Richard Hazeltine

Chair, Department of Physics; Research Scientist, Institute for Fusion Studies

University of Texas at Austin

Physics Department offices:      RLM 11.226

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Richard Hazeltine is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., 1964) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D., 1968). He spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton before joining the University of Texas in 1971. In 1980 he helped establish the Institute for Fusion Studies at Texas, and served for eleven years, beginning in 1991, as Institute Director. Hazeltine was appointed Chair of the Physics Department in 2009.

As a theoretical plasma physicist, Hazeltine has worked in transport theory, plasma stability theory and nonlinear fluid modeling. His scientific interests extend from plasma confinement to such topics as nonlinear dynamics and astrophysics. He is co-author of the books Plasma Confinement (with J. D. Meiss, 1992) and The Framework of Plasma Physics (with F. L. Waelbroeck, 1999). He has published about 140 papers on plasma physics and related topics.

Hazeltine was a Councilor of the American Physical Society (APS), Chair of the Division of Plasma Physics, Chair of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee for DOE and a member of the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Research Council. Previously on the editorial boards of Physical Review and The Physics of Fluids, Hazeltine served some 8 years as an Associate Editor of Reviews of Modern Physics. He is a Fellow of the APS and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Teaching: My teaching methods are based on what worked for me as a student.  They are very close to the methods described in the attached article from American Scientist.