NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT


Recent News

Integrated simulations answer 20-year-old question in fusion research

MIT study finds that turbulence competes in fusion plasmas to rapidly respond to temperature perturbations. ... more

Nuclear Systems Design : Pitch Presentations

Topics in the Design Class Pitch Presentations demonstrated the broad application of nuclear science and engineering in finding solutions to real world problems. ... more

Turning heat into electricity

NSE’s Mingda Li and colleagues find topological materials could boost the efficiency of thermoelectric devices. ... more

Mark Reed

Predicting distortions

With his computational breakthrough, nuclear engineer Mark Reed characterizes the weird warping of geometries inside a reactor core. ... more

Michael Short, MIT

Professor Michael Short wins Junior Bose Teaching Award

This award is given annually to an outstanding contributor to education from among the junior faculty of the School of Engineering. ... more

Thomas J. McKrell, MIT

Thomas J. McKrell, 1969 – 2017

On November 29 the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering celebrated the life of Thomas J. McKrell. ... photo gallery

magnetic reconnection

Study sheds light on turbulence in astrophysical plasmas

Theoretical analysis uncovers new mechanisms in plasma turbulence. ... more

winning design

Bringing design thinking into nuclear science and engineering

Nuclear Systems Design class immerses students in the design and communications skills needed to produce innovations. ... more

fortified concrete

NSE design class students fortify concrete by adding recycled plastic

Adding bits of irradiated plastic water bottles could cut cement industry’s carbon emissions. ... more

sliding boundaries

New property found in unusual crystalline materials

Materials with a special kind of boundary between crystal grains can deform in unexpected ways. ... more

R. Scott Kemp, MIT

R. Scott Kemp named 2017 American Physical Society Fellow

R. Scott Kemp, Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Nominated by the Forum on Physics and Society, Kemp was cited, “[f]or innovative applications of physics to arms control verification, and pivotal scientific contributions to nuclear nonproliferation diplomacy and the understanding of technology-policy interactions in international security”. ... more

Michael Short, MIT

How Can We Measure Damage?

Quantifying radiation damage in materials is the first step toward safer reactors and better nuclear compliance, says Mike Short. ... more

atomic lattice of a crystal of barium oxide, MIT

New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

New research from a NSE’s Bilge Yildiz and collaborators shows that such imperfections in a family of materials known as insulating metal oxides may be key to their performance for a variety of high-tech applications, such as nonvolatile memory chips and energy conversion technologies. ... more

Gordon Kohse, MIT

Gordon Kohse: Multidimensional mission at the boundary of science and engineering

Designer, builder, operator, administrator, and teacher, Gordon Kohse, deputy director of research and services for MIT’s Nuclear Research Laboratory (NRL), delights in wearing many hats. ... more

firebrick-based thermal storage system, MIT

Firebricks offer low-cost storage for carbon-free energy

NSE Research Scientist Charles Forsberg and collaborators tap ancient technology could be used to level electricity prices for renewables. ... more

Nuno Loureiro

Nuno Loureiro: Probing the magnetic universe

With the help of a National Science Foundation Early Career Development (CAREER) award Nuno Loureiro is looking beyond the fusion vacuum chamber to the edges of the universe, seeking an answer to a fundamental astrophysical question: How did the universe magnetize itself? ... more

Jacopo Buongiorno

NSE’s Jacopo Buongiorno named 2017 Fellow of American Nuclear Society

TEPCO Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Jacopo Buongiorno, has been elected to the rank of Fellow within the American Nuclear Society. He is recognized for contributions to “the advancement of nuclear science and technology through the years.” ... more

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