Hector Fenech

Dr Hector Fenech read Electrical Engineering at the University of Malta until 1978 when the Bachelor degree was conferred on him. After a short duration of employment in Malta, he then pursued further study at the Philips International Institute of Technological Studies, Eindhoven, The Netherlands and the Master of Electronic Engineering was conferred to him in 1983. Subsequently he continued to read satellite communications at the University of Bradford, UK where he completed his Ph.D. and worked as a lecturer until 1987. This was followed by work at Communications System Research Ltd., Ilkley, UK, which became part of the Communication Systems Division of Ferranti International Signal plc, until 1989 where he was Head of Satellite Communications Systems Group. He then joined EUTELSAT in the Future System Studies Section where he was involved
with a number of satellites. Later he worked as a Payload Manager within the Satellite Engineering and Procurement Division in the Technical Department and was involved with ten satellites. In 1999, he became the Head of the Future Satellite System Group where he is responsible for the definition of communications performance of all the satellites that Eutelsat procured. In 2012 he became Director of Future Satellite Systems in the Development and Innovation Department. He has been involved for the communications missions definition and negotiations of 30 satellite programmes. He is the lead author for eight applications of patents.
He currently holds the position of Secretary of Galileo Services. He is a senior member of I.E.E.E.


David McGinnis 
The European Spallation Source

David McGinnis is currently the chief engineer for the European Spallation Source (ESS) Accelerator.  He also served as the RF Group leader at ESS. Prior to working at ESS, he worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for 23 years where he was the Proton Source department head, the Antiproton Source department head, and the associate division head of accelerator systems. He received his Ph.D from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow in the American Physical Society.


Malcolm Carruthers

Comtech Xicom Technology

Malcolm Carruthers was born in Essex, England and grew up near the town of Chelmsford “The Birthplace of Radio”.  Although by accident, it was perhaps no surprise that he found himself working in the vacuum tube industry in the late 1970’s.  His work in the field of cost reduction led to some innovations in both the design and manufacturing techniques for TWT’s.  He was recruited to the USA by startup TWT company Star Microwave where he continued this work.  Later whilst with Litton Electron Devices he was awarded a patent for the design of a variable focus electron gun which could be easily disassembled and reused.  Feeling, like many of his generation, that vacuum tubes would soon be overtaken by solid state technology he left the business in the mid 1990’s.  He pursued an unlikely career change and became an interior designer, specializing in restaurant and nightclub design where he was awarded an International Design Award for the Manhattan Lounge in San Francisco.

Recently another “accidental” opportunity led to the discovery that vacuum tubes were still alive and well and he returned to his “TWT roots” working for satcom amplifier company Comtech Xicom Technology.  A company that he had designed the first Ku band travelling wave tubes for their original amplifiers some 20 years earlier.

Carruthers holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University and is perhaps the only TWT Engineer who is also a Certified Interior Designer (NCIDQ) and a LEED Accredited Professional (US Green Building Council).

Carter Armstrong
L-3 Communications Electron Devices

Carter Armstrong has been involved with one aspect of RF vacuum electronics or another for forty years. He received his AB in Physics from Rutgers University in 1972 and his PhD in Physics (nonneutral electron plasmas) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1976. His career has included stints in academia (North Carolina State University), government (Naval Research Laboratory) and industry (Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications). While in industry, he has been extremely active in bringing the next generation of engineers and scientists into the field of vacuum electronics and its related technical disciplines.
Carter has been an adjunct professor in the ECE Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1996. He was elected an IEEE Fellow in 2013.  Carter is not shy about telling it like he thinks it is. He recently published the feature article, “The Truth about Terahertz,” in the September 2012 issue of IEEE Spectrum detailing the realities of working in the THz region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Carter M. Armstrong is the recipient of the 2013 John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics.


Bertrand Beaumont
ITER Organization

Bertrand Beaumont is working in the ITER project as responsible officer of the Ion Cyclotronic (40 to 55MHz) and Lower Hybrid (5GHz) heating and current drive systems. He started his career back in 1981 in the team of the Tokamak de Fontenay aux Roses (TFR) in Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, already in RF heating and current drive systems, and worked later in the Radio Frequency division in JET, the European fusion experiment settled in UK, developing and implementing the Ion Cyclotron antennas. From then, he joined the Tore Supra team in the nuclear research center of Cadarache, and developed the Ion Cyclotron system before becoming later Group Leader of the RF systems used in Tore Supra, covering a wide range of frequency between 40 MHz and 118 GHz, and making use of tetrodes, klystrons and gyrotrons, all in the MW range of CW power. As the ITER project was growing, reaching political and technical maturity, he became more and more involved and joined the project in 2006. He holds an engineer degree of Ecole Centrale de Lyon and an engineer degree of the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires.