Dr. Richard (Rich) Hawryluk

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Dr. Richard (Rich) Hawryluk recently joined the Office of the Deputy Director for Science Programs, Office of Science as a Senior Technical Advisor.  Dr. Richard Hawryluk had retired from his position as Associate Director for Fusion at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).  Among other responsibilities, he was Interim Deputy Director for Operations from October 2018 to January 2019 and Interim Director of PPPL from August 2017 to July 2018.  Hawryluk came to the Lab in 1974 after receiving a Ph.D. in physics from MIT.  He headed the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor at PPPL, then the largest magnetic confinement fusion facility in the United States, from 1991 to 1997 and led the deuterium-tritium experiments.  Hawryluk oversaw all research and technical operations as Deputy Director of the Laboratory for 11 years from 1997 to 2008.  He then spent several years working on research and management topics associated with ITER, as head of the ITER and Tokamaks Department from 2009 to 2011 and from 2013 to 2016, and as Deputy Director General for the Administration Department of ITER from 2011 to 2013.

He has received numerous awards during his career including an American Physical Society Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics, U.S. Department of Energy Distinguished Associate Award, a Kaul Foundation Prize for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research and Technology, and a Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award.  He is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2008 and of the American Physical Society since 1986; he also chaired the board of editors of Nuclear Fusion, a monthly journal devoted to controlled fusion energy.  He has chaired or participated in many national and international reviews and advisory panels and most recently the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on the Key Goals and Innovations Needed for a U.S. Fusion Pilot Plant.

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Dr. Richard (Rich) Hawryluk