Thomas Antonsen has been named a 2011 Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Fellow. He is being recognized for his contributions to the theory of magnetically confined plasmas, laser-plasma interactions and high-power coherent radiation sources.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership.

Professor Antonsen joined the University of Maryland in 1980. He currently holds a joint academic appointment as Professor of Physics and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Institue for research in Electronics and Applied Physics.