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Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Head of Advanced Projects


Schmidt has more than 32 years of experience in technical management, including more than 24 years organizing and managing the design phase of large fusion energy experiments. In 1997, he served as Interim Director of PPPL during a six-month search for a new Director. During his career at the Laboratory, he was Head of the Advanced Projects Department from 1996 to 2005, Project Director of the Tokamak Physics Experiment from 1992_1995, Head of the Applied Physics Division for eight years, served as a consultant on the International Atomic Energy Agency for three years, and was Project Manager and Project Director of several experiments. Schmidt received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from South Dakota State University in 1962, and a master's in physics in 1964 and a Ph.D. in physics in 1969, both from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was named a Distinguished Engineer by South Dakota State University.