DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits Columbia's Plasma Physics Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar, along with Lane Genatowski, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary and President Donald Trump's nominee to be Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (APRA-E), and Kristen Ellis, chief of staff to Dabbar, visited Columbia University's Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics on April 9.

Under Secretary Paul Dabbar's visit included conversations with faculty, research scientists, and students. A highlight of the visit was the tour of Columbia's Plasma Physics Laboratory and the High Beta Tokamak-Extended Pulse (HBT-EP) research facility where students develop and test new technology to control magnetically confined plasma for fusion energy.

Under Secretary Paul Dabbar spoke of the importance of science and innovation to our nation's prosperity, security, and national competitiveness. Fusion energy research is one of seven R&D priorities for the U.S. DOE Office of Science.

The Honorable Paul Dabbar serves as the principal advisor on fundamental energy research, energy technologies, and science for the Department of Energy and is the lead for technology commercialization activities for the Department and its 17 national labs. Paul M. Dabbar, who worked on energy sector mergers and acquisitions for J.P. Morgan for more than 20 years, and graduated with an engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA from Columbia University.

Above (left-right): Among those meeting with the Under Secretary were: APAM Chair Irving Herman, Lane Genatowski, Under Secretary Paul Dabbar, Mike Mauel, SEAS Dean Mary Boyce, Steve Sabbagh, Gerald Navratil, Jeff Levesque, and Columbia Executive Vice President for Research Michael Purdy.

Below: Paul Dabbar and members of the Columbia Plasma Physics Laboratory

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