William M. Burke, Jr.

Research Engineer





BSEE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983)


Analog and digital electronic design; PC board design and electronic packaging.


Electrical engineering to support the design and operation of magnetic fusion reactors: Magnet systems, including power supplies, cryogenics, and diagnostics. Vacuum systems and vacuum vessel temperature control. RF heating and plasma diagnostics. Reactor safety systems and interlocks.

Analog Electronics: Amplifiers, filters, data converters, sensor interfaces and signal conditioning, signal processing and feedback control.

Digital Electronics: System design with CPLD's, FPGA's, and microprocessors for precision timing, sequencing, and synchronization. Fiber optic communication and control links.

RF Systems: Analysis and design of RF tuning and matching networks. Amplitude, frequency, and phase control of RF amplifiers. Design of kilowatt level RF sources for MHD diagnostics.


W. Burke, A. Kanojia, J. Stillerman, "Real-time high-field measurements of joint resistance in the Alcator C‑Mod TF Coil," IEEE 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), 2015

W. Burke, T. Golfinopoulos, B. LaBombard, R. Parker, W. Parkin, P. Woskov, "The Shoelace Antenna: a device for inductively coupling to low frequency, short wavelength fluctuations in the plasma boundary," IEEE 26th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), 2015

R. Tesfaye, W. M. Burke, G. L. Dekow, T. L. Toland, "Upgrades to the Alcator C‑Mod Gas System," IEEE 25th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), 2013

J. Stillerman, W. Burke, B. Labombard, "An optical timing verification system for Alcator C‑Mod," Fusion Engineering Design, Vol 85, 2010

W. Burke, W. Cochran, J Sears, J. Snipes, S. Wolfe, X. Zhong, "Real Time Control of the Active MHD Diagnostic on Alcator C Mod," IEEE 21st Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), 2005

W. Burke, "Serial fiber optic links for the lower hybrid current drive control system on Alcator C‑Mod," IEEE 20th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), 2003

W. Burke, E. Byrne, "A reliable temperature control system for the Alcator C‑Mod vacuum vessel," IEEE 15th Symposium on Fusion Engineering (SOFE), 1993