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Professor Andrew Randewich is AWE Chief Scientist. After completing a PhD in plasma physics, he joined the company in 1997 in the High Altitude Nuclear Effects Team where he developed a novel capability to model Artificial (Nuclear Induced) Van Allen Belts.
He also worked to improve AWE’s understanding of and capability in Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) phenomenology and won the Discovery Award for Early Career Scientific Innovation.
Andrew later worked on thermonuclear burn modelling in support of Intertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and as a Team Leader for transport algorithms in the Computational Physics Group. Since then, Andrew spent two years managing the Physics Certification programme, and in 2009 moved to lead the High Performance Computing Group where he was involved in the procurement and installation of some of the largest computers in the UK. After 6 months as acting Head of Design Physics, Andrew was appointed Head of Plasma Physics in November 2011.
The Plasma Physics Department’s main role is using high power lasers to underwrite high energy density physics simulations. As part of the role, Andrew was Asset Manager for the ORION laser, one of the largest science capital investments in the UK. Andrew also managed several other science facilities such as the ASP neutron accelerator. Also in 2011, Andrew became Head of Profession for Physics with responsibility for the Continuous Professional Development of all Physicists at AWE and the company’s interactions with the Institute of Physics.
Andrew became AWE Chief Scientist in 2013. Andrew is a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Institute. He was also appointed as a visiting professor at Imperial College London in April 2012.