Brandon Kunkler, 45, of Bloomington, died October 18, 2022 at his home.
Brandon was born on September 11, 1977 in Huntingburg, Indiana to Michael G. and Lana J. (Nahler) Kunkler.
Brandon received his master’s degree in electronics from Stevens Institute of Technology. Brandon was a valued member of the Indiana University Center for Energy and Matter Exploration and formerly of the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility.
For 16 years, he designed and built state-of-the-art electronic components for numerous proton therapy and physics research projects. In the early years, he was instrumental in proton beam diagnostic equipment and controls to ensure safer and more effective proton therapy for hundreds of cancer patients treated at the University of Indiana.
He developed the readout electronics and firmware that are essential for fundamental physics measurements performed in several laboratories around the world, from Tsukuba, Japan, to Geneva, Switzerland, and up to the heights of the stratosphere on a balloon. at high altitude. More recently, he designed and wrote much of the control programs for a new electronic module for use in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, which operates at the CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.
Brandon was very proud of the quality of his work. His colleagues loved and respected him, and he was well known for his skills and excellent work. His loss leaves a huge hole in Indiana University’s physics department, but a scientific legacy made possible by his hard work and a standard of excellence for future engineers.
Brandon invented and patented an unmanned underwater vehicle.
Brandon was an avid wakeboarder, kitesurfer, windsurfer, rock climber, snowboarder and he was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Seo; parents, Michael and Lana Kunkler of Saint Meinrad; several aunts and uncles and cousins also survive.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, John and Anna Kunkler and Allen and Rosemary Nahler; cousin, Kurt Phillips.
A Christian Burial Mass will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Saint Meinrad Church at 10:00 a.m. CDT. Visitation will be held at the church from 8:00 a.m. CDT until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree in memory of Brandon.
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