Last week, two U.S. congressmen visited MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) to learn about fusion research at MIT and tour the Alcator C-Mod facility.
On Nov. 28, Rep. Chris Murphy of Connecticut took a tour of the C-Mod control room and cell, guided by PSFC director Miklos Porkolab, associate director Martin Greenwald and Alcator project head Earl Marmar.
On Dec. 3, Rep. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico visited the PSFC, touring the C-Mod control room and cell with Greenwald. Heinrich, who was trained as a mechanical engineer, represents the 1st Congressional District of New Mexico, which includes Sandia National Laboratory. He has a strong interest in clean-energy technology.
The goal of both visits was to explain to the representatives how MIT is contributing to the international quest for fusion power.
The Institute’s fusion experiment has hosted several U.S. senators and congressmen over the past several months during visits organized by MIT alumnus Reiner Beeuwkes.