2017 Plasma Science and Applications Award
Alan Phelps graduated in physics from Cambridge University in 1966 and received his doctorate for plasma research from Oxford University in 1970. After postdoctoral fellowships at Oxford University, Imperial College, London University and a year in the USA, followed by a research appointment at Oxford University, he moved to a permanent academic position at the University of Strathclyde in 1978. At Strathclyde he formed a new research group working on intense electron beams, plasmas and microwave sources. In 1993 he was appointed to a personal chair in plasma physics and became deputy head of department and later head of department. He has published several hundred research papers and served on many national and international committees. Alan is a member of the IEEE and a fellow of several scientific organizations, including the UK Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Prof. Phelps's research interests include plasma waves and instabilities in laboratory, ionospheric and magnetospheric plasmas, intense relativistic electron beams and novel high-power microwave and millimeter-wave sources.
2017 IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award
Chandrashekhar Joshi is considered the father of the experimental field of Plasma Accelerators. Major facilities have been built at SLAC and LBNL and many others are in the planning stage or being built overseas to develop Plasma Accelerators further. Professor's Joshi's Plasma Accelerator Group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is world renowned for developing the multidisciplinary field of laser and electron beam-driven plasma accelerators over the past three decades. From fundamental research, Plasma Accelerators has now evolved into an engineering subfield. Joshi's UCLA group was the first to conclusively demonstrate the acceleration of electrons thousands of time more rapidly using relativistically propagating plasma waves than using conventional accelerators. Initially such plasma waves were excited using laser beams. This was followed by a series of elegant beam-driven plasma particle acceleration experiments using high-energy electron and positron beams at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. These experiments showed energy doubling of 42 billion volt electrons from the 3 km long SLAC linear accelerator in less than a meter of plasma accelerator. Joshi and his coworkers have been the first to reach nearly every major technical milestone in the field of plasma accelerators.
2016 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award
Dr. Meyya Meyyappan is chief scientist for Exploration Technology at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley. Until June 2006, he served as the director of the Center for Nanotechnology at Ames. He also is a founding member of the Interagency Working Group on Nanotechnology (IWGN) established by the Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. The IWGN is responsible for developing the National Nanotechnology Initiative. He has authored or co-authored more than 320 articles in peer-reviewed journals, given more than 200 seminars at universities, and presented more than 250 Invited/Keynote/Plenary Talks on nanotechnology subjects around the world. His research interests include carbon nanotubes, graphene, and various inorganic nanowires, their growth and characterization, and application development in chemical and biosensors, instrumentation, electronics and optoelectronics. Dr. Meyyappan is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and is the 2016 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award "For contributions to modeling, simulation, and development of low temperature process plasmas in microelectronics and plasma applications in nanotechnology."
Holger Kersten is a Professor at the Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics at University of Kiel, Germany since 2006. Prior Professor Kersten was the head of the plasma processes group at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald) in Greifswald, Germany. The focus of his research includes basic studies on the interaction of plasmas with surfaces, complex plasmas and their applications in plasma technology. In 1999, he received the Greifswald Plasma Physics Prize in recognition of his research. Professor Kersten was furthermore the president of the German Society for Plasma Technology from 2009 to 2013. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Journal D (EPJD).