John H. Booske (S’82–M’85–SM’93–F’07) received the Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1985.
From 1985 to 1989, he was a Research Scientist with the University of Maryland, College Park, researching magnetically confined hot ion plasmas and sheet-electron-beam free electron lasers. Since 1990, he has been with the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW), where he served as Chair of the department (2009-2018), Director of the Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (a learning space that supports IT-assisted, peer-collaborative learning) and the Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor of Engineering and the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor. From 2001 to 2005, he served as Director of the UW Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program. His research interests include experimental and theoretical study of coherent electromagnetic radiation, its sources and its applications, spanning the RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and THz regimes. His recent activities include vacuum electronics (microwave to THz regime sources and components), high-power microwaves, advanced cathodes, multipactor discharge, physics of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation and materials, and biological applications of electric and electromagnetic fields.
Professor Booske was a coeditor of Microwave and Radio Frequency Applications (American Ceramic Society, 2003) and Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Power Electronics (IEEE/Wiley, 2005). He has been a Guest Editor of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PLASMA SCIENCE. He received the IEEE John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics and the Plasma Science and Applications Award. He has received many teaching awards, including the UW Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the IEEE Educational Activities Board Major Education Innovation Award.
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