David C. Larbalestier (Panel Chair)

Dr. Larbalestier is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he holds the L.V. Shubnikov Professorship and the Grainger Professorship of Superconductivity. Since 1992 he has been the director of the Applied Superconductivity Center, an interdisciplinary center of 10 groups and about 80 participants. He has been awarded the Matthey Prize (University of London), an IR-100 award (1978), the 1991 IEEE Particle Accelerator Conference award (jointly with Ronald Scanlan of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory), and he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has served on review panels of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy and was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on High Temperature Superconductivity. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and has been invited to give more than 80 presentations at scientific meetings.

Richard D. Blaugher

Dr. Blaugher is a principal scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Program Manager for the NREL high temperature superconductivity research. He provides the primary technical support to the Department of Energy (DOE) Superconductivity Partnership Initiative administered by the DOE Golden Field Office. He has an extensive background in superconductivity that spans over 30 years. Prior to joining NREL, he was manager of the Superconductivity and Electronics Department at the Westinghouse R&D Center until 1988, then managed high temperature superconductor research at Intermagnetics General Corporation (1988-91). He has served on various government committees on superconductivity and has also served on the boards of Applied Superconductivity and Cryogenic Engineering. He has published over 90 papers and review articles related to cryogenic and superconducting materials.

Robert E. Schwall

Dr. Schwall is Vice President of Engineered Products at American Superconductor Corporation (ASC), where he is responsible for all magnet and systems activity; this includes electromagnets, motors, generators, and cryogenic subsystems. Prior to joining ASC Dr. Schwall spent 9 years with IBM, where his work concerned superconducting magnets for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), operation of semiconductors at low temperatures, and development of optical tooling. Earlier he spent 9 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at Intermagnetics General Corporation in the areas of superconductive materials and devices. He received his BS in Physics from St. Mary's University of Texas and his MS and PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 50 papers and patents in the fields of superconductivity and cryogenics.

Robert S. Sokolowski

Dr. Sokolowski is responsible for all operations of Intermagnetics' superconducting materials business. Previously, he directed the company's high temperature superconductor (HTS) program and was, for eight years, with Allied Signal (amorphous metals) and Olin Corporation (thin-strip casting of nonferrous alloys). Prior to joining Intermagnetics, he was responsible at NASA headquarters for a $60 million program in microgravity materials science. He was also responsible for international coordination of cooperative R&D at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, as program scientist for international Spacelab missions. He was Chief of Solidification Physics, the Center's Assistant Space Station Scientist, and U.S. Microgravity Laboratory-1 Mission Scientist, and also served as a member of the Federal Coordinating Committee on Science, Engineering, and Technology. He received his BS and PhD (Materials Engineering) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He holds process patents in continuous casting and has published articles in the areas of solidification, microgravity applications, and high temperature superconductivity.

Masaki Suenaga

Dr. Suenaga is a senior metallurgist and group leader of the Superconducting Materials Group in the Materials Science Division of Brookhaven National Lab (BNL). He specializes in superconducting materials, mechanical properties, phase stability, and applications of electron microscopy. In the past he was head of the Metallurgy and Materials Science Division of BNL (1978-86), was a member of the Review Committee for the Materials and Chemical Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and board member of International Cryogenic Materials Conference and Applied Superconductivity Conference. He is currently adjunct professor of Materials Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY.

Jeffrey O. Willis

Dr. Willis has been a technical staff member in the Superconductivity Technology Center (STC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory since the STC was founded in 1988 to conduct research and development in high temperature superconductivity (HTS). He conducts research on the physics and materials science of HTS materials, primarily of bulk HTS wires and tapes, and is the technical coordinator at the STC for bulk conductor R&D. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical journal articles on HTS and on other superconducting and magnetic materials during his professional career. He received a BS in Engineering Physics and MS and PhD (1976) in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1978. He was a visiting scientist for 1 years (1990-91) at the Superconductivity Research Laboratory of the International Superconductivity Technology Center (ISTEC) in Tokyo, Japan, and spent six months at Tohoku University's Institute for Materials Research in 1997. Willis has been a participant in the US/Japan Workshop on Superconductivity since 1992, and he completed the two-year Japanese Industry and Management of Technology program at the University of New Mexico in 1994. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

Published: September 1997; WTEC Hyper-Librarian