Professor Neville C. Luhmann, Jr. received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was a Professor in the UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering for 20 years where he served as Director of the AFOSR funded ATRI Program, founded the UCLA Center for High Frequency Electronics, was Co-Founder of the UCLA Millimeter Wave Joint Services Electronics Program, and was the founder of the UCLA Plasma Diagnostics Group.
In 1993, he moved to UC Davis to assume the Chairmanship of the Department of Applied Science and also received an appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At UC Davis, he has served as the Director of the Air Force funded ATRI 2000 Program, Director of the Millimeter Wave Technology Group, the Director of the DoD Multidisciplinary Research Initiative (MURI) Consortium on High Energy Microwave Sources, and the MURI99 Consortium on Microwave Vacuum Electronics, the MURI 2004 Consortium on the NanoPhysics of Electron Dynamics Near Surface in High Power Microwave Devices and Systems, the Investigator of the NCI/NIH Consortium on Novel Technologies for Non-Invasive Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer, and Investigator of numerous DoD and DOE funded programs.
He is the author of approximately 300 publications in the areas of high power microwave and millimeter wave devices and systems, basic plasma physics, microwave plasma interactions, and innovative millimeter wave diagnostics and instrumentation.
He is the recipient of the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Committee (PSAC) Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Plasma Science and was awarded the Kenneth J. Button Award for “Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Science of the Electromagnetic Spectrum”. This is administered by The Institute of Physics (London). He is also the recipient of the Robert L. Woods Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics. He was awarded the UC Davis College of Engineering Dean’s Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award, recipient of the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Consortium for Women and Research, UC Davis, and recipient of the UCD ECE Graduate Student Association Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentorship. Currently, he is UC Davis Distinguished Professor.
John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics 2012
For outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of vacuum electronics as a scientist, engineer and educator.