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.
Dr. Philippe Masson has been working in the area of electro-mechanical systems, specializing in electrical machines and power application of superconductivity and Multi-Physics modeling since 1999.
Dr. Masson spent the following 6 years at the FSU-Center for Advanced Power Systems in Tallahassee, FL, working on the development of high power density superconducting machine for aircraft propulsion as part of the NASA/DoD URETI on Aeropropulsion and Power and on numerical modeling of electro-thermal instabilities in superconductors for the US Air Force Research Lab.
In 2009, he joined the Advanced Magnet Lab, Melbourne Florida as Senior Scientist where he worked on superconducting motors and generators as well as resistive and superconducting magnets. While at AML. He received funding from DoE, NASA and AFRL related to superconducting rotating machines. Currently, Dr. Masson is now a faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Principal Investigator at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston.
Dr. Masson was appointed to the Editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity and has been serving as Editor for Large Scale Applications since 2005. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and AIAA and a member of the Cryogenic Society of America. He received the “Outstanding Young Researcher Award” from NASA in 2007 and the Roger W. Boom Award from the Cryogenic Society of America in 2010.
Dr. Masson received a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the Université Henri Poincare, Nancy, France in 2002. He has published over 40 journal papers and given more than 100 conference presentations in the area of Applied Superconductivity and MultiPhysics Modeling. He is a member of the program committee of the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) since 2002 and has served as technical editor for ASC and the Magnet Technology conferences since 2002. He was elected to the board of directors of the Applied Superconductivity Conference in 2014, he was elected to the International Organizing Committee (IOC) of the HTS Workshop and joined the IOC of the conference CHATS-AS in 2015.