Brendan Sporer

  • Program Years: 2021-2023
  • Academic Institution: University of Michigan
  • Field of Study: Physics, Pulsed Power
  • Academic Advisor: Ryan McBride
  • Residencies:
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2022)
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2022)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Nuclear Engineering, and B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College, 2017

Current Status

  • Status: Employed at TAE Technologies
  • Research Area: Plasma Physics, Fusion, Pulsed-Power
  • Contact Information:


B.J. Sporer, "Analysis of Two Fusion Reactor Designs based on Magnetic Electrostatic Plasma Confinement", Journal of Fusion Energy 41, 5, April 2022;

B.J. Sporer, A.P. Shah, G.V. Dowhan, R.V. Shapovalov, D.A. Packard, M. Wisher, J.J. Leckbee, K.J. Hendricks, B.W. Hoff, Y.Y. Lau, R.M. Gilgenbach, N.M. Jordan, and R.D. McBride, "Multicavity linear transformer driver facility for Z-pinch and high-power microwave research", Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams 24, 100402, October 2021;

D.A. Packard, A. Cooleybeck, N.M. Jordan, B. J. Sporer, A.E. Mazarakis, Y.Y. Lau, R.M. Gilgenbach, R.D. McBride, "HFSS and CST Simulations of a GW-Class MILO", IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 48, 1894-1901, June 2020;

A.P. Shah, P.C. Campbell, S.M. Miller, J.M. Woolstrum, B.J. Sporer, S.G. Patel, N.M. Jordan, R.M. Gilgenbach, and R.D. McBride, "Optimization of switch diagnostics on the MAIZE linear transformer driver", Review of Scientific Instruments 90, 124707, December 2019;

R. D. McBride, W. A. Stygar, M. E. Cuneo, D. B. Sinars, M. G. Mazarakis, J. J. Leckbee, M. E. Savage, B. T. Hutsel, J. D. Douglass, M. L. Kiefer, B. V. Oliver, G. R. Laity, M. R. Gomez, D. A. Yager-Elorriaga, S. G. Patel, B. M. Kovalchuk, A. A. Kim, P.- Gourdain, S. N. Bland, S. Portillo, S. C. Bott-Suzuki, F. N. Beg, Y. Maron, R. B. Spielman, D. V. Rose, D. R. Welch, J. C. Zier, J. W. Schumer, J. B. Greenly, A. M. Covington, A. M. Steiner, P. C. Campbell, S. M. Miller, J. M. Woolstrum, N. B. Ramey, A. P. Shah, B. J. Sporer, N. M. Jordan, Y. Y. Lau, and R. M. Gilgenbach, "A Primer on Pulsed Power and Linear Transformer Drivers for High Energy Density Physics Applications", Invited tutorial in IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science 46, 39283967, November 2018; 2870099.


Winner of ORFEAS Summer Fusion Contest for Graduate Students
"A privatized, 10+MA facility to support fusion science and enabling technologies"

Best Student Presentation Award, IEEE Pulsed Power Conference
"A platform to study high-field FRC formation on the MAIZE linear transformer driver"

Received DOE-NNSA Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship (LRGF)

Member of Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society for Nuclear Engineers

Gerard A. Hauser Award for Overall Best Presentation
Penn State Undergraduate Research Exhibition