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Professor Mehlhorn named Fellow of the American Nuclear Society

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Tom Mehlhorn, U-M Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) adjunct professor, has been named a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

The honored membership grade of fellow is awarded to ANS members for outstanding accomplishment in any one of the areas of nuclear science and engineering. The honor of receiving the highest membership grade of the Society is reserved for senior members of good reputation who have compiled a professional record of experience marked by significant contribution to the advancement of one or more of the various disciplines served by the society.

Mehlhorn was recognized by the ANS for “For scientific leadership in developing predictive simulation tools, discriminating diagnostics, and validation experiments, leading to major advances in the generation and application of pulsed power-driven intense ion and electron beams and Z-pinches for nuclear fusion, nuclear science and defense missions.”

Mehlhorn received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from NERS, and has served on the NERS External Advisory Board. Before becoming an adjunct professor within the department, he served as head of the Plasma Physics Division at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. Mehlhorn is currently a member of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering (MIPSE) and this upcoming school year he will lecture in a new graduate-level special topics course (NERS 590) on pulsed-power for HEDP, HPM, and fusion applications.

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