Dr. William M. TangDirector, Fusion Simulation Program, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory & Lecturer with Rank & Title of Professor, Astrophysical Sciences Department & Member of the Executive Board for the Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering, Princeton University
Dr. William Tang of Princeton University is the Director of the Fusion Simulation Program at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (the U.S. DoE national lab for fusion energy research), Lecturer with Rank & Title of Professor in the Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, and a member of the Executive Board for the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering – an interdisciplinary computational science institute which he helped establish as Associate Director (2005-2011). He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and received the Chinese Institute of Engineers-USA Distinguished Achievement Award “for his outstanding leadership in fusion research and contributions to fundamentals of plasma science” (Oct. 2005). He is internationally recognized for his leading role in developing the mathematical formalism as well as associated computational applications dealing with electromagnetic kinetic plasma behavior in complex geometries, and has well over 200 publications – with more than 150 peer-reviewed papers and an “h-index” or “impact factor” of 42 on the Web of Science, including over 5500 total citations. He has also been a key contributor to teaching and research training for over 30 years at Princeton University and has supervised numerous successful Ph.D. students, including recipients of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000 and 2005. He is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of a multi-institutional DOE INCITE Project on “Kinetic Simulations of Fusion Energy Dynamics at the Extreme Scale” (2013-2015) and also the U.S. PI for the G8 Research Council’s “Exascale Computing for Global Scale Issues” Project in Fusion Energy “NuFuSE” [http://www.nu-fuse.com/] (2011-2014).-- an international HPC collaboration involving the US, UK, France, Germany, Japan, and Russia – with associated access to international supercomputing systems.