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Dr. Robert W. Conn Named President of The Kavli Foundation
Date:3/10/2009

OXNARD, Calif., March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kavli Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr. Robert W. Conn as its new president - only the second president since the Foundation was established in 2000. Dr. Conn begins serving as the Foundation's President in late April of this year.

Dr. Conn is a renowned academic and business leader, and an acclaimed scientist whose research is focused on plasma physics and fusion energy development. Most recently, he served as a Managing Director of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital (EPVC), a leading venture capital firm that has invested over $1.1 billion in technology and life sciences companies. Prior to EPVC, a 30-year career in academics and research included serving from 1993 to 2002 as Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While dean, he led the School through a period of unprecedented growth both in scale and reputation, establishing what is today among the top-ranked engineering schools in the United States. Before joining UCSD, Dr. Conn was Professor of Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and earlier, the Romnes Faculty Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He founded the Institute of Plasma and Fusion Research at UCLA and co-founded the Fusion Energy Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

A distinguished member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society, Dr. Conn will join the leadership of a Foundation that is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

"Dr. Conn is a scientist whose many contributions to plasma physics, fusion energy and materials have been acknowledged and honored by his colle
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