Scientists & Staff

David T. Anderson

Position title: Principal Investigator, Founder

Email: dtanders@wisc.edu

David Anderson is the Jim and Anne Sorden Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Principal Investigator for the HSX Program. He has been associated with HSX since its initial design activities in 1990, and teaches in the areas of electrodynamics and plasma physics.

Joseph N. Talmadge

Position title: Scientist, Founder

Email: talmadge@wisc.edu

Benedikt Geiger

Position title: Professor

Email: benedikt.geiger@wisc.edu

Benedikt Geiger started his career at UW-Madison in February 2019 and is involved in the physics exploitation of the HSX stellarator experiment. His research interests are the experimental investigation of turbulent particle and heat transport with the aim to develop new turbulence-optimized stellarator experiments. He teaches in the field of nuclear engineering and plasma physics.

Konstantin Likin

Position title: Scientist

Email: kmlikin@wisc.edu

Santhosh Kumar

Position title: Scientist

Email: stkumar@wisc.edu

Santhosh received his PhD in Physics from the Australian National University in 2008. After receiving his PhD, he came to UW-Madison as a Research Associate in the Department of Physics. Since joining HSX in 2012, Santhosh has been involved with reasearching experimental plasma physics, flows and electric fields, neoclassical modeling of stellarators, impurity transport, plasma spectroscopy, and diagnostic development.

Aaron Bader

Position title: Scientist

Email: abader@engr.wisc.edu

Aaron received his PhD from MIT in 2011.  Since joining HSX in 2012, Aaron has been involved in computational research of interest to stellarators. His topics of interest include, edge plasma physics, coil design, energetic particle confinement and stellarator optimization.

Syed Mahmood

Position title: Associate Instrumentation Technologist

Email: smahmood4@wisc.edu

Syed joined HSX in the spring of 2020. He is an electrical engineer with several years of experience in developing industrial control systems for applications ranging from food processing to printing. Syed is primarily working on motor-generator upgrade and associated control system for magnetic confinement of plasma at HSX.

Kyle Roethle

Position title: Mechanical Instrumentation Specialist

Email: kroethle@wisc.edu

Alexander Thornton

Position title: Assistant Instrumentation Innovator - Research

Email: athornton3@wisc.edu

Alex received his BSME from the University of Portland in 2009. He was a systems engineer in the thermal spray industry until 2014 when he joined the Putterman Research Group at UCLA, where he studied plasma physics and helped develop a system which demonstrated acoustically confined, microwave heated plasma. He joined HSX in 2017, where he received his MSEE. He is currently working on a major upgrade to the ECRH system on HSX. His research interests include stellarator transport, RF heating, and wall conditioning systems.