U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Recognition and Accolades

2017 – Students write Elegant Tutorial

Katherine Woodruff and Sebastian Szustkowski wrote the tutorial "Stern-Gerlach Elegant Simulation" as their final report for Richard Talman and Charles Thangaraj's recent Electrostatic Storage Rings course.
Read their tutorial here...

"Electrostatic Storage Rings” class photo, January 2017

2017 – Free-Electron Laser textbook written by USPAS faculty members

Kwang-Je Kim and Ryan Lindberg from Argonne National Lab and Zhirong Huang from SLAC National Accelerator Lab have written a new textbook titled “Synchrotron Radiation and Free-Electron Lasers: Principles of Coherent X-Ray Generation”, based on course materials they developed for their wildly popular USPAS class “Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays”. The textbook will be published by Cambridge University Press in May.
Read more here...

"Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays” class photo, June 2016

2017 - Arden Warner receives Barbados Golden Jubilee Award

USPAS instructor and alumnus Arden Warner was awarded the "Barbados Golden Jubilee Award for Innovation and Technology" from Barbados Governor General Elliott Belgrave. The award was given in recognition of Warner's contributions to innovative energy research in solar and wind energy, in addition to his contributions to oil spill remediation technology. Read full article...

Photo Credit: Fermilab

2016 - USPAS class writes paper and gives an oral presentation at NAPAC 2016

At our summer 2016 session, Prof. Andrei Seryi again taught the course "Unifying Physics of Accelerators, Lasers and Plasma – Synergy and Bridges." As a class project, Prof. Seryi’s students designed a novel light source based on a laser-plasma accelerator. They then wrote a paper detailing their idea for submission to the 2016 North American Particle Accelerator Conference. The paper was selected for an oral presentation and the talk was given by Marlene Turner, a PhD candidate from CERN. Congratulations to Andrei and to his entire class for their work. This is a first for a USPAS course. You can download their paper here....

Pictured from left to right are some of the students from Prof. Seryi's class: James Gerity, Marlene Turner, (Prof. Seryi), Auralee Edelen, and Chun Yan "Jonathan" Wong.
Photo Credit: Linda DeVito. Class photo is available here.

2016 - Washington Post article features the magnetic Tim Koeth

The Washington Post wrote a terrific article about how USPAS faculty member and alumnus Tim Koeth is attracting students by sharing his love of Cyclotrons. He'll be bringing his yellow extension cord to Rohnert Park, California in January when he teaches "Cyclotrons and Their Design" for our winter session which is sponsored by UC Davis. Read the full story here....

Photo Credit: Andre Chung/For The Washington Post

2016 - USPAS alumni Daniel Bowring and Charles Thangaraj are the first team from Fermilab funded for Lab-Corps program

With eleven USPAS courses between them, Daniel Bowring and Charles Thangaraj already know about "rigorous and demanding" programs. But they learned even more while taking part in Lab-Corps. Lab-Corps (funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) is a "DOE training program that enables scientists at national labs to spot technologies that have potential for commercialization." Read full article...

Left to right are Daniel Bowring and Jayakar "Charles" Thangaraj

2016 - Bill Barletta, John Byrd and Alex Chao receive USPAS 'Iron Man' award

We awarded a second set of "Iron Man" service awards during our June 2016 session with Colorado State University. The awards read “in recognition and appreciation of exceptional contributions in teaching at USPAS sessions”.

Left to right are Derek Lowenstein (past Chair of the USPAS Board of Governors), USPAS Director Bill Barletta [13 courses], Alex Chao [12 courses] and John Byrd [13 courses].

2016 - Mike Syphers and Don Cossairt receive USPAS 'Iron Man' award

During the winter 2016 session of the USPAS hosted by the University of Texas at Austin, we awarded the first “Iron Man” service recognitions to the two faculty members who have taught the most USPAS courses over the more than 50 university-style sessions since 1987. Read more here.....

Left to right are Don Cossairt [13 courses], USPAS Director Bill Barletta, Mike Syphers [15 courses].

2016 - Derek Lowenstein receives the Xie Jialin Prize for Outstanding Work in the Accelerator Field

Derek Lowenstein (Former Chair of the USPAS Board of Governors and long-time Board member) is being honored by ACFA for “For his many years of leadership in the accelerator field especially that in the AGS Booster and BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). He led the construction of the AGS Booster, which culminated in the world-record proton intensity in the AGS. This work also formed the basis for the establishment of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory. He was instrumental in realizing this dedicated facility to study radiobiological effects important to human spaceflight to Mars or other planetary missions. He continued his leadership in overseeing the commissioning, operation and upgrades of RHIC, the world’s first heavy ion and polarized proton particle collider. RHIC is a highly successful accelerator facility with its unprecedented flexibility and outstanding luminosity performance.”

2015 - 25th Anniversary of the Division of Physics of Beams of the APS

Upon the 25th anniversary of the Division of Physics of Beams, Stan Schriber writes about USPAS Director Emeritus Mel Month and the birth of the DPB in their 2015 Newsletter. Read full article...

Mel Month "retired" from the Division of Physics of Beams in 1999.

2015 - Chris Tennant published in Popular Photography

USPAS instructor and alumnus Chris Tennant has two articles published in Popular Photography. "New York, Forever Wild" and "Tips from a Pro: Create Inspired Nature Photography".

Photo Credit: Chris Tennant

2015 - DOE Lifetime Achievement award presented to Don Cossairt

USPAS instructor Don Cossairt (far right) was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Accelerator Safety by the Department of Energy's Office of Science. Read full article...

Photo Credit: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab

2015 - USPAS wins strong endorsement of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel

Noting that the United States Particle Accelerator School "plays a key role in training the next generation of researchers and practitioners who are skilled in harnessing the research potential of particle accelerator technology to advance science and engineering across a broad spectrum of disciplines and applications," the Department of Energy's Office of Science charged the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel to perform a retrospective review to evaluate the effectiveness and cumulative impact of USPAS as well as to assess the overall quality and breadth of the USPAS program.

"USPAS very effectively delivers both training and workforce development. USPAS's effectiveness derives from an organizational model responsive to the workforce development and training needs of the DOE laboratories that simultaneously addresses key needs for workforce development and training." Read entire report...

2015 - Arden Warner patents new technology to clean oil spills

USPAS instructor and alumnus Arden Warner patents new technology to clean oil spills. See more info at EMOP.fnal.gov

2014 - Zhirong Huang's road to success at SLAC

Zhirong Huang

From SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory....A featured article about USPAS faculty member, 2011 Achievement Prize recipient and alumnus Zhirong Huang of SLAC and Stanford University. Read full article...

Photo Credit: William Barletta

2014 - Oak Ridge National Lab gives back to USPAS

As reported by Oak Ridge National Lab's "Highlights", when the University of Tennessee Knoxville sponsored the winter 2014 USPAS session, several ORNL staff members took advantage of the opportunity to give back to the USPAS by teaching courses. Oak Ridge also generously arranged a tour of their facilities. Read full article...

2013 - USPAS Lifetime Achievement Award presented to SY Lee

From the Indiana University "Newsroom".....SY Lee, Professor of Physics at Indiana University and former USPAS Director was awarded the USPAS Lifetime Achievement Award in Accelerator Physics and Technology in 2013. Read full article...

2011 - Educating and Training Accelerator Scientists and Technologists for Tomorrow

Read the paper published by William Barletta, Swapan Chattopadhyay and Andrei Seryi published in the Reviews of Accelerator Science and Technology.

"Accelerator science and technology is inherently an integrative discipline that combines aspects of physics, computational science, electrical and mechanical engineering. As few universities offer full academic programs, the education of accelerator physicists and engineers for the future has primarily relied on a combination of on-the-job training supplemented with intense courses at regional accelerator schools. This paper describes the approaches being used to satisfy the educational interests of a growing number of interested physicists and engineers." Read full paper...

2010 - Accelerator school travels university circuit

In 2010, Physics Today ran the story "Accelerator School Travels University Circuit". The article talks about the impact the USPAS has in the area of accelerator education. Read full article...

2008 - A Fearlessly Creative Workforce

Symmetry Magazine explains how the USPAS allows accelerator physicists a chance to share their knowledge with the next generation of scientists and engineers. Read full article...

"Mike Syphers teaches accelerator science not only to physicists, but also to people working in medical, military, and manufacturing fields."

Photo Credit: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab