“If you are the type of person who loves adventures and challenges, I believe nuclear engineering will be a good fit for you.”
Junior year in high school, I went to visit the MIT nuclear research reactor with my chemistry class. I was amazed by such a complex and cool engineering device and I wanted to learn everything about it. Majoring in course 22 undergraduate and being an operator for the MIT research reactor have enabled me to learn so much about the MIT reactor as well as other types of reactors.
I enjoy most the multidisciplinary aspect of nuclear engineering. I have been able to gain knowledge about reactor physics, thermal hydraulics, material science, physics, computational methods and system behaviors, etc.... This skill set has allowed me to obtain internships everywhere (through professors and the department), which is my other favorite aspect of being in course 22. I have interned at INL, at Research Center Karlsruhe in Germany, at AREVA in Lyon France, at EPRI and just this past summer at TerraPower near Seattle. These internships have enabled me to learn new skills, have widened my professional/personal network and have given me the opportunity to travel to many different places around the world. However, because nuclear engineering is a complex field, after undergraduate I felt I knew only the tip of the iceberg. Therefore, continuing graduate school was a natural choice for me. It gives me the chance to dig deeper into the field and to develop a more thorough understanding of the subject. If you are thinking about nuclear engineering and are the type of person who loves adventures and challenges, I believe nuclear engineering will be a good fit for you.