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Princeton fusion researcher receives White House young scientists award. (Research).

President Clinton named 59 young researchers, including fusion scientist Zhihong Lin from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), recipients of the fifth annual Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, given out during an Oct. 24 ceremony at the White House.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.

Established by President Clinton in 1996, the award embodies the administration's high priority on producing outstanding scientists and engineers ready to contribute to all sectors of the economy.

Eight federal departments and agencies join annually to nominate the most meritorious young scientists and engineers who will broadly advance the science and technology that will be of the greatest benefit to fulfilling the agencies' missions.

'These Scientists Represent the Best'

"These extraordinarily gifted young scientists and engineers represent the best in our country," Clinton said. "Through their talent, ability and dedication, they will quicken the pace of discovery and put science and technology to work advancing the human condition as never before."

Concurrently, Energy Under Secretary Ernest Moniz presented Lin with DOE's Office of Science Early Career Award in Science and Engineering.

Both awards cited Lin for "performing advanced simulations with unprecedented realism and resolution leading to results demonstrating the positive impact of modern massively parallel computers and for outstanding contributions to improved understanding of plasma turbulence."

Lin's goals are to advance the physics understanding of transport processes in magnetically confined, high-temperature plasmas and to demonstrate the discoveries made possible by the application of modern, massively parallel computers in challenging areas of plasma physics research.

PPPL Chief Scientist William Tang said Lin "is an extraordinarily talented young physicist whose accomplishments have been of major benefit to plasma science and to Department of Energy programs in both fusion energy science and advanced scientific computing. I am confident that his performance will be even more impressive in the future and will help our field to both attract and retain bright young scientists."

Lin received a bachelor's degree in physics from Beijing University in China in 1989. He came to Princeton in 1990 as a graduate student and joined the PPPL research staff in 1997 after receiving a Ph.D degree in plasma physics from Princeton University in 1996.
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