John Maenchen is the Manager, Science and Technology Strategic Directions Department, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. B.S. (Physics and Mathematics) University of California, Santa Cruz 1974; Ph.D. (Electrophysics) Cornell University 1983.
Dr. Maenchen has contributed to and led programs in fundamental pulsed power technology development and intense particle beam sources for over thirty years. For the past 25 years at Sandia National Laboratories he has contributed to the design and construction of pulsed power accelerators, to the invention and development of new electron- and ion-beam and z-pinch loads, to the modeling and theory of their operation, to the invention and application of new diagnostic approaches to investigate their performance, and to the invention and development of new government and commercial applications for these capabilities. He has worked as an independent scientist, as a team member, as a team leader, and for 16 years as a program and line manager in pulsed power science and technology development and applications, building and maintaining relationships with the Departments of Energy and Defense, industry, and international partners. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, serves on the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee, and was the General Chair of the 2005 Pulsed Power Conference. He has coauthored over 130 publications.