Dr. Peter J. Turchi, is Senior Scientist for High-Power Microwaves and Pulsed Power, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. Dr. Turchi guides, advises and conducts Air Force research and development activities in high energy-density pulsed power, plasma and directed energy systems. He is a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives.
Dr. Turchi received his professional education at Princeton University. He entered active duty in the Air Force in 1970 as a laboratory plasma physicist at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. While assigned to the laboratory, Dr. Turchi initiated programs on soft X-ray generation by multi-megampere-driven plasma implosions, and explosively-driven, magnetic-flux compression generators. In 1972, he became a civilian scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., where he headed the Plasma Technology Branch. Branch activities ranged from intense electron and ion beams, to controlled fusion, to compact pulsed-power systems, based on rotating machinery and magnetic energy.
After leaving the NRL in 1980, Dr. Turchi became Director of the Washington Research Laboratory of R&D Associates, Inc. In this position, he led projects on high energy-density pulsed power for nuclear weapons simulation, space propulsion and missile defense. In 1989, he was appointed Professor of Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University, where he taught and conducted research on advanced space propulsion. While on a sabbatical, he served as Visiting Chief Scientist for Advanced Weapons and Survivability, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. In 1999, Dr. Turchi began work in New Mexico at the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he led the development of pulsed power and liner implosion experiments in support of nuclear weapon stockpile stewardship. That same year he returned The Ohio State University as adjunct professor of aerospace engineering, a position he continues to hold.
Dr. Turchi has written or co-written more than 160 publications on pulsed power, space propulsion, and high energy-density plasma and particle-beam systems. His many patents include co-invention of the Shiva electromagnetic implosion X-ray source. He has served as chairman of numerous national and international scientific conferences, review panels and committees for pulsed power, space propulsion and power, and high magnetic fields.
1967 Bachelor of science degree in engineering, aerospace and mechanical sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
1969 Master of arts degree in aerospace and mechanical sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
1970 Doctor of philosophy degree in aerospace and mechanical sciences, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
1. 1963 1970, research associate, Princeton Plasma Propulsion Laboratory, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
2. 1970 1972, laboratory plasma physicist, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
3. 1972 1980, group leader, Imploding Liner Group, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. (1976 1980, Chief, Plasma Technology Branch, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.)
5. 1980 1989, senior scientist, R&D Associates Inc., Arlington, Va. (1981 1989, Director, RDA Washington Research Laboratory, Alexandria, Va; and 1988 - 1988, adjunct professor of aerospace engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio)
6. 1989 1999, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (1996 1997, visiting chief scientist for advanced weapons and survivability, Air Force Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.)
7. 1999 2001, team and project leader, hydrodynamics and pulsed power science, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, N.M. (1999 2001, adjunct professor of aerospace engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio)
8. 2002 present, Senior Scientist for High Power Microwaves and Pulsed Power, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1967 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics National Student Award
1967 1970 Graduate Fellow, National Science Foundation
1972 Tau Beta Pi
1973 1980 U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force invention awards
1976 Research Publication Award, Naval Research Laboratory
1987 Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1999 Erwin Marx Pulsed Power Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
2000 IEEE Fellow
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
American Physical Society
President and Director, Electric Rocket Propulsion Society
Director, Megagauss Institute