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NSE Senior Ethan E. Peterson wins National Scholar-Athlete award

Ethan E. Peterson

Ethan E. Peterson ’13 is a Course 22 (Nuclear Science and Engineering) and Course 8 (Physics) senior on MIT Men’s Varsity Football. He has started on the MIT offensive line for the last three seasons and became co-captain last season. For his stellar play, he has received much recognition, including being selected for first team All-New England Football Conference. In fact, Peterson recently won the National Scholar-Athlete Award given by the National Football Foundation. This award selects 15 honorees out of the national pool of 147 semifinalists, who are selected from all divisions of college football for their academic prowess and their achievements on the field. Ethan is the sixth person in MIT Football history to receive this distinguished award.

Peterson’s primary academic interests lie in the applied physics relevant to energy generation. He plans to complete graduate studies and pursue a career in plasma physics and fusion engineering, hoping to contribute to the onset of economically viable nuclear fusion for base load electric power generation. Aside from academics and football, Peterson is also passionate about playing video games, reading science fiction, and discussing physics and philosophy.

Peterson is also one of three MIT Football Student-Athletes Named to Capital One Academic All-Americ aDivision III Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Read full interview in The Tech.

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