William Tang, Princeton

William Tang is a Principal Research Physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory [the DOE national laboratory for Fusion Energy Research for which he served as Chief Scientist (1997-2009)], Lecturer with Rank & Title of Professor in the University’s Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, Plasma Physics Section, and member of the Executive Board for the University’s interdisciplinary “Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering (PICSciE),” which he helped establish and for which he served as Associate Director (2003-2009). 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 chaired the Basic Science Component of DOE’s Scientific Simulation Initiative (1997-98) which led to the establishment of DOE’s interdisciplinary Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Program (2000-present). He is internationally recognized for expertise in the mathematical formalism as well as associated computational applications dealing with electromagnetic kinetic plasma behavior in complex geometries, and has an “h-index” or “impact factor” of 45 on the Web of Science, including well over 7000 total citations. Prof. Tang has taught for over 30 years at Princeton U. and has supervised numerous Ph.D. students, including recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2000 and 2005.

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