NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT

ABOUT

NSE at a glance

EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • new model for undergraduate design class
  • new maker/fabrication space
  • hired two junior faculty
    fission, experimental thermal hydraulics
    nuclear materials

RESEARCH + INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nuno Loureiro and Michael Short win NSF CAREER awards
  • Exelon Generation provides CANES funding for research on Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cladding Coatings
  • Predictive methods for Critical Heat Flux
  • Compact superconducting cyclotron as a new security and materials research tool

Degrees offered

  • Nuclear Science & Engineering | Bachelors, Masters, Nuclear Engineer, PhD, ScD
  • Computational Nuclear Science & Engineering | Joint PhD

Fall 2017 enrollment = 143

  • 112 Graduate students
  • 31 Undergraduates

Degrees granted, AY 2015–16 = 40

  • 17 SB
  • 9 SM
  • 14 PhD

Graduate student support

  • 76 RAs. 3 TAs. 18 Internal NSE fellowships
  • 10 Competitive external (non-MIT) fellowships
  • 4 MIT-awarded fellowships + self-supported
  • 2 International-sponsored

Faculty + Academic Research Staff = 72

  • 19.5 Tenured & Tenure-track Professors
    —5 assistant, 7 associate, 6.5 full professors
    —1 accepted for Jan 2018
    —7 new faculty hired in the last 5 years
  • 1 Professor of the Practice
  • 1 Joint Professor
  • 6 Active Emeritus Professors
  • 14 Lecturers, Visiting Lecturers & Visiting Scientists
  • 0.5 Senior Research Scientists
  • 1 Principal Research Scientist
  • 2 Research Scientists
  • 27 Post-doctoral Fellows/Associates

Instructional & Research Areas

  • Advanced reactor design and innovation
  • Nuclear fuel cycle and waste management technology
  • Plasma physics and fusion
  • Materials in extreme environments
  • Advanced computation and simulation
  • Radiation sources, detection, and control
  • Nuclear security
  • Nuclear economics, management, and policy

Executive Education

  • Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives
  • Nuclear Plant Safety Course
  • Risk-Informed Operational Decision Management

Research funding = $25.5 million in FY17

NSE-Affiliated Research Centers

Research Laboratories

  • Center for Science and Technology with Accelerators and Radiation
  • Concrete Sustainability Hub
  • H.H.Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Advanced Modeling and Simulation (with 3 high-speed parallel computer clusters)
  • Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces
  • Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy
  • Laboratory for Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
  • MIT Computational Reactor Physics Group
  • Quantum Engineering Group

Collaborating MIT Academic & Research Units

  • Departments of Biological Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Science, and Science, Technology and Society
  • Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
  • Laboratory for Nuclear Science
  • MIT Energy Initiative
  • MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (6 MW reactor)
  • Research Laboratory of Electronics

Indicators of Quality

  • 5 National Academy of Engineering
  • 6 National Faculty Early Career Awards
  • 10 Graduate students holding nationally competitive fellowships

Major Partnerships

  • Accident Tolerant Fuels consortium (with AREVA, U. Wisconsin, PSU and TAMU)
  • DOE Consortium on Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL)
  • Fluoride-Salt High Temperature Reactor Consortium (with U Wisconsin & UC Berkeley)
  • Institute for Nuclear Power Operations
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Skolkovo Institute of Technology & Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI)

October 2017

Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 24-107
Cambridge, MA 02139
nse-info@mit.edu