As executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, Thomas C. Katsouleas oversees the University’s teaching and research activities. He directs the academic administration of the eleven schools, the library, art museums, public service activities, numerous University centers, and foreign study programs.

Provost Katsouleas served as dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University from 2008–2015. He earned a B.S. in 1979 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1984, both from UCLA. He joined the University of Southern California faculty as an associate professor of electrical engineering in 1991, becoming full professor in 1997. There he also served as an associate dean of engineering and vice provost of information technology services.

Provost Katsouleas is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  Mr. Katsouleas co-created the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grand Challenge Scholars Program in 2009, and organized and co-chaired the first NAE Grand Challenges national summit.  He currently serves as co-chair of the Advisory Committee on The Grand Challenges, and highlighted several of the successes produced by the Challenges in his keynote address at the NAE annual meeting in 2015 (slides available here).

Provost Katsouleas is a recognized inventor and a leading scholar of plasma science, originating a number of concepts in plasma-based particle accelerators and light sources.His work has been highlighted on the covers of Physical Review Letters, the CERN Courier and Nature. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications and given more than 50 major invited talks.  His CV can be found here.

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Selected Engineering and Science Publications and Brief Descriptions:

1) Unlimited Electron Acceleration in Laser-Driven Plasma Waves
T. Katsouleas and J. M. Dawson, Phys. Rev. Lett. 51, 392 (1983).
Proposal for the “surfatron” plasma accelerator concept, in which electrons are deflected across a plasma wave by a magnetic field, thereby overcoming the limit on energy gain they would experience by dephasing (outrunning the wave).  This mechanism has since been invoked to explain acceleration in supernovae.

2) Physical mechanisms in the plasma wake-field accelerator
T. Katsouleas, Phys. Rev. A 33, 2056 (1986).
First multi-dimensional modeling of a plasma wakefield accelerator including focusing forces; first proposal to use plasma as a lens for a high energy collider; first proposal and analysis of a density ramp to prevent dephasing

3) Acceleration of Electrons by the Interaction of a Bunched Electron Beam with a Plasma
P. Chen, J. M. Dawson, R. W. Huff, and T. Katsouleas
Phys. Rev. Lett. 54, 6931985 (1985).
First paper to propose the plasma wakefield accelerator.

4) X-Ray Emission from Betatron Motion in a Plasma Wiggler
Shuoqin Wang, C. E. Clayton, B. E. Blue, E. S. Dodd, K. A. Marsh, W. B. Mori, C. Joshi, S. Lee, P. Muggli, T. Katsouleas, F. J. Decker, M. J. Hogan, R. H. Iverson, P. Raimondi, D. Walz, R. Siemann, and R. Assmann
Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 135004 (2002)
Seminal paper on betatron radiation in plasmas at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. 

5) Photon accelerator
S. C. Wilks, J. M. Dawson, W. B. Mori, T. Katsouleas, and M. E. Jones
Phys. Rev. Lett. 62, 2600 (1989).
Proposed and simulated the use of plasma waves to ‘accelerate’ a packet of photons, surfing on the wave, increasing their energy, frequency and group velocity in analogy to matter particles in an accelerator.

6) Energy doubling of 42 GeV electrons in a metre-scale plasma wakefield accelerator,
Ian Blumenfeld, Christopher E. Clayton, Franz-Josef Decker, Mark J. Hogan, Chengkun Huang, Rasmus Ischebeck, Richard Iverson, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Thomas Katsouleas, Neil Kirby, Wei Lu, Kenneth A. Marsh, Warren B. Mori, Patric Muggli, Erdem Oz, Robert H. Siemann, Dieter Walz & Miaomiao Zhou Nature 445, 741-744 (15 February 2007).
Doubled the energy of a portion of the beam from the 3 km long SLAC accelerator in a one-meter plasma device.  Culmination of campaign proposed by T. Katsouleas and R. Assmann and begun in 1999.

7) Energy doubler for a linear collider                                                                         
S. Lee, T. Katsouleas, and P. Muggli ,W. B. Mori, C. Joshi, R. Hemker, E. S. Dodd, C. E. Clayton, K. A. Marsh, B. Blue, and S. Wang, R. Assmann, F. J. Decker, M. Hogan, R. Iverson, and D. Walz, PHYSICAL REVIEW SPECIAL TOPICS - ACCELERATORS AND BEAMS, VOLUME 5, 011001 (2002) Proposed the “plasma afterburner” as a concept for doubling the energy and discovery reach of a linear collider.  First author was TK’s student.

8) Boundary effects: Refraction of a particle beam
Patric Muggli, Seung Lee, Thomas Katsouleas, Ralph Assmann, Franz-Joseph Decker, Mark J. Hogan, Richard Iverson, Pantaleo Raimondi, Robert H. Siemann, Dieter Walz, Brent Blue, Christopher E. Clayton, Evan Dodd, Ricardo A. Fonseca, Roy Hemker, Chandrashekhar Joshi, Kenneth A. Marsh, Warren B. Mori & Shoquin Wang, Nature 411, 43 (3 May 2001)
Presented and explained the discovery of refraction of a relativistic electron beam at a gas/vacuum interface analogous to the bending of light, including the derivation of a Snell’s law equivalent and total internal reflection angle.

9) Beam Loading in Plasma Accelerators
Thomas C. Katsouleas, S. Wilks, P. Chen, J.M. Dawson, J.J. Su
Particle Accelerators 22 (1987) 81-99
First analysis of the beam qualities possible in a plasma wave accelerator (efficiency, energy spread, angular divergence)

10) Speed 3: World's shortest burst of microwave radiation detected in California
By Greg Smestad
From OE Reports Number 165 - September 1997
News story based on Demonstration of Microwave Generation from a Static Field by a Relativistic Ionization Front in a Capacitor Array
C. H. Lai, R. Liou, T. C. Katsouleas, P. Muggli, R. Brogle, C. Joshi, and W. B. Mori, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 4764 (1996).
First author was TK’s student


Method and apparatus for generating radiation utilizing DC to AC conversion with a conductive front
JM Dawson, WB Mori, CH Lai, TC Katsouleas
US Patent 5,780,971

Selected Publications on Engineering and Higher Education:

The NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, T. Katsouleas, R. Miller, Y. Yortsos, The Bridge 43 (2), 2013.
Description of NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program

A Convergence Science for Today’s Problems, T. Katsouleas, Chronicle of Higher Education, August 14, 2011
Analysis of critical elements for successful interdisciplinary collaboration

Turning Ivory Towers into a Golden Economy
Ted Kaufman1, Tom Katsouleas2
1Senator for Delaware, 383 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC
2Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University, Durham NC 27708–0271, USA.
Science  16 Oct 2009: Vol. 326, Issue 5951, pp. 364
Proposal for a program to enhance PhD education with entrepreneurship training