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NSE at a glance

EDUCATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • implemented new undergraduate curriculum
  • hired two junior faculty
    fission, experimental thermal hydraulics, reactor diagnosis & simulation
    security + fusion, advanced accelerators, radiation transport & nuclear detection
  • Stanton Fellowship program in nuclear security

RESEARCH + INNOVATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alcator C-Mod sets new record for plasma pressure
  • Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World study, supported by a $1M grant from the Sloan Foundation. M. Corradini (Wisconsin, Emeritus) and D. Petti (INL) are playing key leadership roles
  • Physical cryptographic warhead verification

Degrees offered

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

Fall 2016 enrollment = 149

  • 110 Graduate students
  • 39 Undergraduates

Degrees granted, AY 2015–16 = 37

  • 9 SB
  • 15 SM
  • 13 PhD

Graduate student support

  • 69 RAs. 4 TAs. 13 Internal NSE fellowships
  • 13 Competitive external (non-MIT) fellowships
  • 5 MIT-awarded fellowships + self-supported
  • 4 International-sponsored

Faculty + Academic Research Staff = 53

  • 16 Tenured & Tenure-track Professors
    —4 assistant, 5 associate, 7 full professors
    —3 accepted for Jan 2016
    —1 search in progress
    —13 new faculty hired since 2007
  • 1 Professor of the Practice
  • 1 Joint Professors
  • 6 Active Emeritus Professors
  • 2 Lecturers, Visiting Lecturers & Visiting Scientists
  • 2 Senior Research Scientists/ Engineers
  • 2 Principal Research Scientists/ Engineers
  • 5 Research Scientists/Engineers
  • 19 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 = $26.3 million in FY16

NSE-Affiliated Research Centers

Research Laboratories

  • MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (6 MW reactor)
  • Concrete Sustainability Hub
  • H.H.Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory
  • Laboratory for Advanced Modeling and Simulation (with 3 high-speed parallel computer clusters)
  • Laboratory for Advanced Nuclear Fuel Development
  • Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy
  • Laboratory for Radiation Detection and Imaging
  • Laboratory for Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
  • Laboratory for the Study of Plasma-Surface Interactions
  • Laboratory for Surface Electrochemistry Studies
  • Quantum Engineering Laboratory

Collaborating MIT Academic & Research Units

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

Indicators of Quality

  • 5 National Academy of Engineering
  • 4 National Faculty Early Career Awards
  • 16 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 of Wisconsin & UC Berkeley)
  • Institute for Nuclear Power Operations
  • National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Skolkovo Institute of Technology & Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (MEPhI)

October 2016

Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 24-107, Cambridge, MA 02139
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