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From ECE to Plasma Physics/Fusion Tech?

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I am currently doing my undergrad in electrical engineering and hope to specialize in power at the end of it. In short I am fascinated with energy and confronting the problem of the global energy crisis

Is it possible to switch from ece into r and d of fusion technology? I would love to get a PhD in plasma physics.

I have been specifically looking at University of Wisconsin which has a focus on fusion tech and applied physics rather than just experimental plasma physics.

Would I not be accepted due to my discipline since I am not formally taught in plasmas/nuclear physics in undergrad?
 

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I am currently doing my undergrad in electrical engineering and hope to specialize in power at the end of it. In short I am fascinated with energy and confronting the problem of the global energy crisis

Is it possible to switch from ece into r and d of fusion technology? I would love to get a PhD in plasma physics.

I have been specifically looking at University of Wisconsin which has a focus on fusion tech and applied physics rather than just experimental plasma physics.

Would I not be accepted due to my discipline since I am not formally taught in plasmas/nuclear physics in undergrad?
UW-Madison's Electrical Engineering department does plasma fusion research:

http://www.engr.wisc.edu/ece/ece-research-priorities-energy.html [Broken]

So do some faculty at University of Washington

https://www.aa.washington.edu/research/HITsi/index.html

And the University of Michigan:

http://mipse.umich.edu/

http://www-applied.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ [Broken]

Though most people come from physics, nuclear or aerospace engineering, some EE's work on plasma fusion too, so it's not impossible.
 
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