People

Faculty

Ronald M. Gilgenbach
Professor

Ronald M. Gilgenbach received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, in 1972 and 1973, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY, USA, in 1978.

He spent several years as a member of the Technical Staff with Bell Labs, Murray Hill, NJ, USA, in the 1970s. From 1978 to 1980, he performed gyrotron research with the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC, USA, and performed the first electron cyclotron heating experiments on tokamak plasma with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA. He joined as a Faculty Member with the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 1980, where he became the Director of the Plasma, Pulsed Power and Microwave Laboratory. He has supervised 46 graduated Ph.D. students with UM. He is currently a Chair and a Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor with the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department, UM. He has authored over 165 articles in refereed journals and books, and has five patents granted. He has collaborated in research with scientists with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, USA, Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM, USA, NASA Glenn, Cleveland, OH, USA, Northrop-Grumman, Falls Church, VA, USA, L-3 Communications, New York, NY, USA, General Motors Research Labs, Detroit, MI, USA, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, USA, Fermilab, Batavia, IL, USA, Naval Research Laboratory, and the Institute of High Current Electronics, Tomsk, Russia.

Dr. Gilgenbach is a fellow of the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics. He received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1984, and the 1997 Plasma Sciences and Applications Committee (PSAC) Award from the IEEE. He served as a PSAC Chair in 2007 and 2008. He was an Associate Editor of the Physics of Plasmas journal. He was the recipient of the IEEE 2017 Peter Haas Award for outstanding contributions to education in pulsed power technology.

Yue Ying Lau
Professor

Y. Y. Lau was born in Hong Kong. He received the B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, in 1968, 1970, and 1973, respectively.

He was an Instructor and then an Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics with MIT from 1973 to 1979. He was a Research Physicist with Science Applications Inc., McLean, VA, USA, from 1980 to 1983, and the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, USA, from 1983 to 1992. Since 1992, he has been a Professor with the Applied Physics Program and the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. He has been involved in electron beams, coherent radiation sources, plasmas, and discharges. He has authored over 190 refereed publications. He holds ten patents. His current research interests include heating phenomenology, physics of quantum and higher dimensional diodes, Thomson X-ray sources, and electrical contacts.

Dr. Lau was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society in 1986. He was a recipient of the Sigma-Xi Scientific Society Applied Science Award in 1989, and the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award in 1999. He served three terms as an Associate Editor of the Physics of Plasmas journal. He was a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Special Issue on High Power Microwave Generation.  He was the recipient of the IEEE 2017 John R. Pierce Award for excellence in vacuum electronics.

Ryan McBride
Associate Professor

Dr. Ryan D. McBride is an associate professor in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  His primary research interests are in plasma physics, nuclear fusion, radiation generation, pulsed-power technology, plasma diagnostics, and the dynamics of magnetically driven, cylindrically imploding systems. His research is conducted primarily within the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory, which includes two linear transformer driver (LTD) facilities: MAIZE (~1 MA, ~100 ns) and BLUE (~150 kA, ~100 ns).  He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2009, where he conducted experimental research on wire-array z-pinch implosions using the 1-MA COBRA pulsed-power facility.  In 2008-2016, Dr. McBride was with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, where he held appointments as both a staff physicist and a department manager.  At Sandia, Dr. McBride conducted research in nuclear fusion, radiation generation, and high-pressure material properties using the 20-MA Z pulsed-power facility.  Most recently, Dr. McBride’s research has been focused on both experimental and theoretical studies of magnetized liner inertial fusion (MagLIF).  MagLIF is presently one of the United States’ three mainline approaches to studying controlled inertial confinement fusion (ICF) in the laboratory.

Nicholas Jordan
Assistant Research Scientist

Dr. Jordan received the B.S.E., M.S.E., and Ph.D. (plasma option) degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science from the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 2002, 2004, and 2008, respectively. From 2008-2013, he was with Cybernet Systems, Ann Arbor, MI, where he was involved in the development of microwave vehicle stopping technology. He is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Lab Manager for the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory.  His current research interests include high-power microwave devices, pulsed power, laser ablation, high energy-density physics, and plasma discharges.

Graduate Students

Patrick Wong Foivos Antoulinakis Abhijit Jassem Paul Campbell
       
Steve Exelby Drew Packard
Stephanie Miller Jeff Woolstrum
  Drew A. Packard (S’17) received the B.S.E and M.S.E degrees in nuclear engineering and radiological sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, in 2016 and 2017, respectively. He is currently a Graduate Student performing research on high-power microwave devices for Professor Gilgenbach with the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory. He has completed two internships at L-3 Communications, Electron Devices Division, San Carlos, CA, USA.    

Nick Ramey

Steven Langellotti Akash Shah
 
Nicholas B. Ramey received the B.S.E. degree in Engineering Physics from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA in 2017. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor, MI, USA. At UM, Nicholas is a member of the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory under co-advisors Ron Gilgenbach and Ryan McBride. His primary research interests concern warm dense matter generation on an electron linear induction accelerator and characterization with X-ray diagnostics at Los Alamos National Laboratory under Josh Coleman.   Akash Shah is an Applied Physics doctoral student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his BS in Physics and BA in Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 2017. His research revolves around nuclear fusion and pulsed-power technology within the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences department in the Plasma, Pulsed-Power, and Microwave Laboratory. Here, Akash is currently developing a Dense Plasma Focus for integration into the MAIZE linear transformer driver (LTD).  

Undergraduate Students

Ashwin Rao (LTD conical feed and x-pinch imaging)
Michael Hua (spectroscopy and MCMP neutron modeling)
Cayetano Wagner (Turbo pump controller rebuild, PMT enclosure, additively manufactured anode test chamber, UV spectrometer)
Sunny Tumala (Maxwell trigger generator shielding)
Michael Bondin (Matlab instrument control and data acquisition)
Tanner Jones (LTD spiral return current posts)
Trevor Casey (MFRPM/HRPM modeling)
Tyler Swink
Trevor Smith
Frank Angers
James Pelkey
Anna Cooleybeck (BLUE LTD modeling)
Emma Guerin
Rodrigo Rovner

Technical Support / Safety 

Mark Perrault

Past Graduates