U.S. Particle Accelerator School

Recognition and Accolades

2019 – USPAS class is her "a-ha!" moment

In an interview by the Adler Planetarium's "Chicago's Black Women in STEAM" series, Jessica Esquivel talks about what sparked her interest in physics, how to make STEAM more accessible to minorities and how the USPAS 'Storage Rings for Precision Physics Applications -- Muon g-2' class was an "a-ha" moment in her career.

Read the full interview here...

2019 – A few minutes with Sam Posen

USPAS alumnus Sam Posen is interviewed by Fermi Today.

Watch the video here...

2019 – New Scholarships from the APS DPB

Elisabeth Renner  

Congratulations to Elisabeth Renner, TU Vienna (left) and Michelle Miller, Indiana University (right) for being selected by the APS DPB to receive a scholarship to attend our June session in Albuquerque. The American Physical Society (APS) Division of Physics of Beams (DPB) is the world’s largest and oldest (est. 1985) professional association of accelerator physics and engineers.  The DPB is dedicated to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge regarding the nature and behavior of beams and the instruments for their production. The DPB promotes education in beam science and technology, and provides targeted support and networking opportunities for junior members.  For membership opportunities please visit https://www.aps.org/membership/.

Announcements about future DPB scholarships will be made via our website.

2019 – A few minutes with Todd Satogata

Alumnus and instructor Todd Satogata who is "Committed to the Future of Scientists and Science" is interviewed by Jefferson Lab.
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2019 – Radiation Physics textbook written by USPAS faculty members

J. Donald Cossairt and Matthew Quinn of Fermilab have written a textbook based on their USPAS course: “Accelerator Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection”. This text is a comprehensive reference for accelerator designers, operators, managers, health and safety staff, and governmental regulators. Up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, it allows readers to effectively work together to ensure radiation safety for workers, to protect the environment, and adhere to all applicable standards and regulations.
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2018 – “Beams and Accelerators with MATLAB” textbook written by USPAS faculty member

Beams and Accelerators With MATLAB

Dan Green of Fermilab has written a textbook inspired by his USPAS class “MATLAB for Physics”. The book "Beams and Accelerators with MATLAB" (World Scientific Publishers) explores a first introduction to particle beams and accelerators. It uses the suite of tools made available in the MATLAB package. Since many colleges have a site wide license, these tools are often freely available to students. The text is compact and focuses on graphical data display and dynamical "movies" as an aid to understanding specific systems. Hands on dialogue using command line inputs, "apps", and "live" tools are stressed. The extensive algebraic steps are subsumed into the associated scripts, where the symbolic math utilities spare the reader from the math manipulations. Both beams and periodic structures are covered. Dispersion, insertions, acceleration and light sources are discussed.
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2018 – CM&EM textbook written by USPAS faculty members

Gennady Stupakov and Gregory Penn of SLAC have written a textbook based on their USPAS course: “Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism in Accelerator Physics” . This text is intended for graduate students who are beginning to explore the field of accelerator physics, but is also recommended for those who are familiar with particle accelerators but wish to delve further into the theory underlying some of the more pressing concerns in their design and operation. It includes exercises and discusses a broad range of selected topics from classical mechanics and electromagnetic theory that inform key issues related to modern accelerators.
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2018 – Natalie Mujica-Schwahn receives RadiaBeam scholarship

Natalie Mujica-Schwahn

University of Colorado, Boulder graduate student Natalie Mujica-Schwahn was selected to receive a special scholarship to attend our winter 2019 session from RadiaBeam Technologies, LLC is a high-tech company specializing in accelerator technology, instrumentation, and applications. The company was founded in 2004 as a spin-off of the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy with the mission of bringing high impact, innovative accelerator science concepts from lab to market. Today, RadiaBeam is an internationally-recognized supplier of high-quality accelerator systems and components, with a diverse product line that includes RF structures, magnets, diagnostics, complete accelerator beamlines, complete linac systems, OEM linac structures and betatrons. RadiaBeam also has an active research program focused on novel beam instrumentation, advanced accelerators and light sources, new commercial accelerator systems, homeland security applications, and novel manufacturing techniques. Congratulations, Natalie!

2018 – Jonathan Ang Sixian receives RadiaSoft scholarship

Jonathan Ang Sixian

Columbia University graduate student Jonathan Ang Sixian was selected to receive a special scholarship to attend our winter 2019 session from RadiaSoft LLC. RadiaSoft scientists simulate vacuum chambers, particle accelerators, radiation shielding, X-ray beamlines, thermionic converters, electron beam welding and other systems for industry, universities and national labs. They deliver software solutions via Sirepo, their open source framework for cloud computing, https://github.com/radiasoft/sirepo, which is used to develop intuitive browser-based GUIs for a wide range of high-performance codes. Sirepo.com is their free Science Gateway for particle accelerator and X-ray beamline design. Sirepo/Elegant and Sirepo/Synergia have been used to teach accelerator physics at USPAS and in South Korea. Sirepo/SRW is used for classroom education at La Trobe University in Australia. Congratulations, Jonathan!

2018 – Daniel Bowring receives DOE Early Career Research Award

Daniel Bowring

USPAS alumnus Daniel Bowring was one of three Fermilab scientists to receive the 2018 DOE Early Career Research Award, a prestigious award designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

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2018 – Elvin Harms receives Iron Man Award

Elvin Harms

We gave our sixth "Iron Man" service award to Elvin Harms during a ceremony at our winter 2018 session which was hosted by Old Dominion University and held in Hampton, Virginia. Elvin was honored for teaching13 courses and his award reads "in recognition and appreciation of exceptional contributions in teaching at USPAS sessions".

2017 – Accelerator Dynamics textbook written by USPAS faculty members

Stephen Peggs of Brookhaven National Lab and Todd Satogata of Jefferson Lab have written a textbook titled “Introduction to Accelerator Dynamics”. This introductory text presents a detailed account of the field of accelerator physics, including particle acceleration, collision and beam dynamics, and the important engineering considerations inherent in the effective construction and operation of particle accelerators. It is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, accelerator scientists, and engineers.
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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”.
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

Bill Barletta, John Byrd and Alex Chao

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

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