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General Information: Pulsed Power Conference History

Pulsed Power Conference History

1st PPC, 1976 | 2nd PPC, 1979 | 3rd PPC, 1981 | 4th PPC, 1983 | 5th PPC, 1985 | 6th PPC, 1987 | 7th PPC, 1989 | 8th PPC, 1991 | 9th PPC, 1993 | 10th PPC, 1995 | 11th PPC, 1997 | 12th PPC, 1999 | 13th PPC, 2001 | 14th PPC, 2003 | 15th PPC, 2005

The first of the biennial Pulsed Power Conferences was organized in Lubbock, Texas, in 1976. PPC2005 will mark the 29th anniversary of that first conference. The Pulsed Power Conference has become the principal medium for communicating advances in pulsed power science, technology, and applications. The Conference Proceedings, published for every conference, constitute the most complete record of the accomplishments of the pulsed power community over the last quarter century. Through 1995 the Pulsed Power Conference was affiliated with the IEEE and sponsored by Pulsed Power Conferences, Inc. (a private, not-for-profit scientific and educational organization). Since 1997 the conference has been organized by the Pulsed Power Science and Technology Committee (PPS&T) a sister organization to the Plasma Science and Application Committee within the same IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. PSAT sponsors the closely aligned International Conference for Plasma Science (ICOPS). This year we are holding the PPC immediately prior to the ICOPS in the same facilities to enhance technical interchanges between the two communities, with a short course on Pulsed Power-Driven Z-Pinches spanning the intervening weekend. Both the organizing committee of the 15th Pulsed Power Conference 2005 and the PPS&T invite you enjoy the PPC2005 in Monterey, California.

Brief History of the Pulsed Power Conferences

The 1st International Pulsed Power Conference was held November 9 – 11, 1976. T. R. Burkes was the Conference Chairman and M. Kristiansen was the Technical Program Chair. The conference was organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Texas Tech University and the South Plains Section of the IEEE, Region V.

The first conference had about 200 attendees including participants from Canada, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, the USA, and the USSR.

There were about 85 contributed and 11 invited papers. The conference was held at the South Park Inn in Lubbock, Texas. Three government organizations, AFOSR, ONR, and the US Energy Research and Development Administration supported it.

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The 2nd IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Lubbock, Texas, June 12 – 14, 1979. The Conference Chairmen was M. Kristiansen and the Technical Program Chair was A. H. Guenther.

There were almost 300 attendees. Twenty-five attendees were from 10 foreign countries. Over 100 contributed and invited papers were given. For the second conference the sponsors were seven government agencies plus the local IEEE.

A contest to determine the symbol of the Pulsed Power Conference was won by Capt. Charles W. (Charlie) Schubert, Jr.

At a luncheon, a special award was presented to the recently retired Mr. Peter Haas "for many contributions to a strong and vigorous pulsed power program through sound management, steadfast conviction, and farsighted technical acumen."

At this conference, it was decided that the International Pulsed Power Conference would be held biennially on alternate years from the Power Modulator Symposium.

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The 3rd IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 1 – 3, 1981. The Conference Chairman was A. H. Guenther and the Technical Program Chair was T. H. Martin.

There were about 500 attendees for the third conference, and 35 were from 9 foreign countries. Over 130 invited and contributed papers were presented.

The third conference was sponsored by 9 government agencies plus IEEE Albuquerque Section, IEEE Region 6, and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society. Local organization support was given to the conference by eight commercial concerns, three government laboratories and two universities.

An award named for the inventor of the Marx generator, Erwin Marx, was given for the first time at the 3rd IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference. Erwin Marx died on January 11, 1980 just prior to his 87th birthday. He was still actively working in the high voltage area at the time of his death. The initial presentation of the Erwin Marx Award was to J. C. "Charlie" Martin, AWRE, Aldermaston for "two decades of consistent, yet extraordinary pioneering innovations in Pulsed Power Technology."

Also, a new award for outstanding pulsed power student was initiated and sponsored by Physics International Company and provides a travel grant to the Pulsed Power Conference. The winner of the first "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was F. Thomas Warren from the University of South Carolina.

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The 4th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was again held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 6 – 8, 1983. The Conference chairman was T. H. Martin and The Technical Program Chairman was M.F. Rose.

At the fourth conference, there were nearly 600 participants including 38 attendees from nine countries. Approximately 220 invited and contributed papers resulted in a conference with four parallel sessions for the first time.

Sponsors of the conference included three IEEE organizations and 9 government organizations. Other contributors included 4 government laboratories, two universities, nine commercial organizations, and one city and one state organization.

A presentation entitled "Professor Erwin Marx" was presented by Jurgen Salge describing the life and work of the inventor of the Marx generator.

Ian Smith of Pulse Sciences received the Erwin Marx Award for "many contributions to the pulsed power community ranging from dielectric insulation to designing state-of-the-art accelerators."

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to Charles H. Harjes of Texas Tech.

A special Certificate of Appreciation Award was given to Ed Conrad recognizing his many contributions to the field of pulsed power.

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The 5th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Arlington, Virginia on June 10 – 12, 1985. The Conference Chairman was M. F. Rose and the Technical Program Chairman was P. J. Turchi.

There were over 600 attendees with many from outside the United States. Over 250 invited and contributed papers were presented.

Poster sessions were used for the first time to prevent increasing the number of parallel sessions required to present the large number of papers in a three-day meeting. Posters were subsequently used in all later Pulsed Power Conferences.

Tom Martin of Sandia was presented the Erwin Marx Award for "many contributions to the Pulsed Power community in the field of high power accelerators and the techniques for generating and transporting terrawatt electrical pulses."

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to Anthony Donaldson of Texas Tech University for his work on spark gap switches.

Three IEEE organizations and 11 government agencies were sponsors of the conference and other contributing organizations included two universities, three government laboratories, and eight commercial organizations.

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The 6th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Arlington, Virginia on June 29 – July 1, 1987. The Conference Chairman was P. J. Turchi and the Technical Program Chairman was B. H. Bernstein.

There were over 600 attendees at the conference and almost 200 invited and contributed papers were presented.

Ihor M. Vitkovitsky of the Naval Research Laboratory was presented the Erwin Marx Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to pulsed power technology."

The Peter Haas Award was established at this conference to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to pulsed power technology through their continued efforts to develop programs of research, education, and information exchange. The first Peter Haas Award was presented to Professor Magne Kristiansen of Texas Tech University.

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to Richard A. Korzekwa of Texas Tech University for his work on electron beam controlled switches.

Three IEEE organizations and 11 government agencies were sponsors of the conference and other contributing organizations included two universities, three government laboratories, and eight commercial organizations

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The 7th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held at Monterey, California on June 11 – 14, 1989. The Conference Chairman was B. H. Bernstein and the Technical Program Chair was R. White (J. P. Shannon, who had been slated to be the Technical Program Chair, passed away before the conference). Roger White of Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. and B. H. Bernstein of Physics International Company were editors of the conference proceedings.

There were increases in both total attendance and the number of papers presented.

Kenneth R. Prestwich of Sandia National Laboratories was presented the Erwin Marx Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to pulsed power technology."

The Peter Haas Award was presented to Dr. Arthur H. Guenther of the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to three students this year. They were Mary Baker of the University of Texas at Arlington, F. Mark Lehr of Texas Tech University, and Michael Mazzola of Old Dominion University.

A large list of sponsors and conference contributors included the IEEE, government organizations, universities, and industry organizations.

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The 8th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in San Diego, California, on June 15 – 19, 1991. The Conference Chairmen was R. White and the Technical Program Chair was K. Prestwich.

This conference marked the first decline in attendance since the beginning of the pulsed power conferences and was a result of declining research and development budgets. There was a notable increase in foreign participation, especially in the attendees from Eastern European countries. There were about 250 papers presented.

Academician Gennady A. Mesyats from the USSR Academy of Sciences, USSR, was presented the Erwin Marx Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to pulsed power technology".

The Peter Haas Award was presented to Gerald Yonas of the Sandia National Laboratories.

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to Thomas G. Engle of Texas Tech University for "outstanding achievements in pulsed power engineering."

Special recognition was given to the late John Shannon for his many contributions to pulsed power technology.

A large list of sponsors and contributors included the IEEE, government organizations, universities, and industry organizations.

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The 9th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 21 – 23, 1993. The Conference Chairmen was K. Prestwich and the Technical Program Chair was W. L. Baker.

There was a substantial increase in attendance at this conference due in a large part to increased foreign participation. About one third of the conference attendees were from outside the United States. Approximately 350 papers were presented. Many invited and contributed papers were given on applications of pulsed power technology.

Phillip W. Spence of Pulse Sciences, Inc. was presented the Erwin Marx Award for "outstanding achievements and contributions to pulsed power technology".

The Peter Haas Award was presented to Dr. Alan C. Kolb of Maxwell Laboratories, Inc.

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to two recipients in 1993. They were David C. Stout of Old Dominion University and Frank Hegler of Texas Tech University.

A special tribute was given in memory of Dr. Alexander Pavlovskii for his many contributions to pulsed power technology.

A large list of sponsors and contributors included the IEEE, government organizations, universities, and industry organizations.

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The 10th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held again in Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 3 – 6, 1995. The Conference Chairmen was W. L. Baker and the Technical Program Chair was G. Cooperstein. The Pulsed Power Conference again had a high number of attendees and again approximately one third were from outside the United States.

The Erwin Marx award was presented to A. Richard Miller of Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. for "outstanding contributions to pulsed power research over an extended period of time."

The Peter Haas Award was presented to Bernard H. Bernstein.

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to two students, Randy Allen Roush of Old Dominion University and Mark T. Crawford of Texas Tech University.

A large list of sponsors and contributors including the IEEE, government organizations, universities, and industry organizations continued to support the conference.

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The 11th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 29 – July 2, 1997. The Conference Chairmen was G. Cooperstein and the Technical Program Chair was I. Vitkovitsky.

This was the first conference sponsored by the newly formed IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Pulsed Power Science and Technology (NPSS/PPS&T) Committee.

Attendance at the conference was greater than 540 of which almost 200 were from outside the United States. Approximately 350 papers were presented.

The Erwin Marx Award was presented to Boris M. Kovalchuk from the High Current Electronics Institute, Russian Academy of Science, Russia, for "outstanding achievements in pulsed power technology over and extended period of time."

The Peter Haas Award was presented to William L. Baker, Air Force Research Laboratory.

The "Outstanding Pulsed Power Student Award" was presented to Raymond J. Allen, Old Dominion University.

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The 12th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Monterey, California on June 27 – 30, 1999. Charles Stallings was the Conference Chairman, and Hugh Kirbie was the Technical Program Chairman.

It was the largest and most diverse conference in the 23-year history of the Pulsed Power Conferences with 623 attendees from 23 countries. There were 562 abstracts submitted for review, 459 were accepted for presentation, with a final count of 359 papers presented by speakers from 19 countries.

Mr. Ron Arad, Weizmann Institute of Science, received the Pulsed Power Student Award for outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power science and technology.

Dr. Gerald Cooperstein, Naval Research Laboratory, was presented with the Peter Haas Pulsed Power Award for leadership and technical contributions over the past three decades that have greatly benefited the field of pulsed power.

Dr. Peter J. Turchi, Ohio State University, was presented with the Erwin Marx Award for outstanding technical contributions in pulsed power over a sustained period of time.

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The 13th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 17 – 22, 2001. The PPC2001 was an integral part of the PPPS2001 Conference, the combined PPC/ICOPS conference. Drs. Robert Reinovsky and Thomas Hussy shared General Chair and Program Chair roles.

With more than 1000 participants, this combined conference produced 541 abstracts from PPC and 366 from ICOPS. Presentations were given in 45 oral and 4 poster sessions, spanning a wide range of topics from theoretical plasma physics to repetitive pulsed power systems.

Mr. Tammo Heeren, Texas Tech University, and Mrs. Kelly Hahn, University of New Mexico received the Pulsed Power Student Award for outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power science and technology.

Dr. Dillon H. McDaniel, Sandia National Laboratories, was presented with the Peter Haas Pulsed Power Award for leadership and technical contributions over the past three decades that have greatly benefited the field of pulsed power.

Dr. Malcolm Buttram, Sandia National Laboratories, was presented with the Erwin Marx Award for outstanding technical contributions in pulsed power over a sustained period of time.

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The 14th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas, June 15 – 18, 2003. Dr. Michael Giesselmann and Dr. Andreas Neuber, both from the Center for Pulsed Power & Power Electronics at Texas Tech University served as General and Technical Program Chair, respectively.

584 participants from a total of 22 countries were in attendance, despite visa problems and various travel advisories. The conference featured several firsts such as all-electronic abstract and paper submission, all electronic paper presentation, an expanded and professionally managed industrial exposition, and an Internet café with wireless hot-spots in the conference area.

Thomas A. Holt from the Naval Research Laboratory received the 2002 Pulsed Power Student Award for outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power science and technology at the conference.

Gary Brent McHale from Texas Tech University received the Pulsed Power Student Award for outstanding contributions as a student in pulsed power science and technology in 2003.

Prof. Hidenori Akiyama from Kumamoto University, Japan, was presented with the Peter Haas Pulsed Power Award recognizing leadership and technical contributions over the past twenty-five years.

Dr. Vladimir K. Chernyshev from Russian Federal Nuclear Center – VNIIEF, Russia was presented with the Erwin Marx Award for outstanding technical contributions in pulsed power over a sustained period of time in absentia due to visa problems. Dr. Peter Turchi gave the Marx lecture in his honor.

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The 15th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference will be chaired by John Maenchen of Sandia National Laboratories with Edl Schamiloglu of the University of New Mexico as Technical Program Chair. It will be held in Monterey, California, June 13 – 17, 2005 immediately preceding the ICOPS in the same facilities.


The 16th IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference will be chaired by Edl Schamiloglu of the University of New Mexico and will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, June ?? – ??, 2007. This conference will, as in 2001, integrally combine the PPPC and the ICOPS into a single conference.



 
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