larry Altgilbers, Randy Curry, Weihua Jiang, Paul D. Smith
7 2008 Bryan Oliver, Randy Curry, Raymond Allen
6 2006 Jane Lehr, Bryan Oliver, Mark Savage
5 2004 James Dickens, John Mankowski, Jane Lehr
4 2002 Hulya Kirkici, Jane Lehr
3 2000 Hugh Kirbie, Steve Sampayan
2 1998 Robert Reinovsky, Peter Turchi
1 1997 Edl Shamiloglu, Kenneth Prestwich, William Baker, Gerald Cooperstein

Standing Technical Committees - Voting Members

Raymond Allen
Chair of PPPS 2019
Naval Research Laboratory,
Plasma Physics Division,
Washington, D.C. 20375-5346
chair@ppps2019.org

Stephen B. Bayne, PhD
Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409−3102
stephen.bayne@ttu.edu

Sterling R. Beeson
Research Engineer
U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
AFRL/RDHA
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
sterling.beeson@ieee.org

Steve Calico
Industrial Advisory Committee
Raytheon Company
Albuquerque, NM  87123
steve.e.calico@raytheon.com

Gerald Cooperstein
Fellow Nomination Committee
Retired from, and now consultant for, Naval Research Laboratory
Plasma Physics Division
Washington, DC 20375-5346
gerald.cooperstein.ctr@nrl.navy.mil

Mark Crawford
Elected AdCom Representative
General Chair, 2015 Pulsed Power Conference
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos, NM 87545
mtc@lanl.gov

Randy D. Curry
Professor, University of Missouri,
Columbia, MO 65211
curryrd@missouri.edu

Susan Heidger
Chair
Election Subcommittee
Sr. Research Physicist
AFRL/RDHP
Kirtland AFB, NM 87117
Susan.heidger@ieee.org

Frank Hegeler
Head of the Pulsed Energy Technology Section
Naval Research Laboratory
Washington DC, 20375
frank.hegeler@nrl.navy.mil

Chunqi Jiang, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Bioelectrics
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23508
cjiang@odu.edu

Weihua Jiang
Associate Editor of Transaction on Plasma Science (Pulsed Power)
Nagaoka University of Technology
Department of Nuclear System Safety Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering
Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan
jiang@vos.nagaokaut.ac.jp

Bucur Novac
International Advisory Committee
Loughborough University
School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Leicestershire, UK
B.M.Novac@lboro.ac.uk

Heather K. O’Brien
Electronics Engineer
Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate (SEDD)
U.S. Army Research Laboratory, RDRL-SED-P,
Adelphi, MD 20783
heather.k.obrien.civ@mail.mil

Mark Sinclair
General Chair, 2017 Pulsed Power Conference
Physics, AWE, Aldermaston,
Reading RG7 4PR
United Kingdom
Mark.Sinclair@awe.co.uk

Rick B. Spielman
Director, Idaho Accelerator Center
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83201
spierick@isu.edu

Kenneth W. Struve
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185-1173
kwstruv@sandia.gov

Igor Timoshkin, PhD
Insbtute for Energy and Environment
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow, United Kingdom
igor.bmoshkin@strath.ac.uk

David Alan Wetz Jr.
Vice Chair
Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering Department
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas 76019
Web: www.uta.edu/ee/powerlab
wetz@uta.edu

William M. White
Secretary
Pulsed Power Engineer
Sandia National Laboratories,
Albuquerque, NM 87185
wmwhite@ieee.org

Standing Technical Committees - Past Members

Pat Corcoran
L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences
San Leandro, CA 94577

Steven J. Gitomer
Editor-in-Chief TPS
Los Alamos National Laboratory (Retired)
Santa Fe, NM 87505

W. Mark Henderson
DE T&E Capability – Navy Deputy
NAVAIR HPM S&T Lead
Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division
China Lake, CA 93555-6106
Mark.Henderson@navy.mil

Thomas W. Hussey
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Arlington, VA 22203
Thomas.Hussey@afosr.af.mil

Ravi P. Joshi
Professor, Texas Tech University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lubbock, TX 79409-3102
ravi.joshi@ttu.edu

Juergen Kolb
Committee Chair (2013 – 2015)
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald)
Greifswald, Germany
webpage: www.pulsedpower.eu
juergen.kolb@inp-greifswald.de

Joshua Leckbee
Committee Deputy Secretary
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185
jjleckb@sandia.gov

Jane Lehr
University of New Mexico
Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
jmlehr@unm.edu

Lisa Mattox
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185

Brent McHale
Finance Committee
National Security Engineering Division (www-eng.llnl.gov)
Lawrence Livermore National Lab (www.llnl.gov)
Livermore, California 94550
brent.mchale@ieee.org
mchale@llnl.gov

Georg Mueller
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) Institute for Pulsed Power and Microwave Technology (IHM)
Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1,
FR Germany
georg.mueller@kit.edu

Andreas A. Neuber
Past Chair
P.W. Horn Professor
Center for Pulsed Power & Power Electronics
ECE Department
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3102
http://www.p3e.ttu.edu/
andreas.neuber@ttu.edu

Bryan V. Oliver
Pulsed Power Technical Committee Awards Committee
General Chair, 2013 Pulsed Power Conference
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185

bvolive@sandia.gov

Frank Peterkin
(Awards Committee Chair)
Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Division
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5100
Frank.Peterkin@navy.mil

Mark Rader
Treasurer, 2011 Pulsed Power Conference
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
Huntsville, AL 35807-3801
mark.rader@smdc.army.mil
mrader@knology.net

Luís Redondo
Conference Publications
Pulsed Power Advanced Applications Group,
Lisbon Superior Engineering Institute (GIAAPP/ISEL)
Lisbon, Portugal

lmredondo@deea.isel.ipl.pt

Robert E. Reinovsky
President, NPSS
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Pulsed Power Hydrodynamics
Los Alamos, NM 87545

Jose Rossi
Conference Cycler Scheduler
National Institute for Space Research – INPE
Sao Jose dos Campos, SP, Brazil, 12227-010
jose.rossi@inpe.br

Edl Schamiloglu
Secretary
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Nigel Seddon, MBE
Technical Expert – Novel Systems
United Kingdom
nigel.seddon@mbda-systems.com

Ian D. Smith
Chair, PPS&T Awards Committee
L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences
San Leandro, CA 94577-0599

Roger White
L-3 Communications Pulse Sciences (Retired)
San Diego, CA 92116-4829

Technical Committee History

The history of the Pulsed Power Conference and the Committee responsible for the organization started with the first conference held in Lubbock, Texas, in 1976. The conference attracted already about 200 attendees. We like to believe that the biannual meeting has since then become the most important forum for the exchange of advances in Pulsed Power Science and Technology and respective applications. The Conference Proceedings constitute a comprehensive record of accomplishments for more than a quarter of a century. Outstanding accomplishments are recognized by prestigious awards since 1981. The Erwin Marx Award was given for the first time at the 3rd Pulsed Power Conference to J. “Charly” Martin. The inaugural Peter Haas Award was presented to Magne “Kris” Kristiansen in 1987. In the same year also the first outstanding students were awarded.

Through 1995 the Pulsed Power Conference was affiliated with IEEE and sponsored by Pulsed Power Conference Inc. Starting in 1997 this private not-for-profit organization then became a Technical Committee in NPSS. Another milestone in our history was joining forces of PSAC and PPST and combining the International Conference on Plasma Science and the Pulsed Power Conference for the first Pulsed Power and Plasma Sciences Conference in Las Vegas in 2001 – a meeting which found the interest of more than 1000 attendees. With the 23rd Pulsed Power Conference to be held from May 31 to June 4, 2015, in Austin, Texas, the conference series and the community in charge of the organization will look back at a history of roughly 40 years. During this time many students of the founders of the conference have come into a position to carry on torch and legacy. This year we are now taking the next big step in becoming an elected committee. This way we are accounting for the growing interest in Pulsed Power Science and Technology around the world. I would like to encourage all researchers – students and experienced professionals – that are engaged in this field to participate and contribute to our ongoing success.

For Committee Members

Next committee meeting: Prior to the 2019 IEEE Pulsed Power & Plasma Science Conference, Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8am to 5pm, DoubleTree at the Entrance to Universal, Orlando, Florida, USA

For PPS&T Committee Members: Please email PPS&T Chair to gain access to past records of the PPS&T Committee Meetings and NPSS AdCom Meetings.

The Erwin Marx Award

About The Erwin Marx Award

The Erwin Marx Award recognizes outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology by an individual over an extended period of time. The first Erwin Marx Award was presented at the 3rd IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (June 1981). The Erwin Marx Award was dedicated to the memory of Professor Marx and his concept of the Cascade Impulse Voltage Generator that bears his name. Professor Marx passed away on January 11, 1980, just prior to his 87th birthday. The High Voltage Institute of the Technical University of Braunschweig, where Professor Marx conducted his research, has graciously allowed the Pulsed Power Conferences to present the Erwin Marx Award in his name. A brief review of Professor Marx’s career is presented in the Proceedings of the 4th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, Albuquerque, NM, June 6 – 8, 1983, p. 51.

Prize: Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s International Pulsed Power Conference this award consist of $3,000 and a plaque.

Eligibility and Basis for Judgement: Individuals who have made outstanding technical contributions to pulsed power technology for at least ten years are eligible for this award.

  1. Importance of technical contributions to pulsed power research or development over at least a ten year period. (50%)
  2. Importance of technical contributions made by teams led by the candidate. (20%)
  3. Quality and significance of publications and patents (20%)
  4. Years of technical distinction (10%).

The award is in consideration for outstanding technical accomplishments. The nominee is not required to be a member of the NPSS or IEEE but, where candidates have otherwise equal qualifications, preference shall be given to the candidate who is a member of the IEEE.

Presentation: Biennially, with presentation in odd numbered years at the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference Awards Banquet.

Nominations For The Erwin Marx Award

Marx Award Form

In addition to the nomination form, a nominating letter and CV may be provided as an attachment to the form. It is also encouraged, though not required, to provide up to three letters of reference (maximum 2 pages in length each).

Submission Deadline: December 1

Send nominations to: Dr. Bryan Oliver

2019 Recipient

Alexander (Sasha) Kim was the 2019 Erwin Marx Award Winner, recognized for “pioneering work in the science and technology development of the high power Linear Transformer Driver (LTD) accelerator architecture”.

1981-Present Past Recipients

1981 J.C. “Charlie” Martin
1983 Ian D. Smith
1985 Thomas H. Martin
1987 Ihor M. Vitkovitsky
1989 Kenneth R. Prestwich
1991 Gennady A. Mesyats
1993 Phillip W. Spence
1995 A. Richard Miller
1997 Boris M. Kovalchuk
1999 Peter J. Turchi
2001 Malcolm Buttram
2003 Vladimir K. Chernyshev
2005 Leland Schlitt
2007 David L. Johnson
2009 John T. Naff
2011 Patrick Corcoran
2013 Ian R. McNab
2015 William A. Stygar
2017 Sergei Rukin
2019 Alexander (Sasha) Kim

The Peter Haas Award

About The Peter Haas Award

The Peter Haas Award recognizes individuals whose efforts, over an extended period, have greatly benefited the pulsed power field through the development of important applications or areas of activity including research, education, and information exchange.

The Peter Haas Award recognizes outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology resulting from an individual’s continued effort to develop programs of research, education, and information exchange that are the basis for progress in pulsed power. The Peter Haas Award was established at the 6th IEEE Pulsed Power Conference (June 1987) and bears the name of the late Peter Haas who was recognized at the 2nd Pulse Power Conference (1979) “for many contributions to a strong and vigorous pulsed power program through sound management, steadfast conviction, and farsighted technical acumen.” Today, the Peter Haas Award honors those individuals that share Peter’s dedication, leadership, and administrative vision for pulsed power.

This award is $3,000 and Plaque.

Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s International Pulsed Power Conference budget.

Presented biennially, with presentation in odd numbered years at the IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference Awards Banquet.

Eligibility and Basis for Judging

Any individual who has demonstrated sustained contributions to developing, managing or influencing programs, education or information exchange that has led to important advances in the field of pulsed power.

1. Importance of contributions to pulsed power through developing, managing or influencing programs, education, or information exchange (40 points); 2. Demonstrated leadership and service to the field of pulsed power (30 points); 3. Importance of the technical contributions to pulsed power research or development (20 points); 4. Years of service advancing or enlarging the field of pulsed power (10 points). The award will consider the total benefit conferred on pulsed power by the individual. The nominee is not required to be a member of the NPSS or IEEE, but where candidates have otherwise equal qualifications, preference shall be given to the candidate who is a member of the IEEE.

Nominations

Haas Award Form

In addition to the nomination form, a nominating letter and CV may be provided as an attachment to the form. It is also encouraged, though not required, to provide up to three letters of reference (maximum 2 pages in length each).

Submission Deadline: December 1

Send nominations to: Dr. Bryan Oliver

2019 Recipient

Thomas Mehlhorn was awarded the 2019 Peter Haas Pulsed Power Award, recognized for “leadership in the areas of pulsed power enabled plasma and x-ray radiation physics.”

1987-Present Past Recipients

1987 Magne “Kris” Kristiansen
1989 Arthur H. Guenther
1991 Gerold Yonas
1993 Alan C. Kolb
1995 Bernard H. Bernstein
1997 William L. Baker
1999 Gerald Cooperstein
2001 Dillon H. McDaniel
2003 Hidenori Akiyama
2005 Robert Reinovsky
2007 Karl H. Schoenbach
2009 John E. Maenchen
2011 Roger White
2013 Scott J. MacGregor
2015 Edl Schamiloglu
2017 Ron Gilgenbach
2019 Thomas Mehlhorn

The Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

About The Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

The Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee’s Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award (established in 1997) was renamed the Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award in 2007 following the passing of Dr. Guenther. The Award is to recognize outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power engineering, science or technology. A recipient is selected each year but awarded biennially at the Pulsed Power Conference Banquet.

This award is $1,000 and Certificate.

Funded by the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s International Pulsed Power Conference budget.

Awarded annually, with presentation at the biennial IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference Awards Banquet.

Eligibility and Basis for Judging

Any full time undergraduate or graduate university student in pulsed power engineering or science. The nominee must be a student when nominated.

1. Quality of research contributions (40 points);

2. Quality of educational accomplishments (30 points);

3. Quality and significance of publications and patents (30 points).

Nominations

Guenther Award Form

In addition to the nomination form, a nominating letter and CV may be provided as an attachment to the form. It is also encouraged, though not required, to provide up to three letters of reference (maximum 2 pages in length each).

Submission Deadline: December 1

Send nominations to: Dr. Bryan Oliver

2018-2019 Recipients

2018 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Brett Huhman, recognized for “his contributions in assessing and demonstrating the use of Li-ion batteries as a source of prime power for Mega-Watt, repetitive, mobile pulsed power systems.”

2019 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Christine Stollberg, recognized for “her contributions in diagnosing pulsed power driven Z-pinch plasmas.”

Past Recipients 1981-Present

1981 Timothy S. Sullivan
1983 Charles H. Harjes
1985 Anthony Donaldson
1987 Richard A. Korzekwa
1989 Mary Baker, F. Mark Lehr, and Michael Mazzola
1991 Thomas G. Engel
1993 David C. Stoudt and Frank Hegeler
1995 Mark T. Crawford
1997 Raymond J. Allen
1999 Ron Arad
2001 Kelly Hahn and Tammo Heeren
2003 Gary Brent McHale and Thomas A. Holt
2005 Joshua Leckbee and Michael Butcher
2006 David Wetz
2007 Gregory F. Edmiston
2008 Jamie Darling
2009 Andrew J. Young
2010 Sarita Prasad
2011 Jonathan Foster
2012 Shurik Yatom and Jouya Jadidian
2013 Jacob Stephens
2014 Christopher Leach
2015 Sterling Beeson
2016 Dimitry Mikitchuk
2016 Shelby Lacouture
2017 David Yanuka
2018 Brett Huhman
2019 Christine Stollberg

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