Short Course Instructors Biographies


Design of Superconducting magnets for particle accelerators and detectors

Paolo Ferracin is currently a staff scientist in the Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) Group at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva. After graduating in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico of Torino, Italy in 1998, he joined the CERN Main Magnet and Superconductors Group as a PhD Student to work on the mechanics and magnetics of the main superconducting dipole magnets for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). In May 2002, he started working in the Superconducting Magnet Program  of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), first as a Physicist Postdoctoral Fellow and then as a Staff Scientist, on the development of Nb3Sn dipoles and quadrupoles for the next generation particle accelerators. In 2011, he re-joined the MSC group at CERN. For the past 19 years, he has conducted research in the area of applied superconductivity and superconducting magnet technology for particle accelerators.

Herman ten Kate received his Bachelor degree from the University of Twente in 1976, his M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Superconductivity in 1980 (for research on superconducting switches and transformers) and his Ph.D. degree for thesis research on ‘Superconducting Rectifiers” in 1985. In 1985 he became an assistant professor at the University of Twente and was the leader of the High Current Superconductivity Group from 1991 though 1996. In 1997, Prof. Ten Kate was appointed to a special chair as Extraordinary Professor for Industrial Applications of Superconductivity. In 1996 he accepted an appointment at CERN where he worked on a number of projects developing high performance, high field superconducting magnets for particle accelerator applications as a staff member of the Physics Department and became the ATLAS Magnet Systems Project Leader. The ATLAS Magnet system is the largest superconducting magnet system built for particle accelerator applications and played a critical role on the recent discovery of the Higgs boson. In addition to ATLAS he and his team is involved in problems solving for various detector magnets at CERN, as well as design of new detector magnets for ILC, IAXO and PANDA and is leading the design of the new detector magnets for the Future Circular Collider.


High Temperature Superconducting Materials: Fabrication, Properties, and their Deployment in Large Scale Applications

Prof. Carmine Senatore was appointed head of the Group of Applied Superconductivity at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, in 2010. He received his MSc degree cum laude in Physics in 2000 and his doctoral degree in 2004 at the University of Salerno, Italy. His formation as solid state physicist was focused on the vortex dynamics in high-Tc superconductors. Presently, his primary activity is on superconducting materials for large-scale applications. The research of Prof. Senatore is driven by the challenge to understand and control the basic properties required for the practical implementation of superconductors. This includes all material aspects that play a role in tuning the superconductor properties as well as innovative approaches to the processing of superconducting wires and tapes. His activities focus on the development of both low- and high-Tc superconductors for applications in various fields, from the high field magnets for NMR/MRI systems and particle accelerators to the emerging applications in the electric power infrastructure. Recently, his group has developed and tested in collaboration with Bruker BioSpin a superconducting coil able to generate a magnetic field of 25 Tesla. Senatore also takes part in the CERN study for the next generation accelerator magnets in view of a 100 TeV energy-frontier hadron collider.

Matteo Alessandrini is a Group Leader in the R&D department of NMR magnets of Bruker BioSpin AG in Switzerland. He has 10+ yrs of experience in the field of MRI/NMR magnets and superconducting wire technologies. He holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from University of Bologna and a Master in Space Studies from ISU, Strasbourg. He received his PhD in 2007 in the group of Dr. Salama at UH-TcSUH under the interdisciplinary program of Materials Engineering working in collaboration with NASA-JSC and AdAstraRocket co. on a thesis about MgB2 wires for weight-critical applications. He was an intern at LASA-Milan and at LBNL. Before joining Bruker, Dr. Alessandrini worked on MRI magnet technologies at GE-GRC in Niskayuna, NY.


Superconducting Power Devices

Mark Ainslie received the B.E. (Electrical & Electronic) & B.A. (Japanese) degree in from the University of Adelaide, Australia, in 2004, the M.Eng. degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the European Society for Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) Young Researcher’s Award in Large Scale Applications for his PhD work on transport AC loss in high-temperature superconducting (HTS) coils. From 2012-2017, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group at the University of Cambridge, where he investigated the engineering interactions of conventional, magnetic and superconducting materials for electrical applications. This work focussed on the use of HTS materials in bulk and wire form to increase the electrical and magnetic loadings of an axial gap, trapped flux-type superconducting electric machine. In July 2017, he became an EPSRC Early Career Fellow, also in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, as the principal investigator of a five-year, £1.1 million project investigating the use of bulk HTS materials in portable, high field magnet systems. His research interests cover a broad range of topics in applied superconductivity in electrical engineering, including superconducting electric machine design, bulk superconductor magnetisation, numerical modelling, and interactions between conventional and superconducting materials.

Antonio Morandi holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering. Since 2006 he is with the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering where is appointed professor of Elements of Electrical Engineering, Electric Energy Storage and Applied Superconductivity. He is also supervisor of PhD programs on Applied Superconductivity. His research interests are on power applications of High Temperature Superconductors and advanced energy systems. He has coordinated several research projects in this field funded by Public Agencies and by private companies and has contributed to the prototyping of superconducting power apparatus (FCL and SMES) and to the development of modelling and design tools. Antonio Morandi is author of about 50 technical papers published in international journals and conferences. He is inventor of two patents. He is reviewer of research projects in the energy sector for the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research and foreign research institutes. He has given several invited talks at international conferences and research associations and has moderated several technical discussions. He is member of the Italian mirror Committee IEC TC90 – Superconductivity and is member of the International Steering Committee on HTS Modeling. He has been member of program committees in international conferences. He has been the chairman of the 5th International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of High Temperature Superconductors, Bologna-Italy, 2016. Antonio Morandi is member of the ESAS board. He is a senior member of IEEE and serves as technical editor for IEEE Transaction on Applied Superconductivity.


Superconducting Electronics and Quantum Computation

Paul Seidel is professor of Applied Physics and head of the Low Temperature Physics Department at Institute of Solid State Physics of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He works in the field of superconductivity since 1975. His research interests are Josephson effects and tunnelling in superconducting devices, thin film SQUIDs and their applications, surface and transport properties in epitaxial layer systems, cryogenics, and material science at low temperatures. Prof. Seidel got an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and acts as a guest professor at the University Bonn, Germany as well as at the University Osaka, Japan. He has authored more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Prof. Seidel is member of the German Physical Society, the Materials Research Society and the European Society of Applied Superconductivity (ESAS) since their foundation. Since 2015 he is the secretary of the ESAS president. He worked in advisory boards of international conferences and workshops, like ASC, ISEC and EUCAS. He was the editor of the book “Applied Superconductivity – Handbook on devices and applications”.


Cryogenic Systems Engineering: Cryocoolers or Cryogens

Dr. Melora Larson is the Technical Group Supervisor for the Cryogenic Instruments and Technology group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is also a member of the Payload Systems Engineering Team for the Europa Clipper mission. In addition, she helped select and manage the Cryocooler for the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space telescope during its design phase. She still provides Systems Engineering support to MIRI. Dr. Larson has a BS with Honors in Physics from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in experimental Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has worked in cryogenics since she was an undergraduate, when she wrote her Honors thesis on her work for the space mission Gravity Probe-B.


Effective Technical Presentations & Papers Educational

Julia M. Williams, PhD, is Dean of Cross-Cutting Programs and Emerging Opportunities & Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA. In her role as dean of of CCPEO, she supports the work of faculty who create multi-disciplinary learning opportunities for Rose-Hulman students. Throughout her career at Rose-Hulman, she has blended her work in the classroom teaching engineering communication with work in assessment. Williams’ publications on assessment, engineering and professional communication, and tablet PCs have appeared in the Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Technical Communication Quarterly, and The Impact of Tablet PCs and Pen-based Technologies in the Classroom, among others. She has been awarded grants from Microsoft, HP, the Engineering Communication Foundation, and National Science Foundation. Currently she collaborates with colleagues at Rose-Hulman and at the University of Washington Center for Evaluation & Research in STEM Equity (CERSE) to support the work of the Revolutionizing Engineering and Computer Science Departments (RED) grant recipients. She has received numerous awards including the 2015 Schlesinger Award (IEEE Professional Communication Society), and the 2010 Sterling Olmsted Award (ASEE Liberal Education Division).