Prof. Anne E White

Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Research Administration
School of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Magnetic Confinement Fusion
Tokamak (Fusion) Experiments
Plasma Physics
Plasma Turbulence and Turbulence Driven Transport
Plasma Diagnostics
Remote Sensing and Detection of Radiation
Nuclear Fusion

Research Summary

Professor White's research focuses on magnetic fusion energy (MFE). Her work has included research in diagnostic development, turbulence and transport physics, and transport model validation on four tokamaks; Alcator C-Mod, ASDEX Upgrade, DIII-D, and NSTX-U. At MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Prof White had served as Assistant Division Head for MFE Collaborations and ran the Gyrokinetic Simulation Working Group, and the Alcator C-Mod Transport Group. She currently sits on the federal advisory board, Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC), and serves as Chair. She helped write the 2018 FESAC Report “Transformative Enabling Capabilities for Efficient Advance Toward Fusion Energy” and the recent 2021 FESAC Report “Powering the Future: Fusion and Plasmas. The reports define the role of fusion as a transformative technology and and lay out strategic actions and recommendations for the future of the US fusion program. Anne was recently one of a select group of speakers to attend a White House Summit on a Bold Decadal Vision for Fusion Energy.

The associate provost and associate vice president for research administration oversees Research Administration Services, Research Administration Systems and Support, and Research Development. Professor White also oversees the Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT), which includes the Technology Licensing Office, Corporate Relations, and OSATT Core. The associate provost and associate vice president for research administration engages with Task Force 2021 and Beyond to advance its recommendations as well as with special projects of the provost.

Recent Work