“When I apply for summer internships I can contribute outside of just one narrow field and I'm able to explore other topics of interest.”
I decided to declare course 22 because it's a field with so much left to achieve. While there are challenges to overcome in all fields of engineering I felt that more often than not you were simply applying what people before you had discovered to the situation you found yourself in. There is still a lot to be discovered and refined in the nuclear field and I wanted to be part of that.
I like the fact that going through the major requires you to take a wide variety of classes as well the physics and neutronics you'd expect: from computer modelling to running physical experiments to the basics of mechanical engineering. It means that when I apply for summer internships I can contribute outside of just one narrow field and I'm able to explore other topics of interest.
The department is a relatively small one which brings with it many advantages. It allows you to get to know professors more easily and you get the opportunity to take on more responsibility during UROPs and other projects. I've greatly enjoyed working as part of the fast fission group in the department and it was a strange feeling as a sophomore to realize that my results were carrying some of the group's work forward. It was very satisfying to then be asked to present our work at the ANS conference in San Diego.