Professor Chan Choi joined the faculty of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in 1983. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Singing Jesuit College, Seoul, Korea, and his Master’s and PhD in Physics from Southern Illinois University. Before coming to Purdue, he was a faculty at the University of Illinois (U of I) at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Nuclear Engineering teaching and doing research in controlled thermonuclear fusion. He also served as Assistant Director for the Fusion Studies Laboratory at U of I and as a detailee in the U. S. Department of Energy (DoE) at the Development and Technology Division in the Office of Fusion Energy.
Prof. Choi’s research is focused on fusion plasma engineering in magnetic and inertial confinement fusion, in particular, in advanced-fuel fusion for field-reversed configurations, hydrodynamic response for imploding target plasma stability, energetic charged fusion-products and radiation transport, and advanced-fuel fusion space propulsion. Recently, he has been actively engaged in research in nuclear nonproliferation as Co-PI in the large Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC), which has been funded by the DoE/NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration).
Prof. Choi has been the recipient of the Best Teacher Award several times in the School of Nuclear Engineering, was a co-recipient of the Seeds for Success Award at the Excellence in Research Banquet (2015), and led the nuclear engineering senior design team (NE450) to a first place title at the national competition in the American Nuclear Society (2014).