Kepler’s Astronautics Division Head and Senior Scientist is Dr. John Brandenburg Ph.D. Dr. Brandenburg is a plasma physicist and got his BA in Physics from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, his MS in Applied Science at University of California at Davis and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Plasma Physics at the UC Davis extension campus at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. The title of his thesis was A Theoretical Model of a Reversed Field Ion Layer Made of Monoenergetic Ions. Its topic was magnetic confinement of plasmas for controlled nuclear fusion.
Dr. Brandenburg has held positions in a variety of high-tech companies specializing in plasma physics: Mission Research Corporation, Sandia National Laboratories, Research Support Instruments (RSI), The Aerospace Corporation, Florida Space Institute, and Orbital Technologies in Madison, Wisconsin. His work encompassed studies of the microwave electrothermal plasma thruster for space propulsion, rocket plume-regolith interactions on the Moon and Mars, vortex theory of rocket engine design, and Kaluza-Klein theory of field unification for purposes of space propulsion. He is a part-time instructor of Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics at Madison College, Wisconsin and most recently at Cal State Fullerton assisting Professor James Woodward and his team. Dr. Brandenburg will be managing Kepler’s newly opened Laboratory and Research Center located in Brea, California.
Some Publications of Dr. Brandenburg include:
“Experimental Investigation of Large-Volume PIA Plasmas at Atmospheric Pressure” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 26, 2. p145-149, 1998.
“A Theory of the Relaxation of Tokamak Discharges”, Journal of Plasma Physics. Vol 43, part 2, p283, 1990.
Awards and Recognitions
* Profiled in Aviation Week and Space Technology Special Issue: Oct 24/31, 2011 as Distinguished Innovator
* Letter of Commendation for work on the Cobra Judy Replacement Project at CMO while working for Aerospace Corporation in 2001.
* Recipient of the William Gerald Award in 2006 from the Harlem Children Society for work with underprivileged students
* Recipient of the 2012 Devi Bhargava Award at Madison College for working with students with disabilities
* Recipient of the 2014 TRiO Staff and Faculty Appreciation Award for Effort, Care, and Encouragement of First Generation, Underprivileged, and Disabled Students