Ned is an accomplished leader with decades of experience in fusion research and development. At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) for over 30 years, he developed and applied x-ray diagnostics and tomographic reconstructions to study MHD instabilities in tokamaks. At PPPL, he also managed computing and controls, research projects, and national and international collaborations. Ned also served as the Physics Manager on the US ITER Home Team and was a co-editor of the initial ITER Physics Basis. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory for over 10 years, he served as the Director of the US ITER Project Office, which executes the U.S. contribution to ITER design and manufacture under the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a Fellow of three professional societies: the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In IEEE-USA, he served as President, Vice-President for Technology Policy, and Chair of the Energy Policy Committee.

Ned earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s in nuclear engineering from MIT. He obtained his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University.