Valeria Riccardo is PPPL’s head of engineering, the largest department at PPPL. She worked for more than 20 years at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy in Oxfordshire, England, which operates the Joint European Torus (JET) and the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) facility, a sister facility to PPPL. As chief engineer at the Culham Center for five years, she was responsible for ensuring that the consequences of any design, installation and operation decision were understood. She was previously deputy engineering design and manufacture team leader for the ITER-like Wall (ILW) project for five years. The project used the same materials on the interior of the JET tokamak as those that will be used on the interior of the ITER tokamak, the huge international fusion experiment being built in Cadarache, France.
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