Thomas Antonsen graduated from Cornell University where he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1973 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1976 and 1977, respectively. His research interests include the theory of magnetically confined plasmas, the theory and design of high power sources of coherent radiation, nonlinear dynamics in fluids, and the theory of the interaction of intense laser pulses and plasmas. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics, and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a UMD Distinguished University Professor.