Associate Professor Scott Baalrud will join the U-M Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences on January 1, 2021. Baalrud’s research concerns the theoretical foundations of plasma physics, with a focus on kinetic theory. It connects with several applications, including high energy density plasmas, low temperature plasmas, and magnetic reconnection.
Baalrud is currently an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Iowa. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving B.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Mathematics (2006), followed by a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics (2010). Baalrud was a DOE Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New Hampshire and a Feynman Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Baalrud’s research and teaching accomplishments have been acknowledged by the Hershkowitz Early Career Award (2018), the University of Iowa’s Distinguished Mentor Award (2016), and Early Career Scholar of the Year Award (2017). He is actively engaged in the APS Division of Plasma Physics, having served as a co-chair of the APS-DPP community planning process, as member at large of the executive committee, as topical group chair of the program committee, as chair of the Dawson prize committee, and as a member of the fellowship selection committee. Recently, Baalrud was awarded the “Thomas H. Stix Award” from the American Physical Society.