Dr. Joseph Minervini

Dr. Joseph Minervini Assistant Director and Division Head for Technology and Engineering, PSFC

Paul Rivenberg

Dr. Joseph Minervini appointed as Assistant Director of PSFC


Senior Research Engineer and Division Head Dr. Joseph Minervini, will serve as Assistant Director of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center beginning November 1, 2015. He joins PSFC leadership comprised of Professor Dennis Whyte (Director), Dr. Martin Greenwald (Deputy Director), and Dr. Richard Temkin (Associate Director).

“Dr. Minervini brings internationally acknowledged expertise in fusion and magnet technology to the PSFC directorship,” says Dennis Whyte, PSFC Director, on the appointment. “I am very enthusiastic about working with Joe in developing a strategic plan for the PSFC that advances and incorporates new technologies critically needed by fusion, and particularly in the field of advanced magnets using high-temperature superconductors.”

Dr. Minervini received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has conducted research at PSFC since 1984, has led the Fusion Technology and Engineering division of the PSFC since 1995, and became a Senior Research Engineer in 2000. His research has focused on advancing superconductor magnet technology for fusion, with over 125 peer-reviewed publications on the subject. In the 80’s and 90’s, Dr. Minervini led the development of magnet technology currently being used in the ITER fusion experiment. He holds a joint appointment as Senior Research Engineer in the Deparment of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT.

A leader in his field, Dr. Minervini’s expertise in magnets is sought by a diverse set of research communities and projects including the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, the U.S. ITER Project Office, and the US Large Hadron Collider Accelerator Research Program. Recently he served on the National Research Council Committee to “Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States.” Since 2012 he has serve on the editorial board of Superconductor Science and Technology. In 2013 Dr. Minervini was awarded the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for “Continuing and Sustained Contributions in the Field of Applied Superconductivity.”

Dr. Minervini replaces Dr. Peter Catto, who served as Assistant Director since 2000. Dr. Catto will continue to the lead the Plasma Theory group at the PSFC. “I want to acknowledge Peter’s outstanding contributions to the PSFC during his 15 years as Assistant Director and his continued scientific and programmatic leadership in plasma theory,” says Dennis Whyte.

Topics: Technology & engineering, Plasma theory & simulation, Dennis Whyte, Peter Catto, Martin Greenwald, Joseph Minervini, Rick Temkin