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ORNL's Peng wins Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award

ORNL's Martin Peng, recipient of Fusion Power Associates' Leadership Award, explains an ITER fusion experiment diagram.
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 17, 2010 — Martin Peng, a researcher in the Fusion Energy Division of Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been selected by the Fusion Power Associates board of directors to receive a 2010 FPA Leadership Award.

The FPA Leadership awards have been given annually since 1980 to individuals who have shown outstanding leadership qualities in accelerating the development of fusion as an energy source.

The award will be presented at the Fusion Power Associates annual meeting and symposium to be held Dec. 1-2 in Washington, D.C.

The FPA board said Peng was recognized for the seminal contributions he has made to the evolution of the Spherical Torus concept, the leadership he is providing to the world effort in that area and to the identification and advocacy of its several potential contributions to fusion energy development.

Peng obtained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from National Taiwan University and a master's degree and doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University. He joined ORNL's Fusion Energy Division in 1974 after receiving his doctorate. Peng served a 10-year assignment at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory as the program director for the National Spherical Torus Experiment, leading the project through its construction and first seven years of experimental operation.

Peng is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Nuclear Society. He lives in Kingston with his wife, Michelle.

Fusion Power Associates is a non-profit tax-exempt research and educational foundation that provides information on the status of fusion development and other applications of plasma science and fusion research.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy's Office of Science.