Plenary Speakers


Monday, June 25        8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

The 21st Century Frontier of Particle Accelerator Technology


Michael Fazio
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Michael Fazio is the SLAC Associate Laboratory Director for the Technology Innovation Directorate comprising RF accelerator research, advanced instrumentation, and detection systems development from microwave through gamma-ray wavelengths. He is responsible for innovating advanced technologies that enable discovery science and emerging applications. From 1978-2010 at Los Alamos he held research and leadership positions including director of the Intelligence, Space & Response Division responsible for satellite-based nuclear explosion detection and treaty monitoring instrumentation, planetary exploration and space science, proliferation detection, astrophysics, remote sensing, information science, and directed energy. He served as program director for Space Situational Awareness and National Security & Civilian Space Programs. Prior to 2005 he led the High Power Electrodynamics Group doing high power RF source, FEL, advanced accelerator, and compact pulsed power R&D. This group developed the Laboratory’s Navy FEL and microwave directed energy programs. Michael received Awards for Excellence for Counter-proliferation and a commendation from the NASA Administrator as a Mars Curiosity ChemCam Instrument Development and Science Team member. Advisory committees include the DOE, DoD, DARPA, and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rice University in 1979.


Monday, June 25        1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

The Evolution of Computational Physics


John Cary
Tech-X Corporation and University of Colorado
2016 Charles K. Birdsall Award Recipient

John Cary, Professor of Physics, University of Colorado, and CEO and co-founder, Tech-X Corporation, received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979. He previously worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Institute for Fusion Studies at the University of Texas. Dr. Cary’s recent service includes the NPSS Particle Accelerator Science and Technology student award committee, associate editor for Reviews of Modern Physics, and the organizing and program committees of the Particle Accelerator Conference. He has advised Ph.D. and Masters degree students and taught at all post-high-school levels. Prof. Cary’s interests are in computational physics including algorithm development and modern approaches, beam physics, plasma physics, nonlinear dynamics (separatrix crossing, Lie transform perturbation theory, symplectic integration), and electromagnetics of structures. Prof. Cary is a fellow of the American Physical Society with over 170 refereed publications. He received the John Dawson Prize for Numerical Simulation of Plasmas and other awards for visualization and research accomplishments. He is the 2016 recipient of the IEEE NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award for Contributions to Computational Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.


Tuesday, June 26        8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Addressing the Challenges Ahead in High Energy Density Physics and Inertial Fusion


Njema Frazier
D.O.E. National Nuclear Security Administration

Njema Frazier is a theoretical nuclear physicist in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She currently leads the $530M Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program, which provides experimental capabilities and scientific understanding for weapons-relevant high energy density physics (HEDP) for the United States. Her previous professional experience also includes three years as a Visiting Professor at the National Defense University, College of International Security Affairs, in Washington, DC, and four years as a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science. Dr. Frazier is the recipient of multiple career awards including the D.O.D. Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award; the award for Distinguished Service to the National Nuclear Security Administration; and the Black Engineer of the Year, Science Spectrum's Trailblazer Award. She has been featured online, in print, and in televised broadcasts, including the Black Enterprise Hot List, the Essence Power List, the EBONY Power 100 list (Ebony Magazine’s annual list of the nation's most influential African Americans), and most recently, the Black Girls Rock! Awards, which aired August 22, 2017.


Tuesday, June 26        1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Interactions of Non-Equilibrium Plasma with Liquids: Physics, Chemistry and Applications


Petr Lukes
Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences

Petr Lukes (M’03) received his MSc. and Ph.D. degree in chemistry and environmental engineering from the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic. Since 1999, he has been with the Department of Pulse Plasma Systems at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic, where he is now Senior Researcher and Department Chair. His research interests include elementary chemical and physical phenomena induced by non-equilibrium plasma of electrical discharges in liquids and in gas-liquid environments, and their environmental, biomedical and chemical applications. He has published a number of papers on the plasmachemical processes induced by electrical discharges in liquids and at gas-liquid interfaces. He is author and co-editor of book Plasma Chemistry and Catalysis in Gases and Liquids. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, member of Board of Directors of International Plasma Chemistry Society and of the International Bioelectrics Consortium.


Wednesday, June 27        8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

A Career in Electron Beams, Plasmas and EM Fields & Waves: Everything I Needed to Succeed I Learned In Kindergarten


John Booske
University of Wisconsin - Madison
2018 Plasma Science and Applications Award Recipient

John H. Booske received a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1985 from the University of Michigan. From 1985 to 1989, he was a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland studying magnetically-confined hot ion plasmas and sheet-electron-beam free electron lasers. Since 1990, he has been in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now Department Chair and Director of the Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning. John is the Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor of Engineering and UW-Madison Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. His research interests have included magnetic mirror-confined hot plasmas, plasma surface modification of materials, and experimental and theoretical studies of coherent electromagnetic radiation spanning the RF-to-THz frequency regimes. His recent research includes basic science of vacuum electronics, microfabrication of millimeter-wave and THz sources and components, generation and application of high-power microwaves, advanced cathodes, interaction of THz radiation with materials, microwave-generated plasma discharges, electromagnetic metamaterials, and biological applications of electric and electromagnetic fields. Prof. Booske is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Physical Society.


Wednesday, June 27        1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Computer Simulations of Plasmas and Beams: A View From Multiple Angles


Alex Friedman
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2017 Charles K. Birdsall Award Recipient

Alex Friedman (M’13) received the B.S. degree in engineering physics and the Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA, in 1973 and 1980, respectively. He is a Physicist with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA, USA (where he serves as the Associate Program Leader for Theory and Modeling, in the Lab’s Fusion Energy Sciences Program), and an Affiliate with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 published papers and numerous reports. His research interests include computational plasma and particle beam physics, computational electromagnetics, fusion energy science, accelerator physics and engineering, methods for data analysis, and numerical analysis. Dr. Friedman is a past Associate Editor of the Journal of Computational Physics, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a recipient of the LLNL Physics Department’s Distinguished Achievement Award, and the 2017 recipient of the IEEE NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award for Contributions to Computational Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.


Thursday, June 28        8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Radiation Belt Remediation Using Space-Based Antennas and Electron Beams


Bruce Carlsten
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Bruce Carlsten received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1985 and has been at the Los Alamos National Laboratory since then. His research has largely focused on high-power and high-frequency vacuum electron amplifiers and high-brightness electron beams for free-electron lasers (FELs). He was a pioneer in the development of RF photoinjectors and he designed, built, and commissioned two small accelerators at Los Alamos to study beam physics (one using RF acceleration and one using induction acceleration). His recent research interests include novel X-ray FEL designs, in particular, using enhanced SASE to eliminate the need for a second bunch compressor. He is also currently developing novel synthetic aperture radar technologies and wide-band antenna designs for satellites. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Plasma Sciences and Applications. Bruce is a Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was awarded the 1999 US Particle Accelerator School Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Science and Technology and the 2017 Free-Electron Laser Prize.