Dr. Ahmed Diallo is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), where he advances commercial fusion energy by identifying new R&D opportunity for accelerating fusion energy and by guiding and overseeing transformative research projects.
Before joining ARPA-E, Diallo worked at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) for 13 years. He served as Principal Research Physicist and the Head of the Advanced Diagnostics Development Division. During his tenure at PPPL, Diallo developed advanced lasers and other diagnostic techniques in support of microelectronics, quantum computing, high-energy-density plasmas, and magnetic fusion plasma research. He also served as the Deputy Director for the public-private Innovation Network for Fusion Energy partnership, where he planned, directed, and evaluated research activities in partnership with national labs, universities, and private industries. While at PPPL, Diallo was a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy's Early Career Research Program Award, was honored as a DOE Oppenheimer Fellow, and was named a PPPL Distinguished Research Fellow.
Prior to his time at PPPL, Diallo served as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and as a Post-Doctoral Scientist at the Swiss Plasma Center at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Iowa.