Dr. Samuel Lazerson received a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach, FL) in 2002. He then studied dusty plasma physics under Dr. Heinz Weichen at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Samuel was awarded his Ph.D. Space Physics from the University of Alaska in 2010. His dissertation "Magnetic Reconnection as a Chondrule Heating Mechanism" explored magnetic reconnection in the proto-solar nebula as a mechanism for the formation of primordial solids of the solar system. He was then appointed a postdoctoral position at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory where he now holds the title of Stellarator Computational Physicist.
Dr. Lazerson currently works on the optimization of ideal MHD equilibrium which includes stellarator design, equilibrium reconstruction, and experimental design. He is the maintainer various stellarator computational tools including STELLOPT, FIELDLINES, TORLINES, and BEAMS3D. He has actively participated in experimental campaigns on LHD, DIII-D, and W7-X. He is currently working on development of stellarator reactor designs, error field studies on W7-X, and confinement of energetic particles in stellarators.