Dr. Richard J Hawryluk
Richard Hawryluk, the interim director of PPPL, is an internationally-known physicist and a former deputy director of PPPL. He served as the head of the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade (NSTX-U) Recovery Planning Project from 2016 through August of 2017.
Hawryluk has spent most of his career at the Laboratory. He came to PPPL in 1974 after receiving a Ph.D. in physics from MIT. He headed the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, then the largest magnetic confinement fusion facility in the U.S., from 1991 to 1997. Hawryluk oversaw all research and technical operations as deputy director of the Laboratory for 11 years from 1997 to 2008. He was then head of PPPL’s ITER and Tokamaks Department from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Hawryluk worked at ITER in France, serving as the deputy director general for the Administration Department of ITER.
In 2013, Hawryluk returned to the Laboratory as head of the ITER and Tokamaks department. He remained in that position until he became head of the Recovery Planning Project last year. Hawryluk has received numerous awards during his career including a Department of Energy Distinguished Associate Award, a Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research and Technology and a Fusion Power Award as well as American Physical Society Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics with Rob Goldston and James Strachan. Hawryluk is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2008 and of the American Physical Society since 1986. He also chairs the board of editors of Nuclear Fusion, a monthly journal devoted to controlled fusion energy.
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