Dr. Stephen Jardin obtained a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the Univ. of Calif. in 1970 (with highest honors, ΦΒΚ), a M.S. in Physics and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1973, and a PhD. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1976. He has been a Principal Research Physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory since 1985 and Lecturer with Rank of Professor in the Princeton University Astrophysics Department from 1986-2013. He is presently Head of the Computational Plasma Physics Group at PPPL, and Coordinator of the Macroscopic Equilibrium and Stability Group within the Theory Department.
He was the primary developer of several widely used MHD equilibrium, stability, and transport codes including the Tokamak Simulation Code (TSC), JSOLVER, and M3D-C1(With Nate Ferraro). He is the Principal Investigator and Director of the SciDAC "Center for Extended Magneto-hydrodynamic Modeling (CEMM)" which involves researchers from over 12 institutions. He holds 4 US Patents, and has had over 200 refereed publications in plasma physics, including one recent textbook. He has supervised 12 Princeton University PhD students.
He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1985. He has held group-leader positions in several fusion device design teams including those for S-1, PBX-M, CIT, BPX, TPX, and KSTAR. He was Physics Leader of the ARIES team from 1990-2006, and was a member of the poloidal field design team for ITER in the 90s. He is presently a member of the ITER ITPA group in MHD and a member of the Max-Plank Princeton Center for Plasma Physics.