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Carl E. Wagner

Dr. Carl Wagner has earned a listing in Who's Who in the Frontiers of Science and Technology, an apt description of his multi-faceted work as a scientist. He is a Plasma Physicist, specializing in the effort to achieve and harness controlled fusion with its promise of boundless energy. He is at the same time a Computational Physicist, creating and designing the computer models as a base for controlling and understanding that strange world inside the atom, where nothing is ever at rest and the rules of classical physics no longer apply.

Dr. Wagner received his baccalaureate degree fro M.I.T. in 1961. He worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at M.I.T. for seven years. From 1969 to 1975 he worked as a staff physicist at the US Naval Research Laboratory, developing the first electroinductive plasma simulation model as well as on high-altitude nuclear effects simulations, relativistic electron beams, astrophysics, and tokamak plasma simulation. It was during his tenure at the Naval Research Laboratory that Dr. Wagner received his doctorate from M.I.T. in 1970.

From 1975 to 1981, Dr. Wagner was Senior Scientist at Science Applications, Inc. Here he developed the MAKI fusion reactor simulation code and worked extensively on fusion reactor simulations, relativistic electron beams, and free electron lasers.

From 1981 to 1984, Dr. Wagner was Chief Physicist at INESCO, Inc. Here he was responsible for all physics-related aspects of the Riggatron fusion reactor design, that being the first practical design of a fusion ignition experiment and the predecessor of the Compact Ignition Tokomak, the fusion reactor being developed at Princeton University.

From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Wagner served as senior Physicist at TRW. Here, he was project manager on studies of RF Heating of Plasmas, the Design of a Demountable Toroidal Fusion Core, and on Physics Support for the TIBER experimental fusion reactor design studies, free electron masers for tokamak heating and current drive, and on the physics of isotope separation in the TRW Plasma Separation Process.

From 1987 to 1989, Dr. Wagner served as Principal Scientist in JAYCOR'S Expert Systems group, serving as principal investigator on a project to develop a "Gaming to attack Relocatable Targets" for the Air Force's Ballistic Missile Office.

Presently Dr. Wagner is Senior Physicist at Science Application International Corporation. To his impressive range of scientific investigations Dr. Wagner has authored numerous technical reports. Overall he has made significant contributions in the fields of fusion reactor design, computational physics, theoretical plasma physics, astrophysics, free-electron masers, isotope separation, and artificial intelligence. He is a member of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society, and Fusion Power Associated. In addition to his listing in Who's Who in the Frontiers of Science and Technology, he is listed in Who's Who in the World.

Dr. Wagner has been an avid chess player from early youth. While in college he competed in and won the US Intercollegiate Chess Championship. Since then, he has won many other tournaments. Presently, he is designated by the u.S. Chess Federation as a Senior Master, the highest ranking an American chess player can achieve.

In addition to his scientific contributions and his excellence in chess, Dr. Wagner has also performed internationally as a member of several folk dance ensembles. Dr. Wagner is married to the former Barbara J. Carter and they have two children, Laura and David.


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