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Two receive Kaul Prize for plasma physics work

Erik Perry and Ronald Strykowsky, engineers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory , have received the Kaul Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research and Technology Development, honoring their contributions to the dismantling of the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor.

Princeton University awards the Kaul Prize to recognize a recent outstanding technical achievement in plasma physics or technology development by a full-time, regular employee of the laboratory. Each winner receives $2,000.

Perry and Strykowsky were cited for "managing the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor Decommissioning and Decontamination Project, which was completed on schedule and under budget, as well as demonstrating that a large and complex fusion facility can be safely dismantled without significant radiological exposure to workers or harm to the environment."

The three-year, $40.3 million project, which was completed in September for $3.6 million under budget, dismantled one of the world's largest and most successful experimental fusion machines.

Perry was the project manager and is head of the construction branch of the laboratory. Strykowsky is a project controls manager at the laboratory, with responsibilities with the National Compact Stellarator Experiment Project, the engineering department and business operations.

The plasma physics laboratory, funded by the Department of Energy and managed by the University, is a collaborative national center for science and innovation leading to an attractive fusion energy source.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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