Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE/MP Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Fusion Technology and Nice Places Around the US


Dr. Richard Nygren


Sandia National Laboratories


Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-47, 3rd FL


Said Abdel-Khalik


This presentation gives an overview of the fusion nuclear technologies used in the components that surround the plasma in a magnetic fusion device. The last part of the presentation focuses on research activities on high heat flux testing and for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or ITER ongoing at Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. Nygren has worked at several national laboratories and at the University of California and his presentation includes some photos of places he has enjoyed hiking near these institutions as well as information on student programs at Sandia.


Dr. Richard Nygren received his B.S. from MIT and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has worked at the Westinghouse-Hanford Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, and UCLA. He joined Sandia National Laboratories in 1989, where he is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and manager of the Fusion Technologies Department. Dr. Nygren is the author of more than 100 journal publications, and holds numerous leadership positions in national and international advisory groups on fusion, including serving as the chair of the Engineering Sciences Topical Group of the US Burning Plasma Organization and the deputy chair of the US Virtual Laboratory for Technology, which both advise US DOE. He is also active in science education outreach in New Mexico, and is the former president of the New Mexico Academy of Science.


Refreshments will be served.