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Ronald Gilgenbach

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Dr. Ronald M. Gilgenbach is a Professor and the current Chair of the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department at the University of Michigan. He is international recognized for his storied career in the field of Plasma Physics, including some of the earliest tokamak plasma research in the United States. Dr. Gilgenbach has been at the University of Michigan since 1980 and has held his current position as Chair of the Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department since 2010. Still active in research, he is also the lead faculty of the Plasma, Pulsed Power, and Microwave Laboratory at the University of Michigan.

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Biography

Dr. Gilgenbach attended the University of Wisconsin for both his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and M.S in Electrical Engineering in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He went on to receive his Ph.D also in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in 1978. During this same period, he was involved with Bell Labs as part of the technical staff. After completing his Ph.D, Dr. Gilgenbach performed gyrotron research at the Naval Research Lab as well as the first electron cyclotron heating experiments on a tokamak plasma in the USA at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Since then, he has been at the University of Michigan where he has published over 150 articles in refereed journals and supervised 42 graduated Ph.D. students. His work at the university has been focused on particle accelerators, plasma physics, pulsed power, and microwave research. Dr. Gilgenbach was a crucial part in updating the University of Michigan's plasma coursework, helping the department to maintain the nuclear engineering department as one of the top in the nation.

Professional accomplishments

  • University of Michigan, Chair & Chihiro Kikuchi Collegiate Professor (2010–Present)
  • Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors, Board of Directors (2010–Present)
  • University Of Michigan, Professor (1989–Present)
  • Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors
  • Oak Ridge National Lab, Advisory Committee, Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate (2013)
  • Naval Research Lab, Review Committee for Plasma Physics Division Member (2011), Chair (2013)
  • American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Fellow Committee (2007), Nomination Committee (2008), Program Committee, (2013)
  • IEEE, Chairmain, Plasma Science And Applications Technical Committee (2007)
  • University of Michigan, Associate Professor (1984–1989)
  • University of Michigan, Assistant Professor (1980–1984)
  • Contractor to Naval Research Lab, Washington, DC (1978–1980)
  • Honors

  • NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1984)
  • Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the American Nuclear Society (1984)
  • UM College of Engineering Research Award (1993)
  • American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics Fellow (1996)
  • IEEE Plasma Sciences and Applications Committee (PSAC) Award (1997)
  • IEEE Fellow (2006)
  • Outstanding Professional Award from IEEE Southeast Michigan Section (2006)
  • IEEE Fellow (2006)
  • References

    Ronald Gilgenbach Wikipedia


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