Congressman Edward J. Markey toured the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) on Feb. 5. Led by PSFC Director Miklos Porkolab and Alcator Project Head Earl Marmar, the representative of Massachusetts' seventh district was able to view the Alcator C-Mod tokamak and observe experiments being performed from the control room.
As chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Markey was open to learning about fusion’s potential as a future source of clean energy. The congressman also had time to see the Levitated Dipole Experiment, a new approach to magnetic fusion. The Congressman’s tour was arranged with the assistance of MIT alumnus Reiner Beeuwkes ’67.