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“I feel that the academic and research education that I have received has fostered the creative independence and solid research skills that are critical for succeeding in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.”

Zach Hartwig G

Interested primarily in fusion energy, I joined the Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) Department because of its outstanding reputation in the field, the excitement impressed upon me by its faculty during visitation weekend, and its large role in the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC). The tight coupling between NSE and Alcator C-Mod, one of three national Department of Energy fusion energy tokamaks, provides the best opportunity for obtaining a superior academic education while participating in cutting edge research with world experts in the field of fusion energy. For example, the best course I have taken, Engineering Principles for Fusion Reactors (22.63), coupled lectures with real fusion engineering research that culminated in peer reviewed publication of several journal articles. However, the wide range of research undertaken at NSE has also provided me with the opportunity to contribute to other fields, such as advanced neutron detection and cyclotron design. Ultimately, I feel that the academic and research education that I have received has fostered the creative independence and solid research skills that are critical for succeeding in a wide variety scientific disciplines. That and the hours aren't too bad...

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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