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Winning over nuclear skeptics

Kaylee Cunningham might love nuclear engineering and computer science but recognizes that her training could be for naught if myths continue to plague the industry. The activist is committed to help &emdash; one TikTok at a time.

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SPOTLIGHT: Optimizing construction and operation of nuclear energy facilities

Keen to accelerate the adoption of nuclear energy, Isabel Naranjo De Candido is working on methods to optimize construction and operation of production plants.

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Congratulations to our graduating students

MIT’s commencement ceremony is on June ist. Thirty-eight NSE students graduate this year.

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SPOTLIGHT: Winning over nuclear skeptics

Kaylee Cunningham might love nuclear engineering and computer science but recognizes that her training could be for naught if myths continue to plague the industry. The activist is committed to help &emdash; one TikTok at a time.

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Bilge Yildiz elected to the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Bilge Yildiz, Breene M. Kerr (1951) Professor in the Departments of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, has been elected to the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) on May 11, 2023

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Team uses 3D printing to strengthen a key material in aerospace, energy-generation applications

The approach could improve the performance of many other materials as well.

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Nuclear Science and Engineering Annual Awards 2023

NSE and the student chapter of the American Nuclear Society hosted their annual awards dinner on May 18, 2023

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SPOTLIGHT: Printing a new approach to fusion powerplant materials

Through research on additive manufacturing of metal-ceramic composites, the fourth-year nuclear science and engineering doctoral student, Alexander O'Brien is enabling a category of high-functioning materials that can deliver the next generation of fusion devices.

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Emilio Baglietto named associate head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Professor Emilio Baglietto has been appointed as associate head of the Departemnt of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, effective July 1, 2023. In his new role, Baglietto will coordinate NSE’s DEI and community building efforts, as well as advise on curricular and recruiting efforts.

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NSE teams win three awards at 2023 ICAPP

Presentations are Emile Germonpré, Emile Gateau, and Faris Fakhry from the NSE Microreactor Group won three Best Paper Awards at the 2023 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plantsheld in South Korea in April.

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SPOTLIGHT: Exploring the bow shock and beyond

PhD student Rishabh Datta seeks to further understanding of astrophysical phenomena.

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Exploring new sides of climate and sustainability research

With the support of each other and MIT faculty, students in the MCSC’s Climate and Sustainability Scholars Program are making their impact on real-world climate challenges.

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NUCLEAR NOW: Screening & Discussion

with director OLIVER STONE and co-writer JOSHUA S. GOLDSTEIN May 3 2023. 4:00PM. Bartos Theater. MIT E15-07. Free admission. Post-screening reception.

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Benoit Forget named head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering

Computational reactor physics expert to succeed Professor Anne White as department head of NSE.

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Mingda Li honored with Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching

Award is given each year by the School of Engineering to an outstanding educator up for promotion to associate professor without tenure.

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Ericmoore Ericmoore Jossou joins NSE and EECS in summer 2023

Jossou is one of eleven new faculty members join six of the School of Engineering's academic departments and institutes.

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Mingda Li wins NSF grant to study sustainable topological materials

Li along with his co-PIs from MIT, UCSB, and Boston College will work to accelerate research in topological quantum materials.

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Spotlight: Understanding boiling to help the nuclear industry and space missions

Always fascinated by physics, Florian Chavagnat is propelling his love of the science to answer fundamental questions about heat transfer that will shape the success of nuclear power plants — and extended missions in space.

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Spotlight: Helping the cause of environmental resilience

Haruko Wainwright believes environmental monitoring can empower citizens to make informed decisions about their energy and environment.

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Scientists identify new mechanism of corrosion

NSE collaborative research on molten salt corrosion shows that controlling one-dimensional wormhole corrosion could help advance power plant designs

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Preparing students for the new nuclear

MIT Leaders for Global Operations’ collaboration with the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering trains leaders for a rapidly evolving industry.

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Video: NSE Alum Mareena Robinson Snowden ’17 wins 2022–2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award

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NSE Alum wins Energy Storage Innovations Prize

NSE Alum and co-founder of Electrified Thermal Solutions, Dan Stack, is one of 10 winners of the DOE Energy Storage Innovations Prize that focuses on nascent and emerging technologies that disrupt or advance current state-of-the-art energy storage research areas.

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Spotlight: An evolutionary shift from the local (nano) scale to the global

Eight years ago, Jacopo Buongiorno’s career took a turn from a focus on technical to a broader engagement with the global nuclear ecosystem, and there’s been no turning back.

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Spotlight: Working to Make Nuclear Energy More Competitive

Through research on high burnup fuels and improving the design of nuclear power plants, the second-year doctoral student is adopting a dual approach to addressing some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

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Engineers discover a new way to control atomic nuclei as “qubits”

Using lasers, NSE's Ju li, Paola Cappellaro, Haowei Xu and other researchers can directly control a property of nuclei called spin, that can encode quantum information.

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Spotlight: Tribute to a hale, hardy, and accomplished fellow

Prolific, eclectic physicist Richard Lanza came to MIT in 1966 for a two-year postdoc and ended up sticking around for a while.

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Spotlight: Bilge Yildiz wins Rahmi M. Koç Medal of Science

Award recognizes scientists of Turkish origin younger than 50 who have made outstanding contributions to their fields.

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A new way to assess radiation damage in reactors

NSE’s Mike Short and a team of researchers designed a tool that enables faster measurements of the condition of some nuclear reactor components, potentially extending their lifetimes.

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Spotlight: Probing plasma

Investigating the solar wind flowing past Earth, MIT physicist and professor of nuclear science and engineering, Ian Hutchinson finds solitary waves that might arise within fusion devices.

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A faster experiment to find and study topological materials

NSE’s Mingda Li and a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard, Princeton and ANL have shown that Using machine learning and simple X-ray spectra, can uncover compounds that might enable next-generation computer chips or quantum devices.

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NSE’s Nuno Loureiro elected as fellow of the American Physical Society

One of six from MIT elected this year, Prof Nuno Loureiro is recognized for “transformative contributions to the theory of magnetic reconnection and for elucidating the fundamental role of hierarchical reconnection phenomena in plasma turbulence, with broad applications in laboratory, space, and astrophysical systems.”

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