PPC Awards

Dr. Mark Savage – IEEE Erwin Marx Award

Dr. Mark Savage

Mark Savage attended the University of New Mexico, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering. Mark worked with Stanley Humphries at UNM for the Master’s degree, and with Clifford Mendel at Sandia for PhD research. Upon completing the PhD program with research at Sandia, he began work as a staff member in Sandia’s power flow research division under Dillon McDaniel. Mark worked on terawatt-level opening switches, demonstrating the world’s only command-triggered plasma opening switch. He then worked on pulsed power closing switches for the NIF laser power conditioning system, building a 6 MJ automated capacitor bank to life-test several candidate flashlamp switches. As the energy upgrade to the Z machine began, he built a capacitor test system to evaluate capacitor vendors while helping with the vacuum insulator and magnetically insulated transmission line design, as well as the laser triggered gas switches. Mark is presently the technical lead for the Saturn X-ray simulator recapitalization effort. Mark has several patents on pulsed power devices and diagnostics.

Dr. Andreas Neuber – IEEE Peter Haas Award

Dr. Andreas Neuber

Dr. Andreas Neuber is the distinguished P.W. Horn and AT&T Professor in Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University. He was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, a small city close to Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Neuber received the Diploma in Physics from the Darmstadt University of Technology in 1990, followed by the Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.

His first pulsed power project in the late 1980s was designing and testing an X-ray pre-ionized KrF* Excimer laser. In 1996, he joined Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, where he is currently a Distinguished Professor. He has published 170 refereed journal papers and about 300 conference proceedings papers. His current research interests are in high-power microwaves, unipolar surface flashover physics, and explosive-driven pulsed power. Dr. Neuber has served in various capacities on the organizing committees of numerous international conferences, including Technical Program Chairman of the IEEE Pulsed Power Conference and the Power Modulator Conference. He was a Guest Editor for IEEE TPS and has served as Chair of the IEEE Pulsed Power Science & Technology Committee (PPS&T) from 2015 – 2017.

Dr. Neuber is a Fellow of the IEEE and has given lectures on his research worldwide, including Japan, Russia, and Europe.

Dr. Frank Hegeler – 2021 IEEE Magne “Kris” Kristiansen Award for Contributions to Experimental Nuclear and Plasma Science

Dr. Frank Hegeler

Frank Hegeler is the Head of the Pulsed Energy Technology Section in the Charged Particle Physics Branch of the Plasma Physics Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in Washington, DC. He received a Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Fachhochschule Wilhelmshaven, Germany, in 1989, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1991 and 1995, respectively. He was a Visiting Associate Professor with Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan, from 1995 to 1997, and a Post-Doctoral Researcher and then a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, from 1997 to 2000, before joining NRL in 2000. His areas of expertise are in repetitive pulsed power systems, electromagnetic launchers, electron beam pumped lasers, electron beam generation and propagation, high power microwave sources, plasma diagnostics, non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasma reactors, and high voltage dielectric breakdown. He has authored/co-authored more than 100 publications.

Frank has been active in IEEE DEIS, NPSS, in PPST. He will serve as treasurer for the 2023 PPC.

Dr. Yakov Kraskik – 2020 IEEE Magne “Kris” Kristiansen Award for Contributions to Experimental Nuclear and Plasma Science

Dr. Yakov Kraskik

Yakov E. Krasik received his M.Sc. (1976) in physics from the Tomsk Polytechnic Institute, Russia and Ph.D. (1980) in physics from the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia. He held various academic research positions at the Nuclear Research Institute, Tomsk (1980-1991) and at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel (1991-1996). Since 1997, he joined the Physics Department, Technion, Haifa, Israel, where he is currently Professor and Head of the Plasma Physics and Pulsed Power Laboratory and holds the Max Knoll Chair in Electronics and Opto-Electronics. He supervised 23 PhD students and 26 MSc students, published 300 peer reviewed papers including 14 review papers, two chapters in text books. He authored 26 patents in the field of pulsed power science. His H-index is 38 and citations number is 5150. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE Fellow and a member of the board of the Israel Plasma Society. He served as a Chairman of Israeli Plasma Society for several years, has several awards from Russian government and Technion. He is the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Magne Kristiansen award for contributions to experimental nuclear and plasma science. His main research interests are in the fields of pulsed current-carrying plasmas and plasma diagnostics. Various applications of plasma physics are also within the scope of his interests.

Dr. Jon Cameron Pouncey – 2020 NPSS Robert J Barker Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Pulsed Power Applications

Dr. Jon Cameron Pouncey

Jon Cameron Pouncey is a pulsed power engineer currently employed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division in Virginia, USA. A native of northwest Florida, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering degree in 2003 from Florida State University. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Cameron spent 10 years working as an engineer for various defense contractors. His work experience includes the design of power distribution systems, safety-critical military vehicle systems, embedded controls, counter-IED systems, and high-voltage pulsed-power systems. Cameron returned to school at the University of New Mexico in 2014 where he earned a master’s degree in 2017 and his PhD in 2020 under the advisement of Professor Jane Lehr. His doctoral research focused on the development of novel high-voltage and pulsed-power technologies for application in directed energy weapons. He currently lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wonderful wife, Carmen Hagin. They are both very happy to be back on the east coast after many years so far from home.

Mr. Zachary Shaw – 2021 NPSS Robert J Barker Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Pulsed Power Applications

Dr. Gabriel Shipley – 2020 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Dr. Gabriel Shipley

Gabriel Shipley is currently a Harry S. Truman Fellow in National Security Science and Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories and was a DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellow from 2017 to 2021. “Gabe” completed his PhD in Engineering under the advisement of Professor Mark Gilmore at the University of New Mexico and Dr. Thomas Awe at Sandia National Laboratories; his doctoral dissertation focused on development of pulsed power target configurations capable of producing megagauss-level magnetic fields in centimeter cubed volumes on 100-ns timescales. Early in his career, Gabe worked under the tutelage of Dr. Salvador Portillo and Professor Edl Schamiloglu at the University of New Mexico’s Pulsed Power Beams and Microwaves Laboratory before moving on to Sandia National Laboratories where he has worked in Advanced Nuclear Systems, Electromagnetic Launch, Fusion Experiments, and finally Radiation and Inertial Confinement Fusion Target Design. Gabe’s current research at Sandia Labs focuses on design and analysis of pulsed power driven inertial confinement fusion and high energy density physics experiments executed on the Z accelerator.

Mr. Yang Cao – 2020 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Mr. Yang Cao

Yang Cao is a doctoral student in Physics at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, supervised by Prof. Yakov Krasik. The subject of his research is sub-nanosecond high power microwave (HPM) pulse interaction with plasma and neutral gas. This subject is extremely interesting due to several non-linear phenomena involved in such type of interactions and it may be considered as a down scaled prototype of the high-power laser interaction with plasma or neutral gas.

During his PhD studies so far, Yang performed a very interesting and sophisticated research of HPM beam self-channeling in preliminarily formed rf plasma. Recently, Yang obtained a 1.2 GW, 25.5 GHz, 0.5 ns HPM beam in a backward wave oscillator operating in super-radiant mode. He also developed, tested, and characterized a system of flashboards for generating the plasma required in his next experiment. Lately, Yang carried out experiments in which a HPM beam propagates through a plasma filled waveguide. He observed the plasma wakefield formation via the transmitted HPM pulse frequency shift which could be the indication of plasma dynamics during the wakefield formation.

During last 4 years, Yang co-authored 8 papers published in Phys. Rev. Lett., Phys. of. Plasma and IEEE Trans. Plasma Science (in 5 of these, he is listed as the first author). Yang successfully presented the result of his research at conferences in Israel and abroad. At both the 2019 IEEE Pulsed Power and Plasma Science conference in Orlando and 2020 IEEE International Conference of Plasma Science held in virtual, he was awarded the Best Student Paper Awards.

Mr. Artem Kuskov – 2021 Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Mr. Arem Kuskov

Artem Kuskov graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and currently working on his Ph.D. in applied Electrodynamics with expected graduation in May 2022. Artem was born and raised in Kyrgyzstan, a small country in Central Asia. In 2008, while participating in the high school exchange program he got accepted into UNM and received a scholarship to attend the electrical engineering undergraduate program. In 2011, Artem's first job in the USA was working as an undergraduate research assistant in a high-power microwave lab. The research experience aspired him to pursue higher education and a career in research and development. During his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, swing dancing, and spending time with friends and family. He values a work-life balance and hopes to keep this balance in his professional life. Artem is honored to be nominated and granted the Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power award and his family is very proud of him.