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Columbia University
Department of Applied Physics
fusion, technology and policy, Plasma physics and fusion energy


Michael Mauel is Professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University. He served as Chair of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics from 2000-2006. His current research interests include the development of feedback techniques to control tokamak instabilities, the study of interchange instabilities in rotating plasma confined by a strong dipole magnet, and the co-supervision of the superconducting levitated dipole experiment (LDX) being built at MIT. Professor Mauel was educated at MIT receiving his B.S. in 1978 and his Sc.D. in 1983. While at MIT, he was awarded the Fortesque Fellowship from the IEEE and the Guillemin prize. Dr. Mauel conducted post-doctoral research at MIT before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 1985. At Columbia, he focused on high-beta tokamak research and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1989. Dr. Mauel collaborated extensively with the TFTR research team, and he was a visiting scientist at DIII-D in 1994. At Columbia University, he built experimental programs in electron cyclotron plasma processing in collaboration with IBM and laboratory space physics with the support of NASA and the AFOSR. In 1994, Mauel was named Teacher of the Year at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and, in 2000, he received the Rose Prize for Excellence in Fusion Engineering from the Fusion Power Association. Dr. Mauel is a fellow of the APS, and he recently served as Chair of the APS Division of Plasma Physics. During the 2006-07 academic year, Dr. Mauel was awarded a Jefferson Science Fellowship. Mauel served in the Office of International Energy and Commodity Policy assisting U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote energy security. Besides reporting on energy technology developments, Mauel was a member of the team supporting the U.S. G8 Foreign Affairs Sous Sherpa at Heiligendamm, provided support for U.S. diplomatic activities involving the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), and was a member of Assistant Secretary Daniel Sullivan's delegation of during his energy and economic partnership consultations in Azerbaijan and Turkey. During his final month of his Jefferson Science Fellowship, Mauel was located at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara supporting economic, energy, and science cooperation.