• Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1966
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1963
  • B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1959

Research Areas

A computer-generated model of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor device.Background

Began at Tech in Fall 1977 as a Professor and Callaway Professor. Prior was Director of the Fusion Program and Associate Director of the Applied Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory.


Dr. Stacey's primary research interest is in plasma theory and the interpretation of plasma physics experiments. His current areas of focus are the physics of the tokamak edge pedestal and the physics of plasma rotation.

Another major focus is the development of the concept of sub-critical fast reactors with fusion neutron sources for the transmutation of the transuranics in spent nuclear fuel. Of particular interest are the fuel cycle analysis and the safety and dynamics aspects of this topic.


Fusion Energy Reactor Book Signing Talk

Errata for Nuclear Reactor Physics, 1st Edition (2001) [PDF]

Errata for Nuclear Reactor Physics, 2nd Edition (2007) [PDF]

Errata for Fusion Plasma Physics, (2005) [PDF]


  • Fusion Power Associates Distinguished Career Award, 2009
  • American Nuclear Society
    • Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physicist Award, 2003
    • Glenn T. Seaborg Medal, 2001
    • Outstanding Technical Accomplishment Award (Fusion), 1996
    • Outstanding Achievement Award (Fusion), 1981
    • Fellow, 1974
    • Outstanding Technical Publication (Reactor Physics), 1972
  • Department of Energy
    • Distinguished Associate Award, 1990
    • Certificate of Appreciation, 1982 and 1988
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    • Outstanding Faculty Research Author, 2003
    • Sigma Xi (Georgia Tech Chapter) Sustained Research Award, 1998
  • American Physical Society Fellow, 1988

Representative Publications

  • W. M. Stacey. 2010. Quest for a Fusion Energy Reactor: An Insider’s Account of the INTOR Workshop. Oxford University Press, New York.
  • W. M. Stacey. 2010. Fusion - An Introduction to the Physics and Technology of Magnetic Confinement Fusion, 2nd edition, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim.
  • W. M. Stacey and R. J. Groebner. 2009. Interpretation of Particle Pinches and Diffusion Coefficients in the Edge Pedestal of DIII-D Plasmas. Physics Plasmas 16, 102504.
  • W. M. Stacey and R. J. Groebner. 2008. Comparison of Theoretical and Experimental Heat Diffusivities in the DIII-D Edge Plasma. Physics Plasmas 15, 052503.
  • W. M. Stacey, et al.. 2008. A TRU-Zr Metal Fuel, Sodium Cooled, Fast, Subcritical Advanced Burner Reactor. Nuclear Technology 162, 53.
  • W. M. Stacey and R. J. Groebner. 2008. Interpretation of Edge Pedestal Rotation Measurements in DIII-D.Physics Plasmas 15, 012503.
  • W. M. Stacey, W. van Rooijen, and the student design class. 2008. A TRU-Zr Metal Fuel, Sodium Cooled, Fast Subcritical Advanced Burner Reactor. Nuclear Technology (April).
  • W. M. Stacey and R. J. Groebner. 2007. Thermal Transport Analysis of the Edge Region in the Low and High Confinement Stages of a DIII-D Discharge. Physics Plasmas 14, 012501.
  • W. M. Stacey. 2007. Tokamak D-T Fusion Neutron Source Requirements for Closing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. Nuclear Fusion 47, 217.
  • W. M. Stacey, R. W. Johnson and J. Mandrekas. 2006. A Neoclassical Calculation of Toroidal Rotation Profiles and Comparison with DIII-D Measurements. Physics Plasmas 13, 062508.