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Lance Cooley

Prof. Lance Cooley is a Florida State University professor in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, in addition to his MagLab roles as director of the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) and an associate lab director.

Cooley began his career in superconducting materials in 1986 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, in the Applied Superconductivity Center under the direction of Prof. David Larbalestier. Lance’s early career, starting with his Ph.D. thesis, explored the ultimate limits of electric current in superconducting wires used for magnets. His thesis was awarded the Materials Research Society Graduate Award for the construction of periodic arrangements of flux-pinning centers at nanometer scale in superconducting wires. He earned a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, and later returned to Madison, Wisconsin, as a member of the research faculty to further investigate limits of superconductors.

The discovery of superconductivity in magnesium diboride in 2001 prompted Cooley to move to Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he eventually became head of the Superconducting Materials Group. He moved to Fermilab in 2007 to lead the SRF Materials Group, and later the Superconducting Materials Department. During this time, he coordinated external programs at multiple universities, laboratories and industry to improve performance of superconducting radio-frequency cavities and superconducting wires. This led to specifications and international standards related to niobium commerce, for which he received the International Electrotechnical Commission 1906 Award. He joined Florida State University and MagLab in 2017. He is also the manager of conductor acquisition for the Large Hadron Collider High-Luminosity Accelerator Upgrade Project as well as the head of Conductor Procurement and R&D for the National Magnet Development Program, both in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of High-Energy Physics.

Cooley serves as vice-president for publications for the IEEE Council on Superconductivity, which publishes the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. He has served on many review panels of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has over 120 refereed publications, and has given more than 30 colloquia, plenary or public lectures.

Stephen Gourlay

Dr. Stephen Gourlay was formerly a Senior Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), retiring from the Lab in 2017. He started his career as an experimental particle physicist at Fermilab but soon moved into the field of superconducting magnets as project physicist for the new low beta insertions for the Tevatron. In 1995 he led the Superconducting Magnet Group at Fermilab, working on the design of IR quadrupoles for the Large Hadron Collider. After a year as a Scientific Associate at CERN he moved to LBNL in 1997 where he served as head of the high field magnet R&D program and was Director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division for 8 years. From its inception in 2003 until 2006, he headed the magnet activities of the DOE LHC Accelerator Research Program that produced the magnet technology now used for the LHC Hi-Lumi upgrade. In 2015 he led the creation of the US Magnet Development Program and became its first director. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and served on the Executive Committee of the APS-Division of Physics of Beams and as Chair in 2016. He was a member of the ASC Board from 1998 – 2016 and served as chair of ASC 2012.

Judy Wu

Dr. Judy Wu is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Kansas. She received her PhD from the University of Houston. She is an experimental condensed matter physicist and is specialized in fabrication, characterization and device applications of thin films and nanostructures. Her current research focuses on understanding the interfaces in superconducting nanocomposite films, ultrathin metal-insulator-metal tunnel junctions including Josephson tunnel junctions, magnetic tunnel junctions, memristors, and in graphene-based heterostructures nanohybrids quantum sensors. Judy Wu was elected to the ASC board in 2002 and has served on ASC technical committee since then.

Marissa Giustina

Dr. Marissa Giustina joined Google’s quantum computing research effort in 2016 and currently leads the device packaging effort as a Staff Research Scientist and Quantum Electronics Engineer. Prior to Google, Dr. Giustina worked at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, where she designed, built, and published a “loophole-free” experiment testing Bell’s inequality using entangled optical photons and superconducting optical TES detectors.

Caroline Kilbourne

Dr. Caroline Kilbourne is a senior scientist in the X-ray Astrophysics Laboratory of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she’s been developing low-temperature microcalorimeters for high-resolution x-ray spectroscopy since arriving as a post-doc in 1992. She began researching microcalorimeters in 1987 when, as a Stanford graduate student, she adapted NASA thermistor-based calorimeters to a hard x-ray, inelastic scattering experiment by coupling them to thick Sn x-ray absorbers. She came to Goddard Space Flight Center as a National Research Council associate in 1992, and she joined the permanent staff in 1995. Her responsibilities at Goddard have ranged from advanced detector development at the sensor level to optimizing the myriad systems and their interfaces needed to progress from a promising sensor technology to a robust, space-worthy spectrometer.  In 2022 she was awarded a NASA Distinguished Service Medal for her mission-enabling developments.

Dr. Kilbourne is presently an instrument scientist for the XRISM/Resolve x-ray spectrometer, which is readying for launch in a year. She is also a co-investigator on the Athena/X-IFU spectrometer and is actively involved in developing future mission concepts. She is looking forward to applying these milli-Kelvin sensors to a wide range of detailed investigations of the mega-Kelvin, x-ray-emitting Universe.

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