The 17th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Washington, DC at the historic Mayflower Hotel June 28–July 2, 2009. The conference was a success and we thank Drs. Frank Peterkin and Randy Curry for organizing an excellent technical program, an excellent social program, and arranging for pleasant weather in DC! The organizers’ report appeared in the conference reports section above.
I am pleased to introduce the newest appointed PPST committee members (a complete list of the committee members can be found on the committee’s website: http://www.ece.unm.edu/ppst/: Ms. Laura Tully (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) and Dr. Stephen Bayne (Texas Tech University). (Their photos and bios appear at the end of this report.) I would like to thank the members of the committee who have completed their terms: James Degnan (AFRL, Kirtland AFB), Charles Gilman (SAIC, Albuquerque), John Maenchen (Sandia National Laboratories) and Rick Spielman (Ktech Corp.).
The 18th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference will be held at the McCormick Place Hyatt Regency in Chicago, IL from June 19–23, 2011. Dr. Randy Curry (University of Missouri-Columbia) is the General Chair and Dr. Bryan Oliver (Sandia National Laboratories) is the Technical Program Chair. This conference will be followed by the 38th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, which will be held June 26–30 in the same venue, combined with the 24th IEEE NPSS Symposium on Fusion Engineering.
In 2013 the 19th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference will be combined with the 40th IEEE ICOPS conference (as it had done so in 2001 and 2007 previously) and will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Dr. Bryan Oliver will be the General Chair, Dr. Mark Crawford (IAT, UT Austin) will be the Technical Program Chair, and Mr. Pat Corcoran (L3-Pulse Sciences Div.) will be the Local Arrangements Chair.
In 2015, Dr. Mark Crawford will be planning on hosting the 20th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference in Austin, TX.
IEEE NPSS will be technically co-sponsoring EML-2010, the 15th International Symposium on Electromagnetic Launch Technology, to be held in Brussels, Belgium May 17–20, 2010. The conference website is http://www.emlsymposium.org/. A Special Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science will be devoted to papers presented at this symposium.
Finally, the Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee is preparing a revision of its Constitution and By-Laws and plans on releasing it in early 2010.
New Committee Members
Laura K. Tully received the B.S. degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science with a minor in mathematics from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2002. She received the M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2005. Her graduate study involved multi-megavolt Marx generator and pulse-forming network development. She is currently a pulsed power engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California working in explosive pulsed power, electromagnetic launch, lightning safety, and linear induction accelerators.
Dr. Stephen B. Bayne received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. After completing his Doctorial studies, he was an electronics engineer at the Naval Research Lab (NRL) where he designed advanced power electronics systems for space power applications. After two and a half years at NRL, Dr. Bayne transferred to the Army Research Lab (ARL) where he was instrumental in developing a high temperature power electronic program. Dr. Bayne was promoted to Team Lead at ARL where he led the power components team of five engineers. As the Team Leader, Dr. Bayne was responsible for advanced research in high temperature and advance power devices for Army applications. In addition, he developed internal research and also generated Small Business Initiative Research (SBIR) topics and worked as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on several contracts. After one and a half years as Team Lead, Dr. Bayne was promoted to Branch Chief of the Directed Energy Branch where he managed 16 engineers, technicians and support staff. Dr. Bayne managed a multimillion dollar budget, and was responsible for recruiting, development, and performance evaluation of members in the branch. After 8 years at the ARL, Dr. Bayne transitioned to academia where he is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University. His research interests at Texas Tech are Power Electronics, Pulse Power and Renewable Energy.
Dr. Bayne won the Army Research Lab Achievement Award for Human Resources Development, the Army Research Lab Achievement Award for Engineering, and the Army Research and Development Award. He is also a senior member of IEEE, and was inducted into Marquis Who’s Who in America 2005. Dr. Bayne has several publications in journals and conference proceedings, and co-authored a chapter in the book Advances in Silicon Carbide Processing and Applications. Dr. Bayne is also served as an Adjunct Professor at and Morgan State University, and taught a graduate Electrical Engineering course at Howard University. Dr. Bayne is a veteran of the Air Force, where he served four years.
Laura Tully can be reached at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Ave, L-153, Livermore, CA 94110; Phone: +1 925 424-2235; Fax: +1 925 423-5080; E-mail: tully2@ llnl.gov.
Stephen Bayne can be reached at Texas Tech University, Whitacre College of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rm. 111 EE, Box 43102, Lubbock, TX 79409-3102; Phone: +1 806 742-0526; Fax: +1 806 742-1281; E-mail: stepehen.Bayne@ttu.edu.
Edl Schamiloglu, Chair of the Pulsed Power Science and Technology TC, can be reached at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, MSC01 11001, Univ. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001; Phone: +1 505-277-4423; Fax: +1 505-277-1439; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.