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Los Alamos National Laboratory researcher Luis Chacon wins Lawrence Prize – Los Alamos Reporter


Luis Chacon of the Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory is the recipient of the prestigious Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for 2021. He was selected for his fundamental contributions in multi-scale algorithms for fluid, kinetic and dynamic simulation. hybridization of plasmas, enabling scientific breakthroughs magnetic reconnection and self-organization in magnetic fusion systems, and reactivity degradation in inertial fusion systems.

“Luis’ computational physics algorithms have played a pivotal role in helping researchers better understand fusion processes and are critical to the lab’s mission,” said lab director Thom Mason. “The EO Lawrence Award is the Department of Energy’s premier recognition for mid-career scientists and engineers, and I congratulate Luis on this achievement.”

Chacon will receive the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC in September.

“This award is an incredible honor conferred on me and, beyond my specific research contributions, it more broadly reflects the excellent opportunities and engaging research environment that the Laboratory offers its early and late-stage scientists. mid-career,” Chacon said.

About Chacon

Luis Chacon is a member of the research staff in the Applied Mathematics and Plasma Physics Group of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his MS in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1994, and his MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He also obtained a doctorate in industrial engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 2001.

After graduating, he joined the theoretical division of Los Alamos as a director’s postdoctoral fellow in 2000 and became a staff member in 2002. He then joined the fusion energy division at the National Laboratory of Oak Ridge from 2008 to 2012 and returned to Los Alamos in 2012.

His research contributions combine applied mathematics and plasma physics, with applications to basic plasmas, magnetic confinement fusion and inertial confinement fusion. He is active in both the applied scientific computing research and DOE fusion energy science communities.

About the price

The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Prize was established in 1959 to honor the memory of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, inventor of the cyclotron – a subatomic particle accelerator – and recipient of the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics. Lawrence also played a leading role in the creation of the United States National Laboratory System and has two national laboratories named in his honor.

The award is presented by the U.S. Secretary of Energy, recognizing mid-career U.S. scientists and engineers for outstanding scientific, technical, and engineering achievements related to DOE’s broad missions. The prize is among the most prestigious science and technology awards of the US government. Learn more about the award here.