Andrew J. Fairbanks
firstname.lastname@example.org Curriculum Vitae 608 Waldron Street
(513) 315-6403 West Lafayette, IN 47906
Pursue a PhD in nuclear engineering at Purdue University studying bioelectrics and nanosecond pulse forming
networks for directed energy applications
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 47907
MS Health Science 05/17 (Anticipated)
BS Nuclear Engineering 05/15
Professional Experience and Certifications:
Directed Energy Professional Society Internship (Naval Research Laboratory)
(Supervisor: Mike Helle)
Investigated microwave interaction with laser induced plasma
Conducted experiments varying parameters to examine plasma change
Modeled sensitivity of plasma filament position in microwave waveguide
Analyzed data using mathematical software
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (Supervisor: Prof. Robert Bean)
Engineered and implemented safety systems for PUR-1 research nuclear reactor
Examined and refined procedures for laboratory classes
Evaluated nuclear diagnostic and measurement equipment
Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology, Greifswald, Germany
Summer Research Intern (Supervisor: Prof. Juergen Kolb)
Built various Blumlein pulse forming networks
Experimented with switching, grounding, inductance, and capacitance
Examined effects on pulse shape and reflection
BioElectrics and ElectroPhysics Laboratory (BEEP)
Research Assistant under Dr. Allen Garner
Examined change in cellular conductivity of cancer cells due to nanosecond
pulsed electric fields in real time
Applied pulsed electric fields to adhesion cells to develop a standard operating
Investigated change in cellular conductivity of chloroplasts due to nanosecond
pulsed electric fields in real time
Measured the conductivity and permittivity of cellular components and their
change after the application of nanosecond pulsed electric fields
Radiation Sterilization of Various Food
Undergraduate Research Assistant under Dr. Rusi Taleyarkhan
Measured the growth of mold and change in composition of food after various
Graduate Teaching Assistant for NUCL 305 (Nuclear Instrumentation Laboratory II)
Taught NUCL 305 lab course two to three times a week and organized course materials
and lab space.
Held Office hours every week to assist undergraduate students
Construction and operation of Blumlein pulse forming network
Operation of high voltage equipment
Experience with wiring, machining, and construction
Developed and instituted operating procedures and safety measures
Created and implemented experiments to investigate different phenomena
Use Mathematica to analyze and present data
Trained in cell culturing and preparation
1. A. J. Fairbanks, A. Vadlamani, T. Whitmer, and A. L. Garner. “Nanosecond Electric Pulse Induced
Changes in Cell Suspension Conductivity,” Proc. 2015 IEEE Conference on Electrical Insulation and
Dielectric Physics, accepted.
2. A. J. Fairbanks, A. Vadlamani, T. Whitmer, and A. L. Garner, “Real Time Measurements of Cell
Suspension Conductivity Changes Due to Pulsed Electric Fields,” Proc. 2014 IEEE International Power
Modulator and High Voltage Conference, accepted.
1. A. Fairbanks, A. Vadlamani, T. Whitmer, R. Sundararajan, and A. Garner, “Cell suspension electrical
measurements in real time,” BioEM 2015, 16 June 2015, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove,
CA, 16 June 2015, p.64 (2015).
2. A. J. Fairbanks, A. Vadlamani, T. Whitmer, and A. L. Garner, “Electrical conductivity changes in cell
suspensions during electric pulses,” 2015 IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference, 01 June 2015,
Austin, TX (2015).
3. A. L. Garner, S. P. M. Bane, A. J. Fairbanks, B. –S. Chen, R. S. Brayfield II, “Using electrode
geometry and electric pulse parameters to control atmospheric pressure plasma formation,” 2015 IEEE
International Pulsed Power Conference, 01 June 2015, Austin, TX (2015).
4. S. Sommakia+
, A. Baijnath, K. Raun, A. J. Fairbanks, K. Otto, and A. L. Garner, “Pulsed electric field
interactions with primary mixed cortical cultures,” 11th
International Bioelectrics Symposium, October
2014, Columbia, MO, p. 31 (2014).
5. A. J. Fairbanks, A. Vadlamani, T. Whitmer, and A. L. Garner, “Cell suspension conductivity variation
during electric pulses,” 11th
International Bioelectrics Symposium, October 2014, Columbia, MO, p. 28
6. A. Vadlamani, J. Zhuang, A. J. Fairbanks, G. Dunn, J. F. Kolb, and A. L. Garner, “Temperature
dependence of the electrical properties of biological cells,” 11th
International Bioelectrics Symposium,
October 2014, Columbia, MO, p. 27 (2014).
7. A. J. Fairbanks, A. Vadlamani, T. Whitmer, and A. L. Garner, “Real time Measurements of Cell
Suspension Conductivity Changes Due to Pulsed Electric Fields,” 2014 IEEE International Power
Modulator and High Voltage Conference, June 2014, Santa Fe, NM, p. 111 (2014).
8. A. Vadlamani, A. J. Fairbanks, S. P. M. Bane, and A. L. Garner, “Variable High Voltage, High
Frequency Nanosecond Pulser for Plasma Combustion,” 2014 IEEE International Plasma
Sciences/BEAMS Conference, May 2014, Washington, DC.
Conference Oral Presentations [italics=presenter]
1. [INVITED] A. L. Garner, V. B. Neculaes, M. Deminsky, A. S. Torres, V. Robinson, A. Vadlamani, J. J.
Maciejewski, T. Whitmer, A. J. Fairbanks, S. K. Wyatt, A. L. Brewster, R. Sundararajan, and B.
Potapkin, “Electric Pulse Manipulation of Biological Cells: From Theory to Applications,” 60th
Health Physics Society Conference, 14 July 2015, Indianapolis, IN, TAM-G – Special Session: Non-
Ionizing Radiation, TAM-G.3.
IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Science Society: Student Member 2014-Present