Mar 19, 2019
David Ruzic
Dispelling the Myths about Nuclear Power

David Neil Ruzic is the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering and is in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he joined the faculty in 1984 after receiving his PhD in Physics from Princeton University and post-doctoral work at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. His research centers on the interaction of plasmas with materials. Applications include magnetic fusion energy as well as microelectronic processing. Professor Ruzic has a passion for teaching, particularly about energy sources where he gets to blow something up in almost every class. That course is now available as a completely free MOOC (massively open on-line course) through Coursera or on the Illinois site: called “Energy Environment and Everyday Life”. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and Scientific Director of the International Union of Vacuum Science and Technology (IUVSTA) and has served at Illinois as an Assistant Dean and as an Associate Vice President. He was awarded the “Plasma Prize” form the AVS in 2015. He has published over 200 referred journal papers, 2 books, and 6 book chapters and has been awarded 8 patents. He has produced 32 PhD students and 56 thesis MS students who are now working in industry, national laboratories or academia. His current group consists of 3 Post-Docs, 11 graduate students and 21 undergraduate research assistants. He is on sabbatical this semester working at ASML in San Diego, CA.