Bio: Prof Goeckner has been a faculty member of the University of Texas at Dallas since 1999. He is currently a professor in 5 departments, Physics, Electrical, Mechanical, Material Science and Science Education. Prior to joining UT Dallas, he worked in the Ginzton Research Center at Varian Associates - one of the original semiconductor related firms in the Bay Area. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of Iowa in 1990 and two bachelor degrees from Southern Illinois University, Mathematics (1982) and Physics (1983). He works in the broad area of Plasma Science, having been involved in a multitude of experimental and computational studies in the field.