2015 Fusion Power Associates Awards Announced

September 12, 2015

The Fusion Power Associates (FPA) Board of Directors has selected the recipients of its 2015 Distinguished Career, Leadership, and Excellence in Fusion Engineering Awards. A Special Award will also be presented this year. The awards will be presented at Fusion Power Associates 36th Annual Meeting and Symposium, Strategies to Fusion Power, December 16-17, in Washington, DC.

The 2015 Distinguished Career Award will be presented to Gerald L. Kulcinski (University of Wisconsin).

The 2015 Leadership Award will be presented to Hiroshi Azechi (Osaka University).

2015 Excellence in Fusion Engineering Awards will be presented to Susana Reyes (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) and to Francesco Volpe (Columbia University).

A Special Award will be presented to Wayne Meier (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory).

FPA Distinguished Career Awards have been given annually since 1987 to recognize individuals who have made distinguished lifelong career contributions that have benefited fusion energy development. Kulcinski is cited for his "many years of dedication to advancing the prospects for fusion power" and noting especially "your decades of outstanding career contributions as a scientist and educator in the areas of both magnetic and inertial confinement fusion."

FPA Leadership Awards have been given annually since 1980 to recognize persons who have shown outstanding leadership qualities in accelerating the development of fusion as a commercial power source. Azechi is cited for his "many scientific contributions and the managerial leadership you are providing to national and international research efforts on inertial confinement fusion and high energy density plasma physics" and noting especially "your leadership of the scientific program at the Institute of Laser Engineering, Osaka University, for both high energy density physics and for the eventual achievement of ignition, leading towards a commercial fusion power source."

FPA Excellence in Fusion Engineering Awards have been given annually since 1987, in memory of MIT Professor David J. Rose, to recognize persons in the relatively early part of their careers who have shown both technical accomplishment and potential to become exceptionally influential leaders in the fusion field. Reyes is cited for "the leadership you have been providing to both magnetic and inertial fusion efforts in many areas, including safety and licensing, tritium systems, and power plant designs" and "especially noting your input to the National Academy's panel on Prospects for Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy Systems and your services on the DOE Office of Sciences Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC) and as chair of the American Nuclear Society Fusion Energy Division." Volpe is cited for "the contributions you have been providing to fusion science and engineering in many areas, including MHD stability and RF heating" and noting especially "the leadership role you are playing in innovations for stellarator and tokamak-torsatron hybrid configurations."

FPA Special Awards have been given periodically since 1980 to recognize individuals who have made some special contribution to the cause of fusion power development. A Special Award will be given in 2015 to Wayne Meier (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) "in recognition of your many contributions to advancing the science, technology, and integrated assessments of potential fusion power plants, and for your broad support of the fusion community in leadership positions within the ANS and IEEE, as well as your role on journal editorial boards."

A list of previous recipients is posted at http://fusionpower.org and click on Awards.