John Verboncoeur

John Verboncoeur

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering;
Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering

Room 3410, Engineering Building
 428 S. Shaw Ln. 
 (517) 355-5133


B.S., 1986, Engineering Science, University of Florida
M.S., 1987, Nuclear Engineering, University of California-Berkeley (UCB)
Ph.D., 1992, Nuclear Engineering, University of California-Berkeley (UCB)

John P. Verboncoeur received his B.S. (1986) in engineering science from the University of Florida and his M.S. (1987) and his Ph.D. (1992) in nuclear engineering from the University of California-Berkeley (UCB), holding the DOE Magnetic Fusion Energy Technology Fellowship. After serving as a joint postdoc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and UCB in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), he was appointed associate research engineer in UCB-EECS, and to the UCB nuclear engineering faculty in 2001, attaining full professor in 2008. In 2011, he was appointed professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University. His teaching includes electromagnetics, plasma physics, neutronics, engineering analysis and computation.

He is the author/coauthor of the MSU (formerly Berkeley) suite of particle-in-cell Monte Carlo (PIC-MC) codes, including XPDP1 and XOOPIC, used by more than 1,000 researchers worldwide with more than 350 journal publications in the past decade. He has authored/coauthored more than 350 journal articles and conference papers, with more than 2,850 citations, and has taught 13 international workshops and mini-courses on plasma simulation.

He served as the chair of the Computational Engineering Science Program at UCB from 2001-2010. He is currently an associate editor for Physics of Plasmas, and has served as a guest editor and/or frequent reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, and a number of other plasma and computational journals. He has served as a session organizer or technical area coordinator for eight IEEE International Conferences on Plasma Science and one IEEE International Power modulator and High Voltage Conference. In 2013, he served as the technical program co-chair for the IEEE Pulsed Power & Plasma Science Conference. He is currently president of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society.

•    Theoretical and Computational Plasma Physics

•    Applications of Low Temperature Plasmas for Lighting, Thrusters and Material Processing 

•    Particle Accelerators

•    Intense Kinetic Nonequilibrium Plasmas

Plasma Theory and Simulation Group

Scientific Leader: Dr. John Verboncoeur

Theoretical and computational plasma physics, with a broad range of applications spanning from low temperature plasmas for lighting, thrusters and materials processing to hot plasmas for fusion; from ultra-cold plasmas to particle accelerators; from beams to pulsed power; and from intense kinetic nonequilibrium plasmas to high power microwaves.

"Propagation of a Light-Emitting Wave-front in a Fine Tube Positive Column Discharge", Japan. J. appl. Phys. 49, 026001 (2010).


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PTSG Software

Dr. John P. Verboncoeur - All software produced by the The Plasma Theory and Simulation Group is freely avaliable. Our most recent, popular and well kept up codes are on bounded plasma, plasma device codes XPDP1, XPDC1, XPDS1, and XPDP2.