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2020 USBPO Council Election Candidates


BPO Nomination Subcommittee:

G. McKee, University of Wisconsin-Madison (chair),

M. Austin, University of Texas-Austin,

T. Biewer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory,


Candidates for BPO Council:

Dr. Emily Belli is a research scientist in the Turbulence and Transport Branch in the Theory and Computational Science Division at General Atomics. She received her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 2006. She was a postdoctoral fellow at GA prior to joining as a scientific staff member in 2009. Her research focuses on analytic and numerical studies of neoclassical and gyrokinetic plasma transport in tokamaks. She is the lead developer of the NEO code and co-developer of the CGYRO code. She has previously served on the Sherwood Fusion Theory Executive Committee and currently serves on the APS Committee on Membership.

Dr. Alex Creely is a scientist at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), working on the physics and engineering design of SPARC, a high-field, compact, net-energy tokamak. He completed his PhD in Applied Plasma Physics in February 2019, working at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC). His PhD work focused on the construction of correlation electron cyclotron emission (CECE) diagnostics for Alcator C-Mod and ASDEX Upgrade, and the comparison of electron temperature fluctuation measurements with gyrokinetic and gyrofluid simulations using GENE and TGLF. In addition to MIT, during his PhD Alex spent time working at both the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany and the Large Helical Device at the National Institute for Fusion Science in Japan.

Dr. Diane R. Demers is founder and CEO of Xantho Technologies, a company developing and applying innovative diagnostic and subsystem solutions for fusion energy sciences. She is an internationally recognized expert of ion beam diagnostics, leading experimental collaborations with the Madison Symmetric Torus at the University of Wisconsin; DIII-D at General Atomics; Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL; and W7-X at the Max Planck Institute, Germany. Her research interests include study of fluctuations, particle flux, fields, and flows. She is a member of the DoE Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC); was a FESAC Committee of Visitors member; has served twice on the APS‑DPP Program Committee, and multiple times on the DoE National Undergraduate Fellowship Program on Plasma and FES Committee. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis in experimental plasma science, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). During a career spanning the academic, large-corporate, and small business sectors, she has worked within energy, space, and defense industries. In addition to Xantho, she has held positions as a Research Assistant Professor at RPI; a visiting researcher on TEXT-U at UT-Austin; and a scientist at TRW Space and Defense Sector.

Dr. Dmitri Orlov is an Associate Project Scientist with the Center for Energy Research at the University of California San Diego where he performs research on the Resonant Magnetic Perturbations for ELM suppression, plasma response to external magnetic fields, and effects of 3D fields on pedestal structure and transport. After graduating with B.S. and M.S degrees with Honors from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His PhD thesis has been cited more than 150 times. He worked at the US Air Force Academy before joining the UC San Diego. He currently performs computational and experimental research at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility tokamak and is also involved in research collaborations at KSTAR, EAST, AUG, NSTX and ITER. Previously, he performed research to understand the heat and particle fluxes in DIII-D and ITER. He is a member of the US Transport Task Force Executive Committee leading the Transport in 3D Fields working group. He is chair of the UCSD CER Diversity and Outreach committees and is involved in outreach programs. He has authored and co-authored more than 45 refereed journal papers including Physical Review letters and presented multiple invited talks at domestic and international conferences. 

Dr. Gregory M. Wallace is a research scientist at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. His research focuses on the use of radio frequency (RF) waves for plasma heating and current drive on a variety of tokamaks, past (Alcator C-Mod), present (WEST, EAST), and future (CFETR, FNSF). Dr. Wallace holds a PhD in Applied Plasma Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (‘09) and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (‘03). He is the outgoing topical group leader for the USBPO Plasma-Wave Interaction group and former deputy leader for the same. Dr. Wallace is a pioneer in the field of remote plasma physics via Zoom, having two years of experience working out of his home in Seattle prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.




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