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Logan was named director of the Heavy Ion Fusion Virtual National
Laboratory (VNL) in early March, succeeding Roger O. Bangerter,
who has retired. The Heavy Ion Fusion VNL is a collaborative venture
of the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories
and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.
a member of the Physics and Advanced Technologies Directorate at
Livermore, will be physically located at Lawrence Berkeley as he
leads "heavy ion driver development and related topics in the common
pursuit of inertial fusion energy (IFE)" and works "to promote more
rapid progress in the development of heavy ion drivers through technical
management integration of the laboratories' scientific staff, equipment,
and experimental facilities."
has worked in all parts of the U.S. fusion program. He was involved
with both magnetic mirrors and tokamaks in Livermore's Magnetic
Fusion Energy program and received the E. O. Lawrence Award in 1980
for coinventing the tandem mirror. He joined the Laser Directorate
in 1992, where he worked in support of the National Ignition Facility
and on heavy ion and laser IFE.
Dooher, an engineer in Livermore's Environmental Protection Department,
is the first Laboratory employee to be selected for a National Academy
of Engineering fellowship. He will spend a year in the nation's
capital learning about and shaping science policy.
Dooher has been a key force behind GeoTracker, a geographic information
system and database that provides online environmental data for
tracking regulatory information about underground fuel tanks, fuel
pipelines, and public drinking water supplies. The data are contributed
by regulatory agencies and are used by both researchers and regulators
to study groundwater contamination in California, in particular,
contamination from MTBE that has leaked out of underground fuel
Washington assignment is a fitting one for Dooher, who has a broad
base of experience in many fields and disciplines. Likewise, his
academic credentials include undergraduate and master's degrees
in thermal systems and power plant design and a Ph.D. in probabilistic
risk and systems analysis.
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