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Professor Drake teaches and pursues research in laboratory, space, and astrophysical plasmas at the University of Michigan. His current research emphasizes the application of experimental facilities that produce high energy densities to the simulation of astrophysical and space phenomena. His Ph.D from Johns Hopkins in 1979 was based on work in plasma spectroscopy. He worked at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in magnetic fusion and laser fusion until 1989, during which time he led the activation of target experiments on the Nova laser facility. He was an Associate Professor at the University of California Davis from 1989-1991, and a Full Professor from 1991-1993, while also serving as Director of the Plasma Physics Research Institute at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which continued until his move to Michigan in 1996, where he for four years directed the 13 M$/yr Space Physics Research Laboratory. He has authored more than 140 scientific papers and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.