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UCLA’s Prof. Mohamed Abdou received the 2016 Fusion Power Associates Distinguished Career Award, the most prestigious award in the nuclear fusion field. The award has been given annually since 1987 to individuals “who have made distinguished, life-long, career contributions to fusion development.” The award citation to Prof. Abdou reads “In selecting you, the Board recognizes the leadership and scientific contributions you have provided over many decades on the important issues associated with nuclear technologies for future fusion power plants. The Board especially notes the breadth of your many scientific contributions in such areas as neutronics, tritium behavior, and fusion fuel cycles and the leadership you have provided to the world effort on the design of tritium breeding blankets and to numerous fusion power plant studies.”

The award will be presented to Prof. Abdou in a ceremony on December 13, 2016 in Washington, D.C. which will be attended by international fusion leaders, representatives of the US Department of Energy and the Office of Science, and selected members of Congress.