Michael Borland has extensive experience in the design, commissioning, operation, and simulation of electron guns, linear accelerators, and storage rings, and is well known for contributions to accelerator-driven light sources. He received his Ph. D. in 1991 from Stanford University for design and commissioning of a 1.5-cell thermionic rf gun. After moving to Argonne, he played a prominent role in the design, commissioning, and transition to operations of the APS complex, particularly for the Particle Accumulator Ring and Storage Ring.
Dr. Borland is the principal author of ELEGANT, one of the most widely-used codes for accelerator design and simulation. In 2001, using ELEGANT, he discovered the CSR-driven microbunching instability in the LCLS design, which is now a topic of international interest. He is also well known for application of multi-objective genetic algorithms to optimization of storage ring lattices and has led the beam physics team for the APS Upgrade, a major project that will replace the APS storage ring with an ultra-bright 4th-generation design.