Science Team

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Rainer Meinke, PhD

Dr. Rainer Meinke is an international expert in the science and application of superconductivity and advanced magnetics. With over a decade of experience in superconducting magnet design and testing for major science projects. Dr. Meinke has led the company’s technical developments including the conception and developer for CoilCAD™, the most advanced magnet design software as well as well as dozens of breakthrough innovations such as the Double-Helix™ family of magnet technologies.

In a career in physics and engineering that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Meinke has led some of the world’s most advanced accelerator facilities. As Senior Scientist at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), in Dallas Texas, he was the Collider Machine Leader, and was responsible for technical design, budget and schedule of the 20 TeV proton-proton Collider. Previously, he led the development, build-up and operation of a test facility for superconducting magnets at HERA, in Hamburg, Germany–the first accelerator to employ industrially produced magnets of this kind.

His work in physics included development of phenomenological models for elementary particle interactions, and hardware development and experimental data analysis for high-energy physics experiments at different accelerators and laboratories, including construction of the world’s largest streamer chamber detector at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Dr. Meinke has numerous patents related to superconducting systems and has authored over a 100 publications. His accomplishments in creating practical solutions for complex technical problems has been recognized throughout the science community, making him a frequent invited speaker and reviewer for international science conferences and journals. He received his Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Technical University in Munich, Germany.

Senior Scientist – Team Leader

Shashikant Manikonda, PhD

Dr. Shashikant “Shashi” Manikonda is an expert in superconducting magnet design, accelerator physics, beam optic, computational physics and high performance computing with 10+ years of experience in scientific research and development.

At AML he is the technical expert for magnet design, construction, testing and program management for many projects. His work includes continuous upgrades as the lead developer for AML’s propriety CoilCAD™ magnet design, simulation and manufacturing software.

Prior to joining AML, Dr. Manikonda worked as an Accelerator Physicist at Argonne National Laboratory. He has authored 30+ publications and is an invited speaker at international science conferences. He received a B.Sc. in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2000 and Ph.D in Physics from Michigan State University in 2006.

World-Class Collaboration Partners

Over the past two decades AML has leveraged strong relationships with leading research universities and laboratories to solve some of the most challenging magnet applications in applications for science, medical, research and aerospace.