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Darby DUNN

Darby Dunn is the Vice President of Production at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a clean energy startup based in Devens, MA, where she is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations including manufacturing and facilities. Supported by the world’s leading investors and a collaborative partnership with MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the CFS team is driven by the climate change crisis to develop the fastest path to commercial fusion energy. In her previous role as Head of Manufacturing, Darby led the production of the world’s largest high-temperature superconducting magnet which successfully demonstrated the key technology needed to enable net-positive fusion energy. Before joining the CFS team in early 2019, Darby spent a decade at SpaceX developing and manufacturing the Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station. Darby also co-founded the LGBTQ employee interest groups at both SpaceX & CFS and she is actively involved in STEM outreach events, including sitting on the Board of Directors for Out For Undergrad. She was also named to Business Insider’s list of the Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2017 and to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders in 2018. Darby received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kazumasa IIDA

Dr. Kazumasa Iida is a full professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nihon University. He spent the University of Cambridge from 2004 to 2007 as a postdoctoral researcher under the supervision of Prof. David A Cardwell. After spending 3.5 years in Cambridge, he joined the group led by Prof. Bernhard Holzapfel at the IFW Dresden as a senior scientist. He was appointed as an associate professor at Nagoya University in 2014 and as a full professor at Nihon University in 2022 His research experience covers a wide range of materials, involving the fabrication of Sr-ferrite magnets, the growth of garnet films for magneto-optical imaging, and the growth of HTS and Fe-based superconducting materials in the form of bulks and thin films. He has published more than 200 peer-review research papers. He is currently in the editorial board of Superconductivity.


Dr. Ezio Todesco received his PhD in Physics at the University of Bologna, Italy, on the stability of classical mechanical systems and chaotic motion with application to beam dynamics in circular colliders. In the nineties he participated to the studies of nonlinear motion of protons in the foreseen Large Hadron Collider, and to their long-term stability in view of the magnetic field imperfections. He then joined the CERN magnet group to follow and guarantee the field quality in the production of the LHC main magnets. At the end of the LHC production, he oversaw the magnetic model of the collider during the commissioning phases and in the following runs. In 2007, he started working on the upgrade of the LHC luminosity, focusing on magnet design and on the optics of the interaction regions. Since 2011 he has been leading the worldwide collaboration building the interaction region magnets in the HL-LHC project, with the first Nb3Sn magnets to be installed in a collider in 2026-2028. In 2024, he became the lead for the High Field Magnet program at CERN, in collaboration with numerous institutes and laboratories. He has been teaching superconducting magnet for particle accelerators at the U.S. Particle Accelerator School, at CERN Accelerator School, and at the University of Milano Bicocca. He has been a member of the ASC board since 2020, and he is the author of over 300 publications and contributor to several books.

Kenneth SEGALL

Dr. Ken Segall has been working in superconducting electronics since 1995. His areas of research include superconducting detectors, nonlinear dynamics in superconducting circuits, superconducting quantum computing, quantum tunneling in Josephson arrays, synchronization in superconducting networks, numerical simulation of superconducting circuits, and superconducting artificial neurons and synapses. Dr. Segall received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1999 in the department of Applied Physics where he was the winner of the Harding Bliss Award for Excellence in Applied Physics and Engineering. After some postdoctoral work at Yale, he was a postdoctoral associate at M.I.T. in the Electrical Engineering Department for three years. In 2003 he started as an Assistant Professor at Colgate University in the Physics and Astronomy department, where he has been ever since. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2009 and Full Professor in 2017. He served as department chair in 2013 and from 2014-2017. His teaching interests include Thermodynamics, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Solid State Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Math Methods of Physics, and Sports Statistics and Analytics. He lives in Central New York with his wife and two children.

Alexander GUREVICH

Professor Gurevich is a theoretical condensed matter physicist specializing in superconductivity and materials science of high-performance superconductors carrying high current densities at high dc magnetic fields or operating under large-amplitude radio-frequency electromagnetic fields. His recent works have addressed anomalously large upper critical fields in alloyed MgB2, microwave reduction of nonlinear surface resistance and new ways of boosting the microwave performance of superconducting resonators by surface nanostructuring. In 1989 he was awarded the Humboldt Fellowship to work on the high-Tc cuprares at the Institute of Technical Physics at KFK, Karlsruhe. From 1992 to 2006 he was a senior scientist in the Applied Superconductivity Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked on current-limiting mechanisms in superconducting materials. In 2006 he was a staff scientist at NHMFL, where he worked on properties of the newly discovered iron-based superconductors at high magnetic fields. In 2012 he joined the faculty of the Physics Department at Old Dominion University as a full professor. Gurevich is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has published two books and more than 190 journal papers and has given 110 invited talks.

Michael Holt

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Shawn May

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Joanne Scott

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Greg Fowler

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Sophie Carlson

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