Dr. Thomas W. Hussey is senior scientist for high-powered microwave plasma science and technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. He guides Air Force research and development activities in high-energy-density pulsed power and radio frequency source development. He is a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives.
Hussey earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Florida in 1974. In 1975 he joined the Air Force Weapons Laboratory as an active-duty Air Force officer and was responsible for the numerical modeling of high-energy-density z-pinch plasmas under development for nuclear weapons effects simulation. He was first to quantify the effect of non-linear Rayleigh-Taylor instability on fast, hollow-core z pinches. In 1979 he left the Air Force and joined Sandia National Laboratories where he worked with the theoretical and numerical modeling of numerous high-energy-density plasma problems, including z pinches, x-ray lasers, cathode plasma formation and evolution, hohlraum physics, and high-current-density electrode behavior.
In 1991 Hussey joined the Phillips Laboratory to lead a group responsible for applying high-performance computing technology to the numerical simulation of high-energy-density plasmas. His work was instrumental to developing and distributing, both inside and outside the Defense Department, a series of plasma physics simulation codes. In 1995 he managed the High-Energy Sources Division with responsibility for high-power microwave source and pulsed-power development. From 1997 to 1999 he served as program manager for a customer-directed effort, and since late 1999, has served as technical adviser to a modeling, simulation and analysis group that provides end-to-end source to target modeling.
1969 Bachelor of science degree in physics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1971 Master of science degree in physics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1974 Doctor of philosophy degree in physics, University of Florida, Gainesville
1. 1975 - 1979, project officer, Air Force Weapons Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
2. 1979 - 1991, technical staff senior member, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, N.M.
3. 1991 - 1995, team leader, High-Performance Computing, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
4. 1995 - 1997, chief, High-Energy Sources Division, Phillips Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
5. 1997 - 1999, program manager, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
6. 1999 - present, senior scientist for high-powered microwave plasma science and technology, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
American Physical Society
Association of Old Crows
Charter member, Directed-Energy Professional Society