Gerald L. Kulcinski

Associate Dean for Research, Grainger Professor of Nuclear EngineeringDirector, Fusion Technology In

Room: 2630B
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 263-1601
Fax: (608) 262-6400
kulcinsk@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Gerald L. Kulcinski is currently the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Kulcinski is also the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering and the Director of the Fusion Technology Institute.  He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 and was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 1993 and the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010.  He served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009 and in 2008 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Department of Commerce on Emerging Technology and Research.  He has been a Fellow in the American Nuclear Society since 1978.

Professor Kulcinski conducted and directed research on the effects of radiation in metals while serving as a senior research scientist at the Battelle Northwest Laboratories from 1965 to 1971 and worked on the Nuclear Rocket Program at Los Alamos in 1963.  From 1965 to 1971 he was a Lecturer at the Center for Graduate Study in Richland, Washington.  Dr. Kulcinski joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1972.  He was a visiting scientist at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center in West Germany in 1977 and was on sabbatical leave at the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco in 1989 and 1995.

Education

  • BS Chemical Engineering 1961 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS Nuclear Engineering 1962 University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • PhD Nuclear Engineering 1965 University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Magnetic/inertial fusion reactor systems studies
  • Radiation damage and nuclear materials
  • Near term applications of fusion energy
  • Lunar mining of helium-3

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal (2010)
  • University of Wisconsin Hilldale Award-Physical Sciences (2009)
  • Department of Commerce Advisory Committee for Emerging Technology and and Research (2008-pres.)
  • NASA Advisory Council (2005-2009)
  • Big 10 Centennial Award-Wisconsin (1995)
  • Distinguished Faculty Award-Wisconsin Alumni Association (1994)
  • NASA Public Service Award (1993)
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (1993)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (1993)
  • Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award (1992)
  • John Randle Grumman Achievement Award (1987)
  • Grainger Chair of Nuclear Engineering (1984)
  • American Nuclear Society Outstanding Achievement Award-Controlled Thermonuclear Division (1980)
  • Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (1978)
  • Curtis W. McGraw Award-ASEE (1978)

Publications

Over 300 peer reviewed scientific articles

Over 300 conference papers and reports

Co-Author on 4 books

Links

Courses

Fall 2014-2015

  • NE 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis

  • NE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • NE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • EMA 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • NE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • NE 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • NE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • NE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • EMA 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • EMA 890 - Pre-Dissertator Research
  • NE 536 - Feasibility St of Power from Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion
  • NE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • NE 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • NE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • NE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • EMA 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • Secondary Contact

    433
    Engineering Research Building
    1500 Engineering Drive
    Madison, WI 53706

    Alt Ph: (608) 263-2308
    Alt Email: kulcinski@engr.wisc.edu

    Profile Summary

    Gerald L. Kulcinski is currently the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Kulcinski is also the Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering and the Director of the Fusion Technology Institute.  He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 and was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal in 1993 and the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2010.  He served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2005 to 2009 and in 2008 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Department of Commerce on Emerging Technology and Research.  He has been a Fellow in the American Nuclear Society since 1978.

    Professor Kulcinski conducted and directed research on the effects of radiation in metals while serving as a senior research scientist at the Battelle Northwest Laboratories from 1965 to 1971 and worked on the Nuclear Rocket Program at Los Alamos in 1963.  From 1965 to 1971 he was a Lecturer at the Center for Graduate Study in Richland, Washington.  Dr. Kulcinski joined the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin in 1972.  He was a visiting scientist at the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center in West Germany in 1977 and was on sabbatical leave at the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco in 1989 and 1995.


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