Professor Koeth is in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and has over 20 years of technical and leadership experience in the fields of nuclear and radiation sciences, particle accelerators, radiofrequency and pulsed power systems. Koeth earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University performing an experiment at Fermilab. In 2009, he moved to UMD to work on new accelerator concepts. From 2013 - 2019, Dr. Koeth was director of the University of Maryland’s Nuclear Reactor & Radiation Facilities and continues to hold an advisory role.
Presently Koeth’s research includes radiation damage studies on detectors used at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. He leads a materials research group with contracts with Los Alamos National Lab working on radiation damage in materials and electronics; with Lockheed Martin investigating leptonic materials in extreme conditions, and is a co-PI on a UMD ARPA-E (BETHE) sponsored fusion experiment seeking to achieve a high “ntt” triple product, investigating materials for practical fusion energy.
Koeth maintains a collection of early atomic age history, which has gained popular interest. Recently, one of his artifacts has been made the centerpiece for an exhibit, The Dark Cube, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, in Albuquerque, NM.