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Ed Synakowski

Ed Synakowski serves as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of Wyoming, as well as professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Prior to joining UW in August 2017, Ed was Associate Director of Science for Fusion Energy Sciences in the U.S. Department of Energy where he was responsible for strategic planning for national programs, budget formulation and execution, project oversight, and was also instrumental in forging intra-agency partnerships and overseas collaborations, including collaborations with universities, private industry, and national labs. For his federal service, Ed was awarded the Secretary of Energy’s Meritorious Service Award in 2017. Ed is also an accomplished researcher in fusion and plasma physics, and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles over the course of his career. He's received awards for excellence in plasma physics research from Princeton University and the American Physical Society. VP Synakowski holds a Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the UK’s Institute of Physics.


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