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William D. Dorland

Dorland, William D.

Professor of Physics
Director, University Honors Program
3325 A.V. Williams

Research Interests: 

Professor Dorland's research is generally in the area of turbulence in magnetized plasmas, with a recent emphasis on developing and understanding realistic nonlinear gyrokinetic simulations of electromagnetic plasma turbulence.


Professor Dorland received a B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1988, a M.S. of public affairs from Princeton in 1993, and a Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton in 1993.  After working at the Institute for Fusion Studies in Austin for four years, he moved to Maryland in 1998.

Honors and Awards: 

Professor Dorland was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics, in 2005.   He was awarded the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 2009 and the University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award in 2010.

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