HU Announces Dr. Halima Ali’s Appointment to Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee

Hampton, Va. (December 15, 2023) – Hampton University is proud to announce Halima Ali, Ph.D., esteemed mathematics professor, has been appointed to the national Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee (FESAC) by the Director of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Dr. Halima Ali’s extensive expertise in mathematics and her dedication to advancing scientific research make her an invaluable addition to FESAC,” said HU President Darrell K. Williams. “Her appointment reflects not only her individual achievements but also highlights Hampton University’s commitment to fostering excellence in academia and contributing to the forefront of scientific exploration.”

As a member of FESAC, Dr. Ali will play a crucial role in shaping policies and providing expert guidance on fusion energy research, a field of paramount importance in advancing sustainable and clean energy solutions. Her leadership and insights are expected to make significant contributions to the nation’s pursuit of groundbreaking advancements in fusion energy science.

“Hampton University extends its congratulations to Dr. Ali on this well-deserved appointment, recognizing her as a trailblazer in the academic community,” said Isi Ero-Tolliver, Ph.D., dean, School of Science. “The University looks forward to witnessing the positive impact of her contributions to the Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee.”

Ali has been a member of the HU faculty as a professor of mathematics for over 30 years teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate mathematics courses – from developmental level mathematics and pre-calculus to advanced level courses, including advanced differential equations, methods of applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, nuclear fusion, quantitative methods, statistics, advanced calculus, and independent/directed research courses.

Ali area of research is in nonlinear dynamics and chaos and its application to Thermonuclear Fusion Energy Science. She has a passion for engaging in scholarly and creative activities, and grantsmanship, and providing opportunities for integrated education and research experience for students.


Founded in 1868, Hampton University has been the Standard of Excellence in higher education for over 150 years. Rich in history and tradition, Hampton University is recognized as one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the world, and recently named the top private university in Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

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