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ANS announces new editor of Fusion Technology journal

The American Nuclear Society has appointed Nermin A. Uckan editor of the ANS technical journal, Fusion Technology (FT). This concludes a year-long search for a successor to founding editor George H. Miley, professor at the University of Illinois.

Fusion Technology is the leading source of information on theoretical research in and application of nuclear fusion technology and its potential use for energy in the future. It is published six times a year and contains peer-reviewed papers on the topic of fusion.

ANS President Dr. James Lake, who confirmed the appointment, stated, "We [ANS] are pleased that Dr. Uckan has accepted the position as head of our prestigious Fusion Technology journal. Her knowledge [of] and experience in fusion science and engineering are well-known and respected."

Dr. Uckan is senior scientist and program leader at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) Fusion Energy Division where she has worked for the past 25 years. As an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (UTK), Dr. Uckan has developed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in fusion physics, engineering and technology.

She received bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Istanbul, Turkey. As a NATO Scholar at the University of Michigan, she earned master's degrees in nuclear engineering, computer information and control engineering, and mathematics, and a doctorate in nuclear engineering.

An ANS member for 25 years, Uckan is an elected ANS Fellow and the recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award from ANS's Fusion Energy Division for her contributions to fusion science and engineering.

Fusion Technology was first published in January 1981 as part of Nuclear Technology/Fusion. It became the freestanding journal FT in 1984. Topics in the journal include plasma engineering, which became the bridge between fusion engineering and plasma physics. In 1996, FT expanded to include papers on fusion policy and planning issues. As Dr. Miley retires after being editor for more than 20 years, he stated, "Clearly the journal will be left in able hands, and I look forward to participating in the future as a reader and as an author."
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