Thomas J Dolan

Thomas J Dolan
Thomas J Dolan
  • Adjunct Professor

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  • Doctorate of Philosophy, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1970
  • Masters of Science, Nuclear Engineering, University of Illionis at Urbana-Champaign, 1965
  • Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1961

Academic Positions

  • Guest Professor, Seoul National University, summer, 2018
  • Guest Lecturer, National Nuclear Research University, Moscow June 2014
  • Guest Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department, Seoul National University, Korea, Fall 2011
  • Guest Professor, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India, Fall 2010
  • Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Arkansas Tech University, 2009-2010
  • Guest Professor, Southwests Institute of Physics , Chengdu, China, Summer 2009
  • Guest Professor, Institute for Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, summer-fall 2008
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois, 2007 – present
  • Guest Professor, Engineering Physics Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, Spring 2006
  • Guest Professor, National Institute for Fusion Sciences (NIFS), Toki, Japan, 2003 - 2004
  • Visiting Professor, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan 1977-78 (sabbatical leave)
  • Summer faculty, INRS-Energie, Universite du Quebec, 1972-1973
  • Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1971-1989
  • Novosibirsk State University and Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, USSR (postdoc)

Other Professional Employment

  • Head, Physics Section, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria, 1995-2001
  • Consulting Scientist, Idaho National Laboratory, 1989-2006
  • Principle Project Physicist, Phillips Petroleum Company 1984-1985
  • Assistant Engineering Officer, USS BARRY, DD-933 (US Navy) 1961-1963

Resident Instruction

  • NPRE 421 Plasma and Fusion Sciences, 2007-2013

Research Interests

  • low energy nuclear reactions
  • nuclear fusion technology
  • molten salt fission reactors
  • liquid fuel thorium reactors

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Chapters in Books

  • T. J. Dolan, "Nuclear Fusion", Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology (Springer Verlag, 2015).

Selected Articles in Journals

  • T. J. Dolan, (2012) Lithium deuteride / lithium tritide pellet injection, Fusion Science and Technology 61, 240- 247.
  • T. J. Dolan, "Influence of scrap-off layer on plasma confinement", Physics of Plasmas 18, 032509 (2011)
  • T. J. Dolan, K. Yamazaki, and A. Sagara, "Helical fusion power plant economics studies," Fusion Science and Technology 47, 60-72 (2005)
  • T. J. Dolan, review article, "Magnetic electrostatic plasma confinement," Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion 36, 1539-1593 (1994).

Other Honors

  • Nobel Peace Prize (awarded to the International Atomic Energy Agency, of which I was one of 2000 members) (2005)

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