Bill Dorland graduated with a B.S. in physics (special and highest honors) from the University of Texas in 1988, and received his Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 1993. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1993, after completing a course of study focused on international science policy. He won the 2009 E. O. Lawrence Medal of the Department of Energy for his work on the theory and simulations of turbulence in nuclear fusion reactors. He is a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, and served as Director of the Honors College for six years. He works in plasma theory and computational physics.