Professor Nathaniel Fisch is Associate Director for Academic Affairs at PPPL, and Professor of Astrophysical Sciences and the Director of the Program in Plasma Physics at Princeton University.
His professional interests include: plasma physics with applications to nuclear fusion, astrophysics, plasma-based pulse compression, plasma thrusters, plasma processing, laser-based plasma accelerators, and atomic radiation in plasmas; complex liquids and continuum electro-hydrodynamics; petroleum refining; and statistical inference and pattern recognition.
A Fellow of the American Physical Society and a former Guggenheim Fellow, Prof. Fisch was the recipient of the EO Lawrence Award, the American Physical Society (APS) Maxwell Prize, the APS Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics, the European Physical Society (EPS) Hannes Alfvén Prize, and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Bronze Medal for Outstanding Mentor.
Prof. Fisch studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was an MIT National Scholar, earning his B.S. degree in 1972, his M.S. degree in 1975, and his Ph.D. degree in 1978.