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News Archives — 2017

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

Artyom Kossolapov, Matteo Bucci, MIT

NSE wins two awards at NURETH-17

Artyom Kossolapov, Md Mahamudur Rahman, Chi Wang , Giacomo Saccone, and NSE professors Matteo Bucci and Jacopo Buongiorno win awards for their presentations at NURETH-17. ... 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

Miriam Rathbun, MIT

NSE graduate student Miriam Rathbun wins Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Miriam Rathbun, a graduate student in Benoit Forget’s group at MIT, has been awarded a 2017 Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) to support her Computational Reactor Physics research. ... 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

Cody Dennett, Benjamin Magolan, Alexander Creely, MIT

Dennett, Magolan, Creely win 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards

NSE’s Cody Dennett, Benjamin Magolan, and Alexander Creely have won awards in the 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D. ... more

Brendan Ensor, MIT

Three questions with NSE Alum Brendan Ensor ’12

NSE and Energy Studies Minor alumnus Brendan Ensor knew he wanted to be a nuclear engineer ever since he was a child growing up near a nuclear reactor. Following a Rickover Fellowship at the US Department of Energy, he is now a senior engineer at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. ... more

Jacopo Buongiorno

MIT study on nuclear energy in a carbon-constrained world receives support from Shell

Professor Jacopo Buongiorno was awarded a grant from Shell in support of the ongoing study, The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. ... 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

Justin Schwartz

NSE alum to lead Penn State School of Engineering

Justin Schwartz has been named the new Harold and Inge Marcus Dean in the College of Engineering at Penn State University starting June 12.” ... more

John Kelly

NSE alum John E. Kelly is ANS VP/President-elect



Sean Lowder, Natalie Shifflet will serve their country when they leave MIT

Following their MIT studies, graduates in MIT’s Reserve Officer Training Corps set off on new challenges in the U.S. military. ... more

Thomas McKrell

Thomas J. McKrell, research scientist and mentor in Nuclear Science and Engineering, dies at 47

The lauded director of the MIT Thermal Hydraulics and Materials in Extreme Environments Laboratory was a consummate experimentalist and passionate teacher. ... more

Dennis Whyte

Dennis Whyte is committed to caring

Professor Dennis Whyte has made community building a top priority and has made a significant impact in affecting positive change as the head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. ... more

Yildiz students take gold and silver at Materials Research Society conference

Qiyang Lu and Lixin Sun won Graduate Student Awards at the 2017 Spring Materials Research Society conference.more

NSE’s Batista recognized for exceptional service and support

The MIT School of Engineering hosted its 17th annual Infinite Mile Awards ceremony on May 15, to recognize and reward members of the school’s administrative, support, service, and sponsored research staff whose work is of the highest caliber. The awards support the Institute’s and the School of Engineering’s objectives for excellence.more

2017 NSE Awards

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and the student chapter of the American Nuclear Society hosted the annual awards dinner on on May 16, 2017. Meet the award winners.more

Nuno Loureiro

NSE’s Loureiro among 12 newly tenured MIT engineers

Newly tenured Nuno Loureiro's research focuses on instability of magnetic reconnection and the formation of multiple magnetic islands, especially as they relate to the temperatures of plasma in nuclear fusion. ... more

Yang Yang, MIT

NSE graduate student Yang Yang wins two awards at 2017 ANS Student Conference

NSE graduate student Yang Yang won the Best in Materials Science and Technology Award for his podium presentation entitled “The Necessity of Full-3D Monte Carlo Simulations for Ion Irradiation” at the 2017 American Nuclear Society Student Conference. ... more

Michel Maschi, EDF

EDF grant supports study on Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World

MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) Professor Jacopo Buongiorno was awarded a grant from Électricité de France (EDF) in support of the ongoing study on the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. ... more

Michael Short, MIT

Exelon Generation provides CANES funding for research on Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cladding Coatings

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering Michael Short and collaborators — Professors Bilge Yildiz, Matteo Bucci, and Evelyn Wang, as well as the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory and the Westinghouse Electric Company — have received funding from Exelon Generation to support research which could transform the performance of the fuel cladding in Light Water Reactors (LWRs). ... more

Ju Li, MIT

NSE’s Ju Li named 2017 Materials Research Society Fellow

Batelle Energy Alliance Professor Ju Li of MIT’s Nuclear Science and Engineering department has been named a 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow — one of sixteen scholars honored in 2017 worldwide. ... more

NSE Expo

2017 NSE Research Expo

The MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Graduate Student Expo which traditionally kicks off the visiting weekend for prospective graduate students, was held on March 17. ... more

David T. Leighton, MIT

$1.6M gift establishes David T. Leighton Fund

David T. Leighton ’48, MIT alumnus passed away on January 6, 2017. He was 91 years old. ... more

Expo Poster

2017 NSE Research Expo

On March 17, the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering will host its annual Graduate Research Expo —a unique opportunity for the MIT community to learn more about the diverse research being conducted within NSE by faculty and graduate students. ... more

Rasheed Auguste

2017 Celebration of MLK: Discrimination affects us all

NSE senior Rasheed Auguste described a three-step process for addressing injustice in the world at MIT's celebration of MLK. ... more

Hi-res imaging

Paola Cappellaro: High-res biomolecule imaging

Technique could provide unique views of single molecules that conventional methods can’t match. ... more

New faculty

New faculty strengthen, broaden MIT’s energy expertise

NSE’s Nuno Loureiro is one of four new faculty engaged in energy research. These newest faculty bring a wide array of energy expertise to the Institute — from mimicking the natural characteristics of photosynthesis in human-made solar energy systems, to modeling plasma behavior in fusion reactor designs. ... more

Otto Harling

Otto Harling, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering, dies at 85

Longtime Nuclear Research Lab director made advances in nuclear and condensed-matter physics, nuclear materials, reactor technology, and nuclear medicine. ... more

Michael Short

Mike Short: Inspired by radiation

Nuclear scientist Michael Short aims to understand the full range of defects produced when materials are exposed to radiation. ... more

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