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Don Monticello

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     Dr. Monticello received his BS degree from the University of Rochester in1963. He then taught courses in nuclear physics, nuclear fission, thermodynamics and heat transfer and fluid flow at the US Naval Nuclear Power School. He received his Ph.D. under Professor A. Simon from the University of Rochester in 1973 in analytic magnetohydromagnetic fluid calculations. He was a postdoctoral fellow under Marshall Rosenbluth at the Institute for Advanced Studies. There, he and coworkers were among the first to do large scale computations of magnetohydromagnetic fluids. In 1975 he began work at Princeton University's Plasma Physics Laboratory. At PPPL he has done research on the resistive evolution of tokamak plasma, including, modeling of sawteeth and disruptions. He helped pioneer the development of the "reduced equations" approach to modeling of tokamaks which proved very useful in an era of limited computer resources. He holds the rank of Principal Research Physicist and is currently doing work in three dimensional computation of laboratory plasmas. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and a Guest Foreign Professor at the National Institute of Fusion Studies at Nagoya University, Japan. He is a recipient of the 2001 UT-Battelle Award for Scientific Research by a Team for research on the physics of plasma confinement in three-dimensional systems, leading to the development of the Quasi-Poloidally Symmetric Stellarator concept. He is the author of 140 papers in the area of plasma


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