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Kate Althouse

Kate Althouse

Research Administrator Lead

Office: 3109 ERB 1
Email: katealt@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-4878

Franko Bayer

Franko Bayer

Project Senior Manager

Office: 6104 ERB 1
Email: fbayer@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-6894

Mr. Bayer has over 20 years of strategic and operational Management experience within the industry, where his experience focused on Program and Project Management for large scale OEM manufacturing. His area of expertise are complex Material Flow and Operations Engineering (facility launch and readiness) in combination with financial forecasting and cost management (strategic and operational).  His current interests are the launch and management of mid- and large-scale scientific user laboratories in the area of plasma physics and optical sciences.

Amy Brooks

Amy Brooks

Research Administration Manager

Office: 6106 ERB 1
Email: brooksab@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 936-2957

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell, PhD

Target Area Link Scientist

ZEUS Speciality Area: Experimental design

Office: 2026 Gerstacker
Email: campbpt@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-3260

Galina Kalinchenko

Galina Kalinchenko, PhD

Lead Research Area Specialist

ZEUS Speciality Area: Laser engineering

Office: 2022 Gerstacker
Email: kalina@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-9030

After receiving her PhD in laser physics from Rostov State University Dr. Kalinchenko worked as Assistant and Associate Professor in Moscow Technical University of Communication and Informatics and South Russian State Polytechnic University. Since 2002, Dr. Kalinchenko has worked at the University of Michigan, COE EECS – ECEDivision as an Assistant Research Scientist and Laser Engineer. In 2014, she moved to ELI-Beamlines Prague and then returned to Michigan in 2019 to join the ZEUS project.

Sallee Klein

Sallee Klein

Senior Engineer

ZEUS Speciality Area: Target fabrication

Office: Gerstacker
Phone: salleer@umich.edu
Phone: (619) 729-1366

Andrew McKelvey

Andrew McKelvey, PhD

Target Area Link Scientist

ZEUS Speciality Area: Experimental design

Office: 2024 Gerstacker
Email: ajmckelv@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 763-4876

Gaylene Opal-Deitering

Administration Assistant Sr.

Office: 6113 ERB 1
Email: gaylene@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 647-1719


Elizabeth Oxford

Elizabeth Oxford

Outreach Coordinator

ZEUS Speciality Area: Educational and Public Outreach, Communications and Media, Marketing, Web Design, and User Development

Office: 6111 ERB 1
Email: oxforda@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 647-3959

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Laboratory Engineer

Office: 2006 Gerstacker
Email: laurenum@umich.edu

Research Areas:  Quantum optics, nonlinear optics, quantum information science, laser physics

Lauren is a UM alumna, and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.  As an undergraduate student, Lauren worked as a research assistant in an experimental condensed matter laboratory, using both ultrafast linear and nonlinear techniques in time-resolved ultrafast laser spectroscopy, in order to study the structure and dynamics of particular synthesized materials.  Following her graduation, Lauren conducted her own experiments in a similar laser laboratory, aiming to improve the efficacy of traditional photodetection methods.  Lauren’s passion for and educational background in quantum and nonlinear optics prompted her to pursue a career in laser physics and engineering, both within academia, as well as the industrial product development sector.  

Most recently, Lauren worked at the world’s first commercial laser manufacturer, Spectra-Physics; as a Laser Engineer there, she led group-wide efforts to increase the laser-induced damage threshold (LIDT) of optical components, subjected to high-intensity ultraviolet pulsed power beams; Lauren routinely performed, analyzed, and revised the designs of laboratory LIDT experiments.  Her unique blend of professional experience in academic and industrial electro-optical engineering and interest in laser physics brought Lauren back to Michigan, where she is thrilled to embark on a journey as a Laser/Laboratory Engineer on the Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort (ZEUS) pulse laser System.  Go Blue!

Qing Zhang

Qing Zhang, PhD

Data Scientist

Office: 2006 Gerstacker
Email: qzhangqz@umich.edu

Research areas: turbulent multiphase flow from nozzle injection, high spatiotemporal near-field speckle imaging, X-ray phase contrast imaging, high performance computing, laser system control


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Dr. Qing Zhang earned his doctorate degree in Power Machinery and Engineer at Tongji University, where he
studied fuel spray and combustion in automotive field. From 2018, Qing joined the Time Resolved Research Group located in the Advanced Photon Source Department at Argonne National Laboratory, starting as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and then continuing as an Assistant Mechanical Engineer. Dr. Zhang’s work focused on time-resolved experiments, image processing and high power computing. He studied turbulent multiphase flow and designed the latest generation of a high-efficiency, low-emission nozzle by utilizing high spatiotemporal x-ray imaging.

Qing recently joined the ZEUS project and CUOS group of University of Michigan. His focus will be on developing and updating the laser system control system and safety system, establishing a data management system and running high performance computing.