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Nathaniel Fisch

Director, Program in Plasma Physics

Nathaniel Fisch is professor and associate chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences and director of the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University.  He earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an MIT National Scholar.  He is also the associate director for academic affairs at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and an associated faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University.  Dr. Fisch is known for predicting new ways to control plasma, including methods of generating electrical current in plasma using electromagnetic waves.  His current research interests include plasma physics with applications to nuclear fusion, lasers, propulsion, nuclear waste remediation, and astrophysics.  Dr. Fisch is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Physical Society (APS) Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics, the Department of Energy Bronze Medal for Outstanding Mentor, the Fusion Power Associates Distinguished Career Award, the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the APS James Clerk Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics, and the European Physical Society (EPS) Hannes Alfven Prize.  He is a Fellow of the APS and the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts.  He is a former chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics.

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