Plenary Speakers


In addition to the winners of the Marx and Haas awards, PPC 2017 is pleased to announce that our other two plenary speakers will be Professor Jane Lehr of the University of New Mexico and Doctor Michel Caron of Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA).

Professor Jane Lehr (UNM)

Dr. Jane Lehr
received the Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University in 1996 under the supervision of Professor Erich Kunhardt.

Dr. Lehr joined the University of New Mexico’s Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty in 2013 after spending twelve years at Sandia National Laboratories in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center.

She served five years at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Directed Energy Directorate studying ultra-wideband high power electromagnetics and repetitive pulsed power where she was awarded the USAF-wide Basic Research Award in 2001.

Dr. Lehr’s research interests are in all aspects of high power electromagnetics, pulsed power, high voltage engineering and the physics and application of electrical breakdown in vacuum, gases and liquids. Dr. Lehr is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Dr. Lehr served as President of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in 2007 and 2008. She has served the Society in a number of roles since then and currently serves as the Chair of the NPS Society Fellow Evaluation Committee. She has served on the Administrative Committees for both the Nuclear and Plasma Science and the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Societies. She has served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Guest Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science and the IEEE Technical Activities Board Publications Committee.

Dr. Lehr received the IEEE Shea Distinguished Member Award in 2015 and the IEEE Region 6 Award for Leadership in 2001.

She was named an Outstanding Woman of New Mexico and has been inducted into the New Mexico Hall of Fame for her accomplishments and volunteer activities serving her local community.


Doctor Michel Caron (CEA)

M. Caron received the French equivalent of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Bordeaux in France in 1994 and 1995, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Caen Basse-Normandie in 2000, all in Atomic Physics. From 1996 to 2000 he was with “Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives” (CEA) at the Heavy Ion Large Accelerator Facility (Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds-GANIL) in Caen, France, as a Ph.D. student, in charge of both research work and beamline physicist duties simultaneously. The doctoral work focused on electron emission induced by swift heavy ions in amorphous carbon targets.

From 2000 to 2004 he was with Philips, first at the Philips Research Labs in Aachen, Germany, and later with Philips Lighting in France, acting as a Research staff in the field of Electron Emission from nanomaterials and on high current density cathode developments for electronics.

Since 2004 he has been with CEA/DAM (Direction des Applications Militaires). He was firstly in charge of the operation at AIRIX facility (Accélérateur à Induction pour la Radiographie et l’Imagerie X), AIRIX being the Linear Induction Accelerator dedicated to Flash X-ray Radiography at CEA. Then, he was appointed successively Pulsed Power Group Leader at Moronvilliers, France (2008-2011) and Gramat, France (2011-2014). The research interest of the Groups are in Pulsed Power LIA and LTD technologies, in electrical engineering and in computational plasma physics and Monte-Carlo numerical simulation for a broad range of applications. From 2014 onwards, he has been based at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston (United Kingdom) in the frame of the TEUTATES Treaty which provides for the construction and operation of two Anglo-French joint hydrodynamics facilities: EPURE in France and the Technology Development Centre (TDC) in the UK. He has been acting there as an Operation Manager for the development of technologies (including pulsed power research and Inductive Voltage Adder Commissioning) and diagnostics that will be used in the EPURE Facility in France, both facilities contributing to sustain the reliability and the safety of French and British nuclear deterrents.
He is the author of over 100 publications and the holder of patents in the fields of pulsed power, atomic physics, particle emission and beam physics. He has taught national workshops and minicourses on accelerator technologies, beam physics and flash X-ray radiography. He had also served as a Professor Assistant at the University of Sciences in Caen and in Reims both in France where his teaching included B.Sc. degree experimental Physics curriculum.