Dr. Martin Gundersen, Technical Advisor and Board Member to Kairos Ventures portfolio company Transient Plasma Systems, has been awarded the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Plasma Dynamics and Lasers Award: for development of high-voltage pulse power technology, studies of non-equilibrium nanosecond pulse plasmas, and their applications for plasma-assisted combustion, pollution control, quantum electronics, and biology.

The award is presented for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the physical properties and dynamical behavior of matter in the plasma state and lasers as related to need in aeronautics and astronautics.

Dr. Gundersen is the original founder of the technology that is the basis of Transient Plasma Systems. Jason Sanders, Chief Research Scientist at TPS and Dan Singleton, CEO & President at TPS, earned their PhD’s under the guidance of Dr. Gundersen, and started the company with him and Andy Kuthi in 2009. Dr. Gundersen has been working on the technology for over 30 years. TPS was started in 2009 as a spin-out from Dr. Gundersen’s pulsed power laboratory at the University of Southern California.

TPS’s vision is to design and produce state of the art compact pulsed power technology in the U.S. engineer pulsed power systems as an enabling technology for commercial, industrial, and research applications across a broad range of areas including combustion, bio-electrics, and agriculture. TPS technology has been developed and matured at the University of Southern California, with over a decade of support from the Department of Defense. The company was spun out of the university with the express purpose of translating the technology into products and systems to respond to the demand of both military and commercial markets. In addition to intellectual property, the TPS team has a cumulative 50 years of pulsed power experience in solving the difficult challenges in producing compact nanosecond pulsed power.

The 49th AIAA Plasmadynamics and Lasers Conference will take place June 25 – 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta Georgia.

Congratulations to Dr. Gundersen and the Transient Plasma Systems team!

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