U.S. Particle Accelerator School

About the USPAS

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 has primarily relied on a combination of on-the-job training supplemented with intense courses at regional accelerator schools. The first such school was held in 1981 and until 1989, a seminar format seemed adequate to expose senior members of the community to the many facets of accelerator physics and technology. After a few years it became clear that to provide substantive staff development and to educate people adequately, a more rigorous classroom regimen would be required. In 1987 the U.S. Particle Accelerator School initiated its first credit course program. To carry out its educational mission, the USPAS developed programs of courses suitable for universities. Major universities, in partnership with the national laboratories, underwrite the offerings and provide the necessary quality control. Through this administrative framework, universities across the nation can offer our high-quality advanced technology courses.

About USPAS

The U.S. Particle Accelerator School is a national graduate program that provides graduate-level training and workforce development in the science of particle beams and their associated accelerator technologies that are not otherwise available to the scientific and engineering communities...

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Recognition and Accolades

"...university programs in accelerator physics don't produce enough scientists to support the field. Particle physics laboratories and the US Particle Accelerator School help fill the void, Harkay says, supplying the knowledge and manpower needed now to have the next generation..."

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USPAS Instructors

See a list of past and present USPAS instructors.

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USPAS Directors

The current USPAS Director is Prof. William A. Barletta. You can view the list of past USPAS Directors.

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Director's Advisory Council

The USPAS Director’s Advisory Council is convened by and reports to the USPAS Director to provide primary advice concerning strategic directions, evolving needs in workforce development in accelerator science and technology and specific advice concerning each of the USPAS sessions. The Council’s advice includes, but is not limited to, course curricula and syllabi; instructor selection; locations or host institutions; evaluation of the financial plans and operations of the sessions; evaluation of the impact of the sessions; USPAS-affiliated degree programs; joint sessions with international counterparts; and scholarships and prizes.

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USPAS Prize for Achievement in Accelerator Physics and Technology

The USPAS prize honors individuals by recognizing their outstanding achievements over the full range of accelerator physics and technology. The prizes are awarded on a competitive basis without bias to race, gender, and/or nationality.

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FAQs

Q: How many sessions do you offer each year?
A: We offer two sessions each year, one in June and one in January.

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