Scott E. Parker
Scott E. Parker is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His expertise is in theoretical and computational plasma physics and magnetic fusion theory.
He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990. In 1985 he received his B.S. in Nuclear Engineering and B.S. in Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Professor Parker’s Ph.D. thesis research focused on multiscale particle simulation methods for bounded plasmas. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was awarded a Regent’s Fellowship at University of California, Berkeley in 1985.
In 1990, he was awarded the Department of Energy Fusion Postdoctoral Fellowship, then later promoted to Staff Research Physicist, in the Theoretical Division at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. While at Princeton, Professor Parker developed the original ORB code - the first low-noise massively-parallel gyrokinetic simulation to show streamer eigenmode structure in turbulence driven by temperature gradients in toroidal geometry.
In 1997, He won a DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, Junior Faculty award. In 2008, he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He won the Oscar Buneman Award for Scientific Visualization of Plasmas in 2015. Professor Parker has published over 80 journal articles as of 2018.
He is currently on the Editorial Board of the MDPI Plasma journal. He has served as Director of the Center of Integrated Plasma Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently is Chair of the Fusion Energy Sciences Edge Coordinating Committee and recent Chair of the American Physical Society Dawson Award Selection Committee. Parker serves on the Department of Energy Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. He has published a book for non-scientists "Musician's Acoustics" that has sold over 1000 copies.
The focus of his current research is multiscale kinetic simulation methods and extreme scale computing applied tokamak edge turbulence and transport. Additionally, he is working on problems in quantum information science relevant to fusion plasma science, including the impact of quantum computing on nonlinear computational mathematics and direct numerical simulation of ultra-cold ion crystals.