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Lab Leadership

Laboratory Director (interim)

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.

Deputy Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer

Terry Brog is deputy director of operations and chief operating officer of PPPL, a position he assumed in June of 2016. He served as interim director of the Laboratory from September of 2016 through August of 2017. Before joining PPPL, Brog was manager of the Strategic Projects Division for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). He was previously chief operations officer for PNNL’s Energy and Environment Directorate.

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.

Chief Planning Officer

Dr. Stacia A. Zelick, whose first name is pronounced “Stay-sha,” said she likes the fact that she will have the opportunity to get involved in day-to-day operations. In her previous job as director of Information Technology at Rutgers University-Newark, Zelick managed a budget of more than $4 million and a staff of 26 full-time employees and 100 student employees.

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