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Dan Goebel

Dan Goebel, Ph.D. - Adjunct Professor
Research Interests:

Dr. Goebel is a Principal Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where he performs research on electric propulsion for satellites and deep space probes, develops high power communications systems, and develops plasma devices for various applications.

As an Adjunct Professor, he teaches courses in EE at USC, but is not involved in research or supervising students on campus at this time.

Biographical Information:

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1981, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Dan Goebel is a Fellow of the IEEE and Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices. He is a Principal Research Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, where he performs research on electric propulsion for satellites and deep space probes, high power communications systems, and develops plasma devices for various applications. He is an expert on ion sources, microwave sources, vacuum and high voltage technology, thermionic cathodes and modification of materials by plasmas. He previously worked at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, CA and at Boeing Space and Communications. He is the author of 70 technical journal papers, over 50 conference papers and reports, four book chapters, and holds 39 patents with 1 patent pending.

HONORS and AWARDS
Associated Western Universities Research Scholarship (1978)
IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Society National Graduate Student Award (1980)
Outstanding Ph.D. Candidate, UCLA School of Engineering and Applied Science (1981)
Hughes Electronics Achievement Awards (1990, 1992)
Hughes Research Laboratories Outstanding Published Paper Awards (1993, 1996)
Hughes Space and Communications Outstanding Patent Award (1997)
Hughes Electron Dynamics Outstanding Patent Award (1998)
Hughes Space and Communications Technical Achievement Award (2000)
Hughes Electronics Chairman’s Award (2000)
Boeing Satellite Systems President’s Honor Award (2001)
Boeing Technical Fellow (2002)
Boeing Satellite Systems Technical Excellence Award (2002)
Boeing Technical Fellow (2002)

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Life Member of the American Physical Society
Full Member of the Sigma Xi Research Society and the AIAA

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices
Chairman of the 2004 International Vacuum Electronics Conference
Program Chairman of the 2002 International Vacuum Electronics Conference
Chairman of the 2002 IEEE Power Modulator Conference
Chairman of the 1997 and 2000 IEEE High Voltage Workshops

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Developed a new generation of high power, ultra-linear amplifiers at Boeing EDD for communications applications. These linearized traveling wave tube-based amplifiers are presently used for the Digital Audio Satellite Radio ground repeater stations and are in development for Europe’s G2.5 cellular system.

Developed the theory and experimental techniques for gain stablization of linearized space TWT microwave amplifiers used in Digital Audio Radio satellites and for the next generation spot-beam (local channel) DirecTV satellite system. Also developed several novel techniques for spurious noise suppression in these space microwave amplifiers.

Invented and patented a unique high-power microwave source and a plasma-cathode electron source at HRL, and obtained DOD research and development contracts at HRL based on these inventions which provided over $12M in research funds to Hughes from 1993 to 1996.

Invented and patented three unique plasma sources used in commercial plasma-processing systems for the microelectronic and thin-film industries in the US, Japan and Europe. His Advanced Plasma Source (APS) invention was described in Leybold’s Optics News 1/94 issue as a "breakthrough in plasma deposition technology", and is still used in industrial optical coaters with an estimated over $400M in sales of these systems achieved to date.

Co-founder (in 1986) of Plasma & Materials Technologies (PMT), which was a major manufacturer of plasma etch and deposition systems for the microelectronics industry. Devices invented by him for PMT (now called Trikon) are licensed by several thin film and semiconductor processing equipment manufactures world wide. Trikon is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and averages over $75M/yr in sales.

Co-Principal Investigator for plasma-surface interactions experiments at UCLA (responsible for over $3M in DOE research contracts from 1983 to 1988). He invented the PISCES plasma device at UCLA, which is still the cornerstone of the $1M/yr materials research laboratory now moved to UCSD, and the device has been copied in two European and one Japanese research institutes. He also led the Advanced Limiter Test (ALT-II) fusion-research project in the TEXTOR tokamak at KFA Research Institute in Germany in 1987-88.

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