Ray Zowarka

Ray Zowarka

Senior Research Scientist
The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics

Dr. Zowarka joined The University of Texas at Austin Center for Electromechanics in 1974. He has over 40 years experience related to the development of energy storage, high average power, and pulsed power systems and actuators. An expert in the operation, control, modeling, and analysis of pulsed power systems, he also has extensive experience with the design of diagnostics for railgun and pulsed power supplies. Recent experience includes the design and control of high power custom generators for the operation of linear motor systems.

Dr. Zowarka has managed several projects, including design and construction of high performance railguns operating in high vacuum driven with both HPG/I, capacitor bank and compulsator power supplies, the design and construction of high performance tactical electromagnetic launchers, the design of hypervelocity railgun powder deposition systems, the design of electromagnetic systems for geophysical exploration, the simulation and design of Maglev systems, and CEM’s participation in an electromagnetic aircraft launch system for the Navy under subcontract to General Atomics. Recently he has been Co-PI on an ARPA-E program with the goal of designing, fabricating and testing a linear motor natural gas compressor and PI on a Department of Transportation program for welding high performance bridge steel. He is author or co-author of more than 209 technical papers and reports.