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2019 Pacific Symposium on Pulsed Power and Applications

Welcome to the 2019 Pacific Symposium on Pulsed Power and Applications! Hawaii serves as a convenient location between the US and Asian main lands, and is intended to provide more intimate opportunities for social and technical interaction than similar Plasma and Pulsed Power Conferences between the American, Japanese, Chinese and Korean communities.

We look forward to your attendance for a valuable technical experience and an enjoyable visit to the beautiful Poipu Beach in Koloa, Hawaii, located on the Kauai island.


August 6 - 9, 2019

Technical Topics

  • Compact Pulsed Power Sources
  • Repetitive Pulsed Power
  • High-Power Microwave and RF Sources
  • Industrial, Commercial and Medical Applications
  • Pulsed Power Switches and Components
  • Electromagnetic Launch Technology
  • High Power Solid State Switches

Symposium Flyer

Technical Program

2019 PSPPA

Announcement of Plenary Speaker

Dr. Thomas J. Karr

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas J. Karr will be joining us as a plenary speaker at 2019 Pacific Symposium on Pulsed Power and Applications.

Dr. Thomas Karr is the Assistant Director, Directed Energy in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Research and Engineering). His responsibilities cover all Directed Energy research and development in the Department of Defense. He has four decades of experience in the application of science to national security. Prior to joining OUSD (R&E) he was a DARPA program manager for six years, where he created new programs for kinetic and non-kinetic effects, communication, information processing and exploitation, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. He was the Director of EO/IR Technology at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems and at Northrop Grumman, and was a Group Leader, Program Leader and senior scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for twelve years. He also co-founded a commercial space company and consulted for many companies in the national security industry. He earned his A.B. cum laude in Physics from Princeton, his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland, and was a Joliot-Curie Fellow of the Atomic Energy Commission of France. He has published over 50 scientific papers, serves on the Organizing Committees of three scientific conferences, holds three patents, and he is a Fellow of the Military Sensing Symposia (MSS), the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and the Optical Society of America (OSA).

2019 PSPPA

Abstract Submission


Submission Deadline: May 31, 2019

Abstract submission will be accepted between February 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee and authors will be notified of acceptance by May 31, 2019.

Click here to download abstract template

Submit abstracts to (Note: include a technical topic in your email submission):


Attendee Registration: Payment of the symposium fee will provide an attendee with access to:

Registration: $600.00 USD
Individual Registration Portal: Click Here

Guest Fee: $350 (incl. Breakfast, Reception, Luau, and Dinner Cruise)
Guest Registration Portal: Click Here

Exhibitors: $2500 (incl. two participants and all events)
Exhibitor Registration Portal: Click Here

Refund Policy

Email requests received by July, 1, 2019 will be honored. Refund requests received after this date will be processed only if the event is cancelled. This policy applies to the registration fee as listed above. For a refund, send the request with the pre-registrants name and contact information to

Lodging and Transportation

Hotel & Symposium Venue

Sheraton Kauai Resort. Kauai, Hawaii 96756 USA.

Sheraton Kauai Resort
2440 Hoonani Road
Kauai, Hawaii 96756
T 808-742-1661

Savor a warm Hawaiian welcome and explore the island of Kauai. Our resort is located on Kauai's sunny south shore in the heart of Poipu Beach. Guests will especially enjoy Lava's on Poipu Beach, serving casual fare just steps from the beach, our oceanfront pool and private poolside bungalows. Enjoy a host of outdoor activities, from water sports to nearby championship golf. And, of course, you can always just relax and soak up the sun. Our deluxe, low-rise Hawaiian haven provides a choice of mesmerizing oceanfront or colorful, tropical garden views that are enjoyable day and night. After you wind down and refresh following a glorious day outdoors, bring everyone together for a memorable dinner with sunset views at our signature restaurant, RumFire Poipu Beach. With golden-sand beaches and misty sea breezes just footsteps away, you'll feel right at home at the Sheraton Kauai Resort.

Room Rates

We have arranged for a small number of hotel rooms at a group discount rate:

Run of Deluxe Ocean - $399 per night ($334.50 Aug 6-9)
with a $258 total discount for the four nights of the event

Run of Garden View - $339 per night ($278.50 Aug 6-9)
with $242 total discount for the four nights of the event

Room discount will be applied at CHECKOUT. This extra room discount will only be applied during the program dates. The regular discounted room rate will be available to participants three days before and three days after the event, subject to availability of guest rooms at the time of reservation. The room rates listed above are subject to a $30.00 per day resort charge plus tax, currently 4.712%. Resort charge includes one bottle of water replenished daily, self-parking for one vehicle, valet parking for arrival night and $10.00 plus tax per additional night thereafter, internet, local, toll free and credit card calls, fitness center, and cultural arts and crafts. Inclusions are subject to change without notice.

Sheraton Kauai Resort
Reservation Link

*Please contact the Sheraton directly if having any issues making hotel reservations outside of the symposium dates*.
Ph. 808.742.4062


Click here for driving directions from Lihue Airport to the Sheraton Kauai Resort.

Social Events

The social events include:

Advisory Committee

Professor Jiande Zhang
National University of Defense Technology

Professor John Mankowski
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
Texas Tech University, USA

Professor Jianjun Deng
Institute of Fluid Physics
China Academy of Engineering Physics, China

Professor David Wetz
Pulsed Power and Energy Lab
University of Texas Arlington, USA

Contact Information

Barbra Beller / Monika Storey

Texas Tech University
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
P.O. Box 43102
Lubbock, TX. 79409
Phone: +1-806-742-3468
Fax: +1-806-742-1281

John J. Mankowski, Ph.D.

Texas Tech University
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics
P.O. Box 43102
Lubbock, TX. 79409
Phone: +1-806-834-3168
Fax: +1-806-742-1281