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Lab Leadership

Laboratory Director

Steven Cowley, a theoretical physicist and international authority on fusion energy, became the seventh Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on July 1, 2018 and will be Princeton professor of astrophysical sciences on September 1, 2018. Most recently president of Corpus Christi College and professor of physics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom since 2016, Cowley previously was chief executive officer of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and head of the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Deputy Director for Research

Michael Zarnstorff has been deputy director of research at PPPL since 2009 and a physicist at PPPL since 1984.  As deputy director, he oversees physics experiments at PPPL and collaborations on fusion experiments around the world.  Zarnstorff graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Ph.D. in physics in 1984.

Deputy Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Craig R. Ferguson joined PPPL in 2019 as deputy director for operations and chief operating officer. He has more than 25 years of experience in managing aspects of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories, including at Sandia, Argonne and Idaho national laboratories. He most recently was vice president of mission assurance at Longenecker & Associates, a consulting firm that works with the DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration facilities.

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