Prize Recipient

Mark HerrmannMark Christopher Herrmann
Princeton University


"With elegant use of analytical theory and computation, and insightful comparisons to experiment, this thesis lays the foundation for how radio frequency waves might cool fusion byproducts in a tokamak."


Mark Herrmann graduated cum laude from Washington University with a B.S. in physics, a B.S. in Applied Science, and a M.S. in Systems Science and Mathematics in 1991. After working for a year in the Submarine Technology Department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, he enrolled in the graduate program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University with the support of a fellowship from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. His thesis work, which was done under the direction of Professor Nathaniel Fisch, was completed in 1998. He is currently employed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (X-division) where he is researching inertial confinement fusion.

Selection Committee:

Linda Vahala (Chair), Walter Gekelman, Howard M. Milchberg (1999 Advisor), Cary B. Forest (Vice Chair), Scott E. Parker