Center for Physical and Power Electronics

Faculty & Staff


Dr. Randy Curry

Dr. Randy Curry

Randy D. Curry is the Logan Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Missouri as well as director of the Center for Physical and Power Electronics. Curry worked for more than 11 years in industry as an engineer and physicist. He has actively worked in water disinfection using electron beams, pulsed electric fields and ultraviolet light. Curry recently completed a contract for research into compact power supplies for pulse power geometries, and is currently researching high-power liquid dielectric switches for directed energy applications.

Dr. Robert Druce

Dr. Robert Druce

Dr. Robert Druce attained his PhD in 1980 with a specialty in Pulsed Power and Plasma Physics. He spent the next two years at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory (now AFRL/DE) compiling a comprehensive Pulsed Power Bibliography. This assignment included library searches and visits to prominent Pulsed Power establishments to collect published papers and reports on the subject. The result was published and is available on NTIS.

Upon completion of this assignment, Robert joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he spent 25 years performing various national security tasks. Robert's first ten years included research in low-voltage electron beam generation, picosecond rise time photoconductive switching, and ground-penetrating radar research for nondestructive highway bridge deck inspection. The techniques developed enabled inspection for roadway and bridge structure defects in minutes instead of days. The technology subsequently received an R&D 100 award for the research effort. In 1992-1993, Robert performed research in photoconductive switching, and very short pulse-width pulse generation at the Defense Research Agency (DRA) in Great Britain while on Professional Research and Teaching Leave.

Upon returning to LLNL in 1993, Robert embarked on high-explosive research. During this time, Robert focused on performance testing of various detonating explosives (e.g. HNS, PETN, TATB), electrical initiation of secondary explosives, development of diagnostics to study detonation physics and High explosive safety and ignitability studies. Robert is presently a Research Professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia and is Principal Investigator on a program to investigate the propagation of RF in soils.

Daniel I Crosby

Daniel I Crosby

Crosby is in his 35th year doing analytical laboratory research.   For the first 5 years he was doing routine lab analysis in Environmental Chemistry for the University of MO.'s   "Trace Substance Research Center."  Over the next 15 years at the Trace Substance Lab Daniel Crosby did the routine analysis and did research work with different Graduate Students supporting their research with proper use of analytical instruments and data interpretation.  During the last 5 years, while still working with Graduate students, he served as the Hazardous Materials and Safety Manager.  The Environmental Center was closed in 1995.

In 1996 Crosby worked for Orscheln Industries Elisha Technologies Lab.  He had a dual role as their Chemical and Safety Manager plus worked in Research and Development on Corrosion Resistant coating materials.  Daniel Crosby developed 2 types of polymer/silicate coatings which were marketed in 1998.  He also was selected to serve on Orscheln Industries First Responder Team in 1999.

Crosby was re-employed at the University of Missouri in late 1999 as a Research Specialist working in two sections -- half time in Water Resources in Civil Engr. and halftime with Dr. Curry's Pulsed Power group in Electrical Engineering.  The first four years with the Pulse Power group Crosby was doing research with Graduate Students in developing Pulse Powered UV light systems for Disinfection purposes, one for Water Disinfection and the other for decontamination of large surface areas.  He also worked with the Water Resources group (Civil Engineering) assisting Graduate Students in research with Water Disinfection methods.

Daniel Crosby is presently working with the Pulse Power group Graduate Students in research on two projects.  The first project involves ceramic nanoparticles with polymer composites in a blending process to produce a material for use in High Di-electric antenna applications.  The second project is to develop a ceramic nanoparticle suspension mix with a High Pressure Oil for use in High Pressure Oil Switches to reduce jitter and produce a more stable switch.  Both projects have been very challenging.

Crosby has been included in numerous Graduate student publications in the past 30 years as well as being the Prime Developer on two corrosion resistant Gels which hold two U.S. Patents,  (Numbers -- 6,010,985  and  6,017,857)..  Possibly the present two projects can produce another.

Matt Kovac

Matt Kovac

Matt is a mechanical engineer who earned his bachelor's degree for the University of Michigan. He comes to the Center for Physical and Power Electronics after seven years working in Washington D.C. as a contractor supporting several government agencies. This work included designing laser micro-machining equipment and construction project management. At the center he works on mechanical design and construction for various projects. He also maintains the Center's computing lab.

Matt is currently working towards a master's degree in Computer Science at the University of Missouri.

The Center for Physical and Power Electronics
Dr. Randy Curry
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Fax: (573) 882-0397
Email: curryrd@missouri.edu

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