Advances and Activities in Fusion Energy

Mickey Wade

Mickey Wade, PhD


Fusion Energy Division

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Monday, April 11, 2022

11:30 a.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel
401 W Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville
Price for lunch is $13 (includes complimentary parking in the hotel garage).
If you choose not to eat, a charge of $7 (covers parking and event arrangements).
The hotel is again providing the buffet luncheon we used to enjoy so much.

The meeting will be called to order at 11:55 a.m.


Over 30 years, Wade has written or co-written more than 300 publications and been involved in numerous fusion energy community activities. He was named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 for his outstanding contributions to burning plasma physics, impurity transport and the development of advanced tokamak scenarios.

Wade received a bachelor’s degree in nuclear science and engineering from Virginia Tech and masters and doctoral degrees in nuclear engineering from Georgia Tech.

Dr. Wade recently served as deputy director of Magnetic Fusion Energy for General Atomics and has extensive experience in fusion energy research, programmatic development and strategic planning. Under his leadership, the division is developing the understanding required for an attractive fusion energy source through domestic and international research collaborations, pursuing near-term applications to close the fusion fuel cycle and mitigate plasma disruptions, and developing solutions to materials and fusion nuclear science challenges presented by the harsh fusion environment. The organization also supports the Material Plasma Exposure eXperiment. As part of his role, he works closely with the U.S. ITER Project, which is based at ORNL.

In 15 years at General Atomics, Wade also served as the DIII-D national fusion program director and DIII-D experimental science director. From 1994-2005, he was a senior scientist at ORNL. He was also a leader in developing support and advocacy for ITER and served as co-chair of teh U.S. Magnetic Research Strategic Directions Community Workshops.

He will provide an engaging and accessible update on the many advances and activities underway now in fusion.

For more information contact the secretary, Wayne Loveday, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 865-679-9854.