Dr. Connor is a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering where he teaches courses on electromagnetics, electronics and instrumentation, plasma physics, electric power, and general Engineering. His research is focused on three topics. First is the application of heavy particle beam based diagnostics to plasmas of interest to the thermonuclear fusion community, for which he was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1997. The purpose of this diagnostic (called the Heavy Ion Beam Probe) is to characterize the electric and magnetic field structures and the electron density of the plasma. Both equilibrium values and fluctuations in these quantities can be measured. Second is the study of electromagnetic phenomena, especially those associated with high frequency RF waves, light and bioinstrumentation. Third is engineering education, diversity in the engineering workforce, and technology enhanced learning. Dr. Connor also maintains an interest in other plasma physics and electromagnetics topics, photonics and the history of technology. Since joining the Rensselaer faculty in 1974, he has had the great good fortune to work with wonderful colleagues at a very large number of institutions, including, but very much not limited to, US National Labs (e.g. Oak Ridge and Livermore), companies (e.g. Analog Devices) and Universities (e.g. Texas, Wisconsin, Boston University, New Mexico, Howard, Morgan State, Rose-Hulman, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke, Albany, Arizona State ...), Kyoto and Nagoya Universities in Japan, the Ioffe Institute in Russia and Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology in Ukraine. He was ECSE Department Head from 2001-2008 and served on the board of the ECE Department Heads Association from 2003-2008. He is presently the Director of Education for the LESA NSF ERC and directs the Mobile Studio Project.
"Use of a Heavy Ion Beam Probe to Measure the Plasma Potential on the Advanced Toroidal Facility", S. C. Aceto,K. A. Connor, J. G. Schwelberger and J. J. Zielinski, Rev. Sci. Instrum., vol 63, pp. 4568-4570 (1992).
"Electron Density Profile Measurement with a Heavy Ion Beam Probe", J. G. Schwelberger, S. C. Aceto, K. A. Connor, J. J. Zielinski, L. A. Baylor, A. C. England, R. Isler, C. H. Ma, M. Murakami, T. Uchan and D. A. Rasmussen, Rev. Sci. Instrum., vol 63, pp. 4571-4573 (1992).
"2 Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of Open Microwave Devices", L. Nicholas, K. A. Connor, S. J. Salon, B. G. Ruth, L. F. Libelo, Journal de Physique III, vol 2, 2101 (1992).
"Internal Magnetic and Electrostatic Fluctuation Measurements of MHD Modes in the TEXT Tokamak", V. J. Simcic, T. P. Crowley, P. M. Schoch, A. Y. Aydemir, X. Z. Yang, K. A. Connor, R. L. Hickok, A. J. Wootton, and S. C. McCool, Physics of Fluids B, vol 5, 1576 (1993).
"3 Dimensional Finite Element Analysis of High Power Microwave Devices", L. Nicolas, K. A. Connor, S. J. Salon, B. G. Ruth and L. F. Libelo., IEEE Trans. Magnetics, vol 29, 1642 (1993).
"Guest Editorial on Special Issue on Heavy Ion Beam Probing", K. A. Connor and T. P. Crowley, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, vol 22, 285 (1994).
"Measurements of the Space Potential of Electron Cyclotron Heated Plasmas in the Advanced Toroidal Facility", S. C. Aceto, K. A. Connor, J. G. Schwelberger and J. J. Zielinski, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, vol 22, 388 (1994)."Temperature and Density Measurements in a Non-Axisymmetric, Continuously Operating Fusion Experiment Using a Heavy Ion Beam Probe", J. R. Goyer, K. A. Connor, R. L. Hickok and L. Solensten, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, vol 22, 403 (1994).
"Atomic Collision Processes Relevant for Heavy Ion Beam Probes", J. G. Schwelberger and K. A. Connor, IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, vol 22, 418 (1994).
" Time Domain Finite Element Analysis of High Power Microwave Aperture Antennas," K. Choi, S. J. Salon, K. A.Connor, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, 31, 1622 (1995).
"A Second-Order Accurate Method To A Time Domain Analysis Of Wave Propagation In An Irregular Mesh," K. Choi, S. J. Salon, K. A. Connor, H. K. Jung, S. Y. Hahn, IEEE Transactions On Magnetics, vol 32, 938 (1996).
"Ballooning Characteristics in Density Fluctuations Observed with the 2 MeV Heavy Ion Beam Probe on the TEXT-U Tokamak," A. Fujisawa, A. Ouroua, J. W. Heard, T. P. Crowley, P. M. Schoch, K. A. Connor, R. L. Hickok, A. J. Wootton, Nuclear Fusion, vol 36, 375 (1996).
"Heavy Ion Beam Probe Sample Volume Effects in Helical Devices," T. P. Crowley, H. Iguchi, A. Fujisawa, S. Lee,Y. Hamada, S. C. Aceto, and K. A. Connor, Fusion Engineering and Design vol. 34-35, 653 (1997).
"Measurements of Broadband Fluctuations and Plasma Potential with the 2 MeV Heavy Ion Beam Probe on the TEXT-U Tokamak," A. Ouroua, T.P. Crowley, K.A. Connor, D.R. Demers, A. Fujisawa, R.L. Hickok, P.E. McLaren,P.M. Schoch, Fusion Engineering and Design, vol 34-35, 613 (1997).
“Investigation of microwave heating with time varying material properties,” J. Braunstein, K. Connor, S. Salon, et al. IEEE Trans Magnetics, vol 35, 1813 (1999)
K. Connor, U. Shah, J. Lei, D. Demers, P. Schoch, T. Crowley, C. Forest, J. Anderson, D. Craig, S. Prager, “First Measurement of Potential in the Core Region of the Madison Symmetric Torus Reversed Field Pinch,” Proc. of the 11 th International Toki Conference on Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion (ITC-11), J. Plasma Fusion Res. SERIES, Vol. 4 (2001) 213-218.
“Radial electrostatic flux inferred from core measurements of potential and density fluctuations,” D. R. Demers, P. M. Schoch, K. A. Connor, T. P. Crowley , Physics of Plasmas, vol 8, 1278 (2001).
“Initial measurements of the plasma potential in the Core of the MST reversed field pinch with a heavy ion beam probe,” D. R. Demers, J. Lei, U. Shah, P. M. Schoch, K. A. Connor, T. P. Crowley, J. G. Schatz, J. K. Anderson, J. S. Sarff, Czech J. Phys, vol 51, 1065 (2001).
“Core Electrostatic Fluctuations and Particle Transport in a Reversed-Field Pinch,” J. Lei, P. M. Schoch, D. R. Demers, U. Shah, K. A. Connor, J. K. Anderson, and T. P. Crowley, Physical Review Letters, Vol. 89, Num. 27, 275001 (2002).
“Zonal Flow Measurements with a Heavy Ion Beam Probe,” P. M. Schoch, K. A. Connor, D. R. Demers, X. Zhang, Review of Scientific Instruments, vol 74, 1846 (2003).
“ Analysis of heavy ion beam probe potential measurement errors in the Madison Symmetric Torus ,” X. Zhang, J. Lei, K. A. Connor, D. R. Demers, P. M. Schoch, U. Shah, Review of Scientific Instruments, vol 75, 3502 (2004).
" Sources for Fusion Plasma Diagnostics (Invited),” M. Sasao, K. A. Connor, K. Ida, H. Iguchi, A. A. Ivanov, M. Nishiura, D. M. Thomas, M. Wada, M. Yoshinuma, IEEE Trans. on Plasma Science, vol 33, 1872 (2005).