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Thomas C. Katsouleas is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and physics at the University of Connecticut, where he was also the 16th president (2019–21). His career in higher education includes service as associate dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and provost at the University of Virginia. It was at Duke that he launched the Grand Challenges Scholars Program in 2009 in partnership with the corecipients of this prize.
Prof. Katsouleas is a pioneer in the emerging field of plasma-based particle accelerators and high-powered light sources. He is the inventor or coinventor of several concepts for making ultra-high-gradient accelerators realizable, including the surfatron, plasma afterburner, plasma lenses, plasma wave wigglers for FELs, and the plasma wakefield accelerator. He received the Plasma Science Achievement Award of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society in 2011.
Prof. Katsouleas is a fellow of the the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Physical Society, Optica, and National Academy of Inventors.
He received his BS and PhD, both in physics, from the University of California, Los Angeles.