US Fusion Head Ed Synakowski Departs Position

July 22, 2017

Edmund J. Synakowski, head of the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fusion Energy Sciences since 2009, will depart his post to become VP for Research and Economic Development at the University of Wyoming effective August 8. He will also be a tenured professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy there. In announcing Ed's planned departure, Steve Binkley, Acting Director of DOE's Office of Science said, "During his tenure here, Ed provided excellent leadership for the national program in fusion energy sciences through some very challenging times. His scientific expertise, professionalism, thoughtfulness, and strategic vision have been much appreciated. We will sincerely miss him in the Office of Science." Laurie Nichols, President of the University of Wyoming, said, "I am delighted that a scientist of Dr. Synakoski's stature has agreed to lead the University of Wyoming's vital research and economic development enterprises. I am confident he will play a key role in building upon the foundation established by Dr. Gern (the previous VP) and others to continue to grow the university's research portfolio -- and help UW become an even stronger intellectual engine for the state's economy."

Ed received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1988. From 1988 through 2005 he was at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. From 2005 to June 2009 he was the Fusion Program Leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He will leave his post at DOE on August 5.