U-M Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) Professor Karl Krushelnick has been named the Henry J. Gomberg Collegiate Professor of Engineering.
Krushelnick joined the NERS faculty in 2006 and was awarded the NERS Outstanding Faculty award in 2010. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, the UK Institute of Physics, and the American Physical Society.
Krushelnick’s research interests include high intensity/short-pulse laser system development, nonlinear optics, nuclear fusion, laser-plasma interactions, “table-top” particle accelerators using lasers, high field physics, x-ray laser development and applications, science, and applications of pulsed power discharges.
Krushelnick is director of the U-M Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS). CUOS is currently building ZEUS, which when finished will be the most powerful laser in the U.S. Krushelnick is also a member of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE).
The professorship is named for Professor Henry Gomberg, who was the first chair of NERS and the first director of the Phoenix Project. Gomberg’s leadership played an important role in
the department’s growth, continuity, and success.
“Honoring Karl with the Gomberg Professorship is fitting. Like Gomber, who led the first premier facility in the Nuclear Engineering Department, Karl has built the premier ultrafast laser lab in the country,” said NERS Chair Todd Allen.