“It is the multidisciplinary field of study and the close work with MIT faculty resulting in unbounded opportunities that attracted me to the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.”
The Radiation Measurement and Protection Lab that every Course 22 (NSE) student takes Junior year really opened my eyes to the field of nuclear data. After conducting an experiment at the MIT nuclear reactor as part of the class, I was able to start an undergraduate research project conducting the exact experiment that I had done for academic purposes, but now taking measurements that will go into a worldwide collection of nuclear data. I, like many others going through school, have often wanted to see the immediate application of what I was learning in my courses applied to real world problems. The NSE department at MIT offers you that opportunity. There is an almost unlimited amount of research work for undergraduate students. With possibly the largest ratio of faculty to students in the engineering disciplines, these undergraduate research positions are opportunities to work directly with MIT professors and industry leaders solving real world problems.
A word on the multidisciplinary education that you will get as part of the NSE department... Course work is taken from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and other departments. Not only will you study all of these disciplines, you will also apply them in the field. For example, in this nuclear data project, I am working directly with 3 members of the NSE faculty, and 3 industry professionals. They include physicists, nuclear engineers, and mechanical engineers. It is the multidisciplinary field of study and the close work with MIT faculty resulting in unbounded opportunities that attracted me to the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.