Jack Berkery

Deputy Director, NSTX-U Research Program

Dr. Jack Berkery is the Deputy Director of Research for the National Spherical Torus Experiment Upgrade (NSTX-U). Additionally, Dr. Berkery manages PPPL’s research collaborations with spherical tokamaks around the world, including in the UK, Spain, and Japan. Prior to joining PPPL, Dr. Berkery had worked for many years for Columbia University on a long-term collaboration at NSTX-U. His research was focused on reducing disruptions of fusion plasma discharges in tokamaks, including the resistive wall mode, an instability of the plasma that can appear at high pressures. Dr. Berkery received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1999, and his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 2005. Dr. Berkery is a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and has been invited by selective committees to give talks on his research at many venues domestically and internationally. Dr. Berkery has been the first author on over twenty scientific papers on his research including two in the prestigious Physical Review Letters and one that was recognized as one of the most cited articles of 2014 by Physics of Plasmas.

Selected Publications