Former PhD student R. Paul Drake is the 2017 recipient of the American Nuclear Society Edward Teller Medal. This medal is given for his seminal work in radiation hydrodynamics, hydrodynamics, and laser-plasma interactions, and for educational contributions, advancing fundamental high-energy-density physics and its applications to astrophysics.
The prize is sponsored by the Fusion Energy Division of the American Nuclear Society and recognizes pioneering research and leadership in the use of laser and ion-particle beams to produce unique high-temperature and high-density matter for scientific research and for controlled thermonuclear fusion. It was established in June 1999 and is funded by an endowment fund established by the Fusion Energy Division of ANS. They have approved the vote of the IFSA Awards Committee and have forwarded their approval to the American Nuclear Society for preparing the award.