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Emanuela Barzi was born in Brussels, Belgium. After a Baccalaureate Diploma from the Ecole Européenne, she moved to Italy, where in 1993 she received a Laurea Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pisa University. She then joined the Collider Detector Experiment (CDF) at Fermilab, and in 1996 was awarded a Laurea Degree in Physics. Since 1997, she has built a first class lab at Fermilab to perform research on superconductors for accelerator magnets, and is now the leader of the R&D Group grown around such effort.
Her research interests are in Low Temperature (LTS) and High Temperature Superconductors (HTS). She is the co-author of a flux pinning model for granular A15 superconductors, which suggests that the critical current of these materials could be largely improved.
As Task Leader for the LHC Accelerator Research Program, she has coordinated work by BNL, FNAL, LBNL and SLAC, pioneering instability studies in Nb3Sn superconductors. She identified the process by which this effect worsens in cables, and helped the manufacturer develop a stable conductor, which is now being used in magnet programs in the US and abroad.
A Collaboration with Japanese colleagues produced a Nb3Al conductor viable for high field magnet applications. This work was recognized in 2009 with the Superconductor Science and Technology Prize by the Forum of Superconductivity Science and Technology in Japan.
Since 2005 her research activity has been extended to HTS. This includes work on Bi-2212 round wires and cables, and anisotropic Bi-2223 and 2G YBCO wires.
She is an enthusiastic promoter of science with graduate and postgraduate student programs with Italy, including the Scuola Superiore di Sant'Anna graduate student program at Fermilab, where she is also chair of the Laurea student committee to select and train bright young people in the field of High Energy Physics and Accelerator Physics and Technology.
She has co-authored more than 150 articles on Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, IEEE, SuST and AIP.
I have been consistently interested in International collaborations at all times, working from the start of my career with colleagues of a number of European and Japanese Universities and Research Institutes to perform joint R&D programs. As leader of an R&D Group on superconducting materials at Fermilab, I trained in my lab and mentored a large number of bright Laurea and Ph.D. students in Physics and Engineering.
Since several years I have been running a graduate student program of the Scuola Superiore di Sant`Anna of Pisa. The Sant’Anna School is one of few Excellence Universities in Italy that sends yearly a number of selected students for training programs at Fermilab. I also distribute within the Technical, Accelerator, Particle Physics and Computing Divisions of Fermilab Physics and Engineering graduate student recruited from all over Italy.
Also, since this year, as a member of the North America Foundation of Italian Scientists and Scholars (ISSNAF), I am contributing to a program by which Italian Physics and Engineering graduate students are sent to a number of US labs other than Fermilab and to US Universities for training periods in a variety of science fields.
I am looking forward to expand student programs to other countries besides Italy, and to further establish advanced research programs between scientists from these other countries and US scientists.