Mauel Receives Fusion Power Associates 2020 Leadership Award

Dec 18 2020

Michael E. Mauel, Professor of Applied Physics, received the 2020 Leadership Award from the Fusion Power Associates (FPA) for his outstanding leadership qualities.

The FPA Board recognized the leadership he has provided over several decades to both the scientific community and to national fusion program strategic evaluation and planning efforts. In particular, the Board made note of Prof. Mauel’s significant role as co-chair of the National Academies 2018 study, A Strategic Plan for U.S. Burning Plasma Research, that proposed “the United States should start a national program of accompanying research and technology leading to the construction of a compact pilot plant that produces electricity from fusion at the lowest possible capital cost.”

Since 1980, the FPA Leadership Award has been given annually to "persons who have shown outstanding leadership qualities in accelerating the development of fusion as a commercial power source." Professor Mauel follows in the footsteps of Professor Gerald Navratil, who won the same award in 2006.