Immersive, Hands-On Fusion Engineering Experience.
A RESEARCH LAB POWERED BY STUDENTS
Building skills from vacuum engineering to community outreach.
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH & DESIGN
The Vanderbilt Fusion Project enables our members to explore their engineering, physics, and applied science passions outside of the classroom through a first-principles approach to research and system development.
We encourage out-of-the-box thinking, strategic design, and an innovative approach to problem-solving.
HANDS-ON FABRICATION & TESTING
We enable team members to develop real-world fabrication and testing skills. From welding to machining to rapid prototyping, the Vanderbilt Fusion Project is dedicated to developing life-long skills for our members.
We additionally empower our members to gain unparalleled experience with "exotic" engineering fields, including ultra-high vacuum engineering, high-voltage electrical systems, and integrated machine controls.
The Mechanical Systems team executes our vacuum and flowing gas system engineering program. Their focus areas include the vacuum chamber, vacuum foreline and pumps, deuterium mass flow control, and safety controls.
Vacuum & Gas Systems
The Electrical & Controls Systems team oversees our high-voltage power supply, system circuitry, machine controls, and control interfaces. They also build data collection and analysis systems.
Electrical & Control Systems
The Computational Physics Team leverages the ground-truth data collection capabilities of our fusion system to develop and train plasma models and fusion controls. They're building a revolutionary machine learning control system for the platform.
The Advanced Concepts team applies the fusion device as an adaptable test platform for new technologies. Their work includes developing electromagnetic energy sources, direct-beam particle accelerators, and custom materials.
Our System Teams
A Complete Fusion Test Platform. Innovation that Inspires.