Mark Kushner, George I. Haddad Professor of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science and Director of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science
and Engineering, was awarded the 2010 Will Allis Prize for the Study of
Ionized Gases from the American Physical Society.
Prof. Kushner received this award, "For ground-breaking contributions to
developing and applying hybrid plasma models that have advanced the
fundamental understanding of the chemistry, surface kinetics, and energy
transport in low temperature plasmas." His research area is low temperature
plasmas, their fundamental properties and technological applications,
ranging from lasers to material processing.
Mark J. Kushner received the BS in Nuclear Engineering and the BA in
Astronomy from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1976; and the
MS and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology
in 1977 and 1979.
He served on the technical staffs of Sandia National Laboratory and Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory before joining Spectra Technology where he was
Director of Electron, Atomic, and Molecular Physics. In 1986, Dr. Kushner
joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where
he was the Founder Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering while also serving in many administrative roles. In
January 2005, Dr. Kushner became Dean of Engineering and the Melsa Professor
of Engineering at Iowa State University where he established the Engineering
Policy and Leadership Institute and initiated the 2050 Challenge to focus
education, research and outreach on addressing the most pressing of societal
Prof. Kushner joined the University of Michigan as founding director of the
Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering and George I. Haddad
Collegiate Professor in September 2008. He also holds appointments in the
Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences and in the
Applied Physics Program.
He is a Fellow of the APS, IEEE, Optical Society of America, American Vacuum
Society and Institute of Physics. He is on the editorial boards of several
journals and editor-in-chief of Plasma Sources Science and Technology.
Prof. Kushner has received the Semiconductor Research Corp. Technical
Excellence Award, the Tegal Thinker Award for Plasma Etch Technology, the
AVS Plasma Science and Technology Award, IEEE Plasma Science and
Applications Award and the Semiconductor Industry Association University
About the Award
The Will Allis
Prize was established in 1989 in recognition of the outstanding
contributions of Will Allis to the study of ionized gases. It is awarded in
The Allis Prize will be presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the APS
Physics Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics,
DAMOP 2010, to be held in Houston,
TX, May 25-29, 2010.
APS Physics Announcement of Prof. Kushner's award
Posted: October 6, 2009 by
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