Robert Kaita holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Rutgers University. He is currently Principal Research Physicist in the Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton University. He is Head of Plasma Diagnostic Operations and Deputy Head of Boundary Physics for the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX), and Co-Principal Investigator for the Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX). Both NSTX and LTX are used for controlled thermonuclear fusion research. He has nearly 300 publications in nuclear and plasma physics. Dr. Kaita has also supervised the research of nearly twenty students in the plasma physics graduate program of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the American Physics Society.