Short Courses

Short course programs will be offered during the morning (8:00AM – 12:00PM) of Thursday, June 11.   Attendees have the option of registering with a short course (for an additional fee) as part of the conference registration process.  Please contact the Short Course Chair with questions on the short course program.

Note that a minimum number of attendees are required to hold a short course.  If a course becomes cancelled, the registered course attendees will have the option of signing up for another course or receiving a refund.

Short Course 1:
Solid-state pulsed power and commercial applications
8:00AM – 12:00PM) of Thursday, June 11

Instructor: Prof. Luis Redondo


The course will focus on fundamental concepts for repetitive high-voltage pulse generation using state-of-the-art power semiconductor technology. This includes the most common power semiconductors devices used in solid-state-based high-voltage modulators, characteristics and practical operation, and the most widespread semiconductor-based HV pulse modulator topologies, advantages and limitations, such as the classic Marx generator and voltage multiplier circuits. In addition, future trends on this technology are overviewed. Finally, examples of industrial applications will be discussed, as well as, other aspects related to the type of load requirements these applications present to the high-voltage modulators.


      • Pulsed-Power fundamentals
      • Industrial applications
      • Pulse requirements
      • Energy storage
      • Switching – semiconductors and magnetic switch
      • Opening switch, inductive storage
      • Closing switch, capacitive storage
      • Topologies/techniques for pulse generation
      • Protection, Triggering, thermal considerations
      • How to deal with limitations /stacks
      • The load types (R, L, C)
      • Future trends
      • Summary

Intended audience:

The topics in this course are directed toward graduate students, scientists and engineers, and managers who want to learn from the experimental and design point of view the peculiarities of modern solid-state pulsed power and applications.

About the instructor:
Luis Redondo was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968. He received the B.Sc.and Dipl. Ing. degrees in electrical engineering from the Lisbon Engineering Superior Institute, ISEL, Portugal, in 1990 and 1992, the M.Sc. degree in nuclear physics from the faculty of Sciences from the Lisbon University, FCUL, Portugal in 1996, and the Doctor degree in electrical and computer engineering in 2004, from Technical Superior Institute from the Lisbon Technical University, Portugal. He is currently Coordinator Professor at ISEL, teaching Power Electronics and Digital Systems. His current research interests include pulsed power systems for industrial applications. Prof. Redondo is a member of the Portuguese Engineering Society and Senior Member of the Pulsed Power Science & Technology Standing Technical Committee of the Nuclear & Plasma Science Society of IEEE, where he was appointed Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Redondo has contributed to 5 Portuguese Patents and 60 international peer-review papers in the field of Pulsed Power.

Co-founder, in 30 November 2011, of the company Systems, which develops, assembles and sells solid-state modulator for various applications, from the environment to food processing.

Short Course 2:
Unification of electron emission and breakdown mechanisms: Experiments and theory
8:00AM – 12:00PM) of Thursday, June 11
Dr. Allen Garner



About the instructor:

Dr. Allen Garner received his BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois in 1996, MSE in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1997, MS in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University in 2003, and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2006.  From 1997 to 2003, he served on active duty in the U. S. Navy as a nuclear trained submarine officer, including tours as a division officer onboard the USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and Prospective Nuclear Engineering Officer instructor in Norfolk, VA.  From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Garner was an electromagnetic physicist at GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY, where he conducted computational work in electromagnetism, plasmas, and multiphysics and led multidisciplinary efforts in plasma medicine.  Since August 2012, he has been an Assistant Professor in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University and is the Paul C. Zmola Scholar of Nuclear Engineering.  He is also a Commander in the United States Navy Reserves presently assigned as the Commanding Officer for the Central South Region of SurgeMain, which provides qualified technicians to support the Navy’s Public Shipyards.  Dr. Garner is a Senior Member of IEEE and has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

Special Short Course on Sunday June 7:  Introduction to Power Modulators for EIC attendees


This course is intended to provide a broad introduction to power modulators for attendees that wish to learn about the field prior to the start of the conference.  The course will also discuss the basic concepts associated with power modulator applications, systems, design issues, and test techniques.



  • Lasers and X-rays
  • Power electronics and energy converters
  • Opening and closing switches
  • Repetitive Pulsed Power
  • Accelerators
  • High Power Microwaves
  • Electromagnetic Launchers
  • Biological, medical, and environmental applications of Power Modulators


Instructor: Dr. Brett M. Huhman received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2003, 2006, and 2017, respectively, as well as the Professional Engineer License in electrical and electronics engineering in 2011.  From 2005 to 2007, he was a contractor at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) where he was involved in the development of compact pulsed power radiography devices and electromagnetic launchers.  In 2007, he joined the Pulsed Power Physics Branch of the Plasma Physics Division at NRL, continuing to work on electromagnetic launchers. Current research interests include the application of high-power lithium batteries to pulsed power systems, with an emphasis on development of state-of-health diagnostics.

Special Short Course on Sunday June 7: Fundamentals of electrical insulation materials and testing for IPMHVC attendees
8:00 – 12:00 Sunday, June 7, 2020

Short Course Description: The focus of this short course is the fundamental aspects of electrical insulation materials, primarily for rotating equipment. This general course will cover basic components of an insulation system, material selection criteria, review of intrinsic properties as well as aging parameters for the motor and generator applications. Major test methodologies and standards used in selecting and qualifying insulation systems will be discussed, with a focus on IEEE and ASTM standards, touching on IEC standards.

It is intended that this short course help the novice understand the critical working aspects of electrical insulation materials. This knowledge can aid in maintenance decision processes, equipment repair decisions, as well as educate those in the industry understand the tradeoffs in rotating equipment dielectric materials selection process.


Dr. Nancy Frost is a Dielectrics Engineer with Gerome Technologies, a materials fabricator, as their Business Development Manager. She also is owner of Frosty’s Zap Lab, LLC, her dielectric materials engineering and high voltage testing laboratory, involved in research and development on materials and manufacturing techniques, as well as the design of testing protocols, and consulting. Dr. Frost has experienced the electrical insulation business from the points of view of vendors, customers, utilities and manufacturers. She has been exposed to a variety of insulation types and systems and has had the unique opportunity to see the many manners in which motor and generator insulation systems can be composed, designed and manufactured.

Contact information:

You can reach Dr. Nancy Frost at for further information.

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