People

Amitava Bhattacharjee
Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
(Director of Collaboration)

Professor Amitava Bhattacharjee is a Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University and at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He serves as Director of the Princeton Center for Heliophysics, supporting a NASA-National Science Foundation (NSF) collaboration on Space Weather as well as Director of the Simons Foundation…

Charles Fefferman
Herbert E. Jones, Jr. '43 University Professor of Mathematics
(Chair, Advisory Board)
Aaron Bader
Staff Scientist
(Affiliate)
Antoine Baillod
(Graduate Student)

Antoine Baillod is a graduate student at the Swiss Plasma Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Under the supervision of J. P. Graves and J. Loizu, his research focuses on the robustness of 3D magnetic equilibria to toroidal current fluctuations. In practice, the Stepped Pressure Equilibrium Code (SPEC) is being used and its capabilities extended…

Lance Beden
Webmaster
David Bindel
Associate Professor of Computer Science
(Founding Investigator)

David S. Bindel is Associate professor of Computer Science at Cornell University.  Before joining Cornell in 2009, he was a Courant Instructor of Mathematics at NYU from 2006-2009.  He works broadly in scientific computing, including in numerical linear algebra, numerical PDEs, and optimization, with a particular focus…

Allen H Boozer
Professor of Applied Physics
(Founding Investigator)

Allen Boozer has developed many of the concepts that underlie modern stellarator theory.  For this he was elected to scientific membership in the German Max Planck Society (Auswärtiges Wissenschafliches Mitglied der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft) in 1989 and awarded the Alfvén Prize by the Division of Plasma Physics of the European Physical…

John Cary
Professor of Physics
(Advisory Board)
Antoine Cerfon
Associate Professor of Mathematics
(Co-Investigator)

Antoine Cerfon got his M.Sc. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Ecole des Mines de Paris, France (2005) and his Ph.D. in Applied Plasma Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2010). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

His…

Peter Constantin
John von Neumann Professor
(Founding Investigator)

Peter Constantin is the John von Neumann Professor of Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University and the Director of the Program of Applied and Computational Mathematics. Constantin obtained his PhD in 1981 at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the direction of Shmuel Agmon with a dissertation on…

Robert Dewar
Emeritus Professor
(Founding Investigator)
Biography

Robert Dewar BSc (Melb), MSc(Melb), PhD (Princeton) is an Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was Convenor of the former ARC Complex Open Systems Research Network (

Nathan Duignan
Postdoctoral Associate
(Affiliate)
Susan Duncan
Department Manager
Omar Ghattas
John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational Geosciences
(Founding Investigator)

Dr. Omar Ghattas is a Professor of Geological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Director of the Center for Computational Geosciences and Optimization in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and holds the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Computational…

Andrew Giuliani
Post Doctoral Fellow
(Affiliate)
Silke M. Glas
Postdoctoral Associate
(Affiliate)

Silke Glas is a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University in the Department of Computer Science. Her research interests include partial differential equations (PDEs) and in particular model reduction of time-dependent and nonlinear PDEs, such as wave equations, Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman equations and variational inequalities. In the matter of…

Chris Hegna
Professor
(Affiliate)
Per Helander
Head of Stellarator Theory Division
(Founding Investigator)

Per Helander is one of four directors at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP in Greifswald, Germany, where he leads the Stellarator Theory Division. His predecessor Jürgen Nührenberg, who pioneered the science of stellarator optimization still works in the Division. IPP is home to the world’s largest and most advanced stellarator,…

Sophia Henneberg
Post Doctoral Fellow
(Affiliate)
Matthew Hole
Associate Professor
(Co-Investigator)

A/Prof. Matthew J. Hole is a Senior Fellow of the ANU, and leads the Plasma Theory and Modelling group at the ANU.  His principal field of research is magnetohydrodynamics, fluid modelling, and wave analysis of fusion, industrial, and astrophysical plasmas.  Matthew is the founding Chair of the Australian ITER Forum, a research network spanning…

Stuart Hudson
Staff Research Physicist
(Affiliate)

Dr. Stuart R. Hudson is a staff research physicist in the Theory Department. After completing a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Australian National University he joined the Theory Department of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute as a post-doctoral Research Fellow, and then joined the Center…

Lise-Marie Imbert-Gérard
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
(Founding Investigator)

Professor Lise-Marie Imbert-Gerard is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Before that she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, where she was also member of the Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling and member of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.

Frank Jenko
Head of Tokamak Theory Division, IPP; Professor, University of Texas at Austin
(Affiliate)

Frank Jenko is Head of the Tokamak Theory Division and DIrector at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics at Garching, Germany. At the same time, he is Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at the Technical University of Munich. He has co-authored more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including one of the most cited…

Rogerio Jorge
Postdoctoral Associate
(Affiliate)

Dr. Rogerio Jorge is Research Scientist at IST, Lisbon, Portugal. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a EUROfusion’s Enabling Research Grant [link1, link2] and an FCT CEEC Grant at the Junior Researcher level, 2021 edition [link].  Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics,…

David Keyes
Professor, Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
(Advisory Board)
Boris Khesin
Professor of Mathematics
(Advisory Board)
Matt Landreman
Associate Research Scientist
(Co-Investigator)

Matt Landreman’s research explores confinement and transport in shaped magnetic fields, especially those with hidden symmetry, and the control of this shaping with electromagnetic coils. Of particular interest is the translation of equations and insights from physics into numerical codes for practical computation. Some examples of this work…

Kristie Lindsey
Business Manager
Jim-Felix Lobsien
Postdoctoral Associate
Joaquim Loizu
Associate Research Scientist
(Co-Investigator)

Dr. Joaquim Loizu is a theoretical plasma physicist and lecturer at the Swiss Plasma Center of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. 

He received his PhD at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (2013) in theoretical plasma physics. He then joined the Max-Planck-Princeton Center for Fusion and Astrophysical Plasmas,…

Robert MacKay
Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research
(Founding Investigator)

Robert MacKay FRS CPhys FInstP CMath FIMA is a Professor in the Mathematics Institute of the University of Warwick and Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research at Warwick. He was founding Director of Warwick’s Centre for Complexity Science from 2007-15 and President of the (UK) Institute of Mathematics and its…

Dhairya Malholtra
Postdoctoral Associate
Nick McGreivy
Graduate Student
James Meiss
Professor of Applied Mathematics
(Founding Investigator)

Professor Meiss is an applied mathematician and theoretical physicist specializing in dynamical systems theory (Hamiltonian dynamics, the transition to chaos and the theory of transport).  After receiving a PhD in 1980 in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley, he was a research scientist at the Institute for Fusion Studies from…

Harry Mynick
Principal Research Physicist
(Affiliate)

Harry Mynick is a Principal Research Physicist (emeritus) in the PPPL Theory Department. He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1996. His principal areas of expertise are in plasma transport, particularly in 3-dimensional toroidal systems, energetic particle dynamics, and canonical mechanics, and has been a pioneer in the…

Michael O’Neil
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
(Co-Investigator)

Mike O’Neil is Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute at NYU. The main areas of his research include analysis-based fast algorithms, scientific computing, computational PDE and integral equations, and numerical analysis. Recently, O’Neil has been focused on constructing solvers for various problems in computational…

Elizabeth Paul
Postdoctoral Associate
(Affiliate)
Thomas Sunn Pedersen
Professor of Physics
(Co-Investigator)

Thomas Sunn Pedersen graduated with a M. Sc. degree in 1995  from the Technical University of Denmark. He then went to MIT (Cambridge, MA, USA) and graduated with a PhD in plasma physics in 2000. His thesis work focused on soft x-ray measurements and modelling of impurities in the Alcator C-Mod tokamak. He started as a faculty in the Department…

Alkesh R Punjabi
Professor and Director of Center for Fusion Research
(Affiliate)
Zhisong Qu
Postdoctoral Fellow
(Affiliate)
Allan Reiman
Principal Research Physicist
(Affiliate)

Allan Reiman is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and a Lecturer with Rank of Professor at Princeton University. He was the head of the Plasma Configuration Design Group for the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) from 1997 to 2000.  He was Interim Head of the PPPL Theory Department…

Gareth Roberg-Clark
Post Doctoral Fellow
(Affiliate)
James Robinson
Professor of Mathematics
(Co-Investigator)
José Luis Rodrigo
Professor of Mathematics
(Co-Investigator)
Eduardo Rodriguez
Graduate Student
(Affiliate)
Wrick Sengupta
Associate Research Scholar

My research explores the magnetic confinement of plasmas in various geometries. I use asymptotic methods to understand the interaction of nonlinearities and geometric factors in confined plasmas. Of particular interest to me is the study of magnetic fields with a hidden symmetry that hold promise for next generation stellarators. I am also…

Donald Spong
Theoretical/Computational Plasma Physicist
(Affiliate)

Donald Spong is a member of the Plasma Theory and Modeling Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and an unfunded collaborator in the “Simons Finding Optimum Magnetic Fields with Hidden Symmetries” project. His interests are in energetic particle confinement/instabilities in stellarators, and in 3D design optimization. Don was involved…

Georg Stadler
Associate Professor of Mathematics
(Founding Investigator)

Georg Stadler is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Before joining New York University in 2014, he was a research scientist at the Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences at UT Austin. His research interests are in PDE-constrained Optimization, Computational…

Eve Stenson
Postdoctoral Fellow
(Affiliate)
Florian Wechsung
Post Doctoral Fellow
(Affiliate)