Plenary Speakers

R. Joel England

R. Joel England
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Dielectric Laser Acceleration Group
FACET Experimental Research Department

Dr. Joel England received his PhD at the University of California Los Angeles in 2007 for developing a technique to generate tailored electron beams for plasma wakefield acceleration.  Following a postdoctoral appointment under Prof. Bob Siemann and Dr. Eric Colby, he was the recipient of a W. K. H. Panofsky Fellowship from Stanford University, in which capacity he served as group leader for the Dielectric Laser Acceleration group at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and project manager for a Stanford-led effort to develop a laser-driven medical X-ray source under the DARPA AXiS Program.  He is now a Staff Scientist at SLAC and an executive member of the Accelerator on a Chip International Program (ACHIP), a multi-institutional effort funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop a prototype laser-driven particle accelerator.  Dr. England is author or co-author on over 70 publications, has given numerous talks on advanced acceleration concepts, and has served as session leader or organizing committee member for various accelerator workshops and conferences.  His research interests are in novel particle beam manipulation processes and advanced acceleration techniques, including plasma and laser-driven schemes.

Plenary Talk: Applications for a Laser-Driven Accelerator on a Chip



Professor David Jamieson
School of Physics
University of Melbourne

David is a Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne where he was Head of the School of Physics 2008-13.  He has a PhD from Melbourne and held postdoctoral fellowships at Caltech (USA) and the University of Oxford (UK).  He was President of the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP) from 2005-6. His research expertise in the field of ion beam physics applied to test some of the key functions of a revolutionary quantum computer constructed in silicon in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.  In 2013 he received an outstanding service to physics award from the AIP.

Plenary Talk: Ten qubits in five years: Building a near-term quantum computer device by deterministic ion implantation based on donors in silicon


Michael Current

Michael Current

Current Scientific Inc. 

Dr. Michael I. Current has been actively involved in ion beam processing, mainly ion implantation, and related metrologies for over 40 years.  The focus of much of his work has been related to process issues that develop from the design and operational conditions in ion beam and plasma implantation tools for IC fabrication.  Recent work includes studies of ion and neutral beams for implantation, deposition and etching of nano-scale and quantum confined materials, the use of high-energy proton ion beams and layer transfer methods for stacking of fully-metallized IC devices for 3DICs.

Plenary talk:  Ion Implantation for Electronic Devices: From Dennard Scaling to Qubits



Prof. Kate Scholberg

Department of Physics

Duke University

Kate Scholberg is Arts and Sciences Professor of Physics and Bass Fellow at Duke University.  She received a B.Sc. in Physics from McGill University in 1989.  She then attended Caltech, receiving an M.S. in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1997 for thesis research on the MACRO experiment at Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.  As a research associate at Boston University, she joined the Super-Kamiokande collaboration.  She was Assistant Professor at MIT from 2000-2004 before moving to Duke University.  A recipient of the DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator and NSF CAREER awards, she is currently a member of the Super-Kamiokande, T2K, and Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment collaborations, and served as spokesperson of the COHERENT experiment at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She coordinates the SuperNova Early Warning System, an international network of supernova neutrino detectors. She was elected as an APS Fellow in 2013 and was a recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in 2015 as a member of Super-Kamiokande and T2K. 

Plenary Talk: Illuminating the Nucleus with Neutrinos



Professor Lin Shao

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Texas A&M University

Dr. Lin Shao earned BS (1997) in Nuclear Physics at Peking University (China), and a Ph.D degree (2001) in Physics at the University of Houston. His Ph.D research topic was defect engineering in semiconductors. He worked as Director Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory for studying hydrogen induced cracking in solids. In 2004, Dr. Shao joined Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor. He is now Professor and Director of Ion Beam Laboratory. Dr. Shao’s primary research interests are radiation materials science and the development of damage resistant materials. He has published over 200 journal papers, and holds 7 U.S. patents. He serves on the editorial boards of Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B,  Scientific Reports, and International Journal of Nuclear Safety and Simulation. He is a consultant to IAEA for accelerator applications.

Plenary Talk: Applications of Ion Accelerators in Nuclear Materials Science: Issues and Perspectives



Philip Cole

Physics Department

Lamar University

Philip Cole received his PhD from Purdue University in 1991 and was a postdoctoral researcher and then an Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University.  Dr. Cole held a JLab-Bridged Assistant Professorship at the University of Texas at El Paso (1997-2004) and received the 1999 NSF CAREER Award in Nuclear Physics and was honored as the Society of Physics Students Advisor of the Year in 2002.  While at Idaho State University (2004-2017), he was twice elected Chair of the Faculty Senate and he recently became Professor Emeritus from that institution.  In 2014/2015 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bonn. Dr. Cole was twice elected Chair of the Accelerator Applications Division of the American Nuclear Society and has been the General Chair for three iterations of the International Topical Meeting on the Applications of Accelerators (AccApp’15, AccApp’17 & AccApp’19). He holds one U.S. patent on a nuclear physics accelerator application. On Sept 1, 2017, he officially began his new position as Chair of the Physics Department at Lamar University, just two days after Hurricane Harvey dumped 26 inches of rain in one night in Beaumont, Texas.  Thus his serendipitous interest in Harvey Recovery.

Plenary Talk:  Harvey Recovery: Drones, Cores, and Photon Activation Analysis



Jonathan B. Farr

Medical Physics: Appications of Detectors and Accelerators to Medicine (ADAM SA)

Advanced Oncotherapy plc

Jonathan Farr received his Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University in 2003 and completed his Habilitation in “Experimental Radiation Oncology with an emphasis on Medical Physics” at the Universitätsklinikum Essen-Duisburg, Germany in 2012. He has made contributions to the development, characterization, and application of particle therapy systems. Dr. Farr has served as chief of medical physics at the Westdeutsches Protonentherapiezentrum, Essen, Germany, and at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA. He is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Physics and serves as the Director of Medical Physics at ADAM, a research company inspired by CERN. Dr. Farr has published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented over 140 abstracts at scientific conferences.

Plenary talk: New Horizons in Particle Therapy Systems