Livia Casali
Core-Edge Integration Area Leader for the DIII-D tokamak
Assistant Professor and Zinkle Fellow, Nuclear Engineering Department, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (August 2021) or

Livia Casali is a staff scientist in the field of nuclear fusion research at General Atomics and the leader of the core-edge integration area for the DIII-D tokamak in San Diego.Her work is focused on the role of radiative divertor and impurity behavior to achieve high performance operating scenarios. She works on both experiments and computational modeling and she led the first impurity seeding experiments in the newly installed slot divertor at DIII-D investigating the new findings with cutting-edge diagnostics and state-of-the-art computational tools. Her research has been highlighted by the US Department of Energy and featured in journal papers. She was also awarded the DIII-D Science Director Special Prize for an Exceptional Invited talk at the American Physics Society Conference APS-DPP in 2019. Dr. Casali is an expert member of the International tokamak physics activity in support of ITER and recently joined the executive committee for the US transport task force. Dr. Casali studied nuclear and subnuclear physics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy, and at the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, Germany.  She received her PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching and the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. For her PhD work, she was awarded the EPS/PPCF Prize at the European Physics Society Conference. From the Italian Physics Society she received the award for highly proficient scientific activity entitled to “Pietro Blaserna,” the founder of the Italian Physics Society.”