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Plasma physics lab names research and engineering fellows

John Krommes and Robert Parsells, researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory , have been named as the laboratory's distinguished fellows in research and engineering, respectively.

The fellowship program, funded by the Department of Energy, was created to recognize the accomplishments of the laboratory's research, engineering and scientific staff. Fellows receive one-time gifts of $5,000.

Krommes, a physicist who holds a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton, was recognized for his pioneering and creative research on the modern theory of plasma turbulence and for outstanding pedagogical contributions to Princeton's graduate program in plasma physics. Plasma is a hot, ionized gas used as the fuel for the production of fusion energy. Turbulence in a plasma disrupts the fusion reaction.

Parsells, an engineer, was cited for his extraordinary ingenuity in the solution of practical engineering problems, including the adaptation of diamond wire cutting technology for the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor Decommissioning and Decontamination Project.

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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