University of Wisconsin
Fusion Technology Institute

Gerald L. Kulcinski, Director Emeritus

Founded in 1971, the Fusion Technology Institute investigates and assesses technological problems posed by controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors. The education of graduate students provides research personnel for the national fusion program, industry, and educational institutions. The FTI has performed more than $70 million in research for federal, state and industrial organizations, graduated 167 Ph.D. candidates, and published over 60000 pages of reports. » mission statement

  • bargraph of FTI grads by year

    FTI Ph.D. Graduates

    The Fusion Technology Institute is host to the largest program in the United States for advanced degrees in fusion engineering. 167 Ph.D. candidates have been graduated to date.

  • view of MFE and IFE device

    MFE/IFE Energy Studies

    FTI personnel have been designing conceptual MFE and IFE power plants and experimental facilities since 1971, using both magnetic (40) and inertial (24) confinement.

  • FTI Professor and Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt FTI-designed lunar He3 miner

    Space and Lunar He3

    The UW FTI first identified lunar helium-3 fusion fuel in 1986. Adjunct Prof. Harrison H. Schmitt was the Moon's most recent visitor; he last co-taught Resources in Space in Spring 2004.

    • FTI IEC device in operation

      Inertial Electrostatic Confinement

      Goals of the FTI IEC program are to investigate advanced fuels and develop short-term non-electric applications of nuclear fusion.

    • Nuclear heating in ITER

      UW Neutronics Center of Excellence

      The UW NCOE is the recognized nationwide leader in neutronics, radiation shielding, activation, and radwaste management areas of research.


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    Fusion Technology Institute · University of Wisconsin · 439 Engineering Research Building · 1500 Engineering Drive
    Madison WI 53706-1609 ·  Telephone: (608) 263-2352 ·  Fax: (608) 263-4499 · Email: fti@engr.wisc.edu