In August, NERS Professor Mark Kushner, who holds a joint appointment in the NERS department as well as his home in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, received the 2017 Plasma Chemistry Award from the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS). The award was presented during a ceremony at the 23rd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry, held in summer 2016.
The Plasma Chemistry Award is the highest recognition the IPCS bestows. According to the organization’s website:
Professor Kushner has worked on nearly all aspects of non-equilibrium plasmas. He has been strongly involved in the plasma community and has been leading many innovations in modeling. His earlier work has become a standard in the field. During the last decades, he has been continuously leading the modeling field towards new application areas in plasma chemistry. His modeling work on plasmas in bubbles, plasma-tissue interaction, plasma jets, plasma etching, surface modification and non-equilibrium chemistry for plasma based environmental remediation had significant impact on the field of plasma chemistry and strongly contributed to the advancement of the field.
Kushner also has won the 2015 IEEE NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award from the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society. The award honors outstanding contributions in computational nuclear and plasma science, and Kushner was recognized for his work in computational low temperature plasmas and applications and his leadership of the plasma community.
Birdsall (1925-2012) was a UM alumnus (BSE EE and Math ’46, MSE EE ’48) and went on to become a renowned plasma scientist and inventor. The eponymous award was established by the IEEE Foundation through a gift from his wife Ginger and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.