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magnetic sensor system, MIT

Quantum sensing method measures minuscule magnetic fields

MIT researchers find a new way to make nanoscale measurements of fields in more than one dimension.

Vinod Khosla, MIT

Entrepreneur Vinod Khosla: “Focus on the consequences of success”

In 2019 David Rose Lecture, Sun Microsystems co-founder urges bold plans to address global challenges.

direct 2D pattern, MIT

Technique to streamline fabrication of 2-D circuits

Growing material directly onto substrates and recycling chip patterns should enable faster, simpler manufacturing.

2019 NSE Expo, MIT

2019 NSE Graduate Research Exp

The MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Graduate Student Expo showcases groundbreaking research from NSE’s various labs and provides an opportunity for prospective students to learn about being conducted within NSE by faculty and graduate students.

Vinod Khosla

2019 David J. Rose Lecture

A conversation with Vinod Khosla on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Energy Development

strain on crystalline materials, MIT

Using artificial intelligence to engineer materials’ properties

New system of “strain engineering” can change a material’s optical, electrical, and thermal properties.

Nuno Loureiro, MIT

Bose grants for 2018 fund research at the frontier of discovery

Nuno Loureiro is one five receiving the prestigious award. The supported innovative projects challenge established norms and have the potential to be world-changing.

Dennis Whyte, MIT

PODCAST: Game-changing fusion

Dennis Whyte spoke with Frank O'Sullivan of the MIT Energy Initiative about the history and future of fusion.

Neudrop, MIT

Pitching transformative design

Undergraduates put their ideas on the line in competition showcasing novel and consequential applications of nuclear science and engineering

Dennis Whyte, MIT

MIT Fusion Landscape

In series of talks, experts describe major effort to address climate change through carbon-free power.

John Tramm

Del Favero Prize

Dr. John Tramm wins the 2018 Del Favero Thesis Prize

Matt Ellis, Sam Shaner, MIT

Running Start

NSE alums, Matt Ellis and Sam Shaner who hatch their company at MIT are well-positioned for impact. “MIT provided me with a great breadth and depth of opportunities to prepare me for starting a new clean energy venture,” Shaner says.

ion beamline to measure radiation damage

Monitoring radiation damage to materials in real-time

Researchers at MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have developed, tested, and made available a new system that can monitor radiation-induced changes continuously, providing more useful data much faster than traditional methods.

Alex Creely, MIT

From Fusion to Foxtrot

Grad student Alex Creely is studying ways of reducing simulation times in fusion experiments, using data from tokamaks at the PSFC and Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics. To take a break from plasma science Creely dances competitively with the MIT Ballroom Dance Team.

Nuno Loureiro, MIT

Focus on plasma turbulence pays dividends in fusion energy, astrophysics for theorist Loureiro

Difficult problems with big payoffs are the life blood of MIT, so it’s appropriate that plasma turbulence has been an important focus for theoretical physicist Nuno Loureiro.

Mike Short, MIT

Mike Short receives ARPA-E funding for nuclear materials research

Shortand a team of researchers from Georgia Tech, Louisiana Tech, and the Idaho National Laboratory were awarded $1,694,034 for their project: Multimetallic Layered Composites (MMLCs) for Rapid, Economical Advanced Reactor Deployment.

Dennis Whyte, MIT

Dennis Whyte receives Fusion Power Associates Leadership Award

The Fusion Power Associates (FPA) Board of Directors has awarded its 2018 Leadership Award to Prof. Dennis Whyte, Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Director of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

Pablo Ducru, MIT

Two from MIT named Schwarzman Scholars for 2020

As a Schwarzman Scholar, NSE’ grad student Pablo Ducru hopes to explore building ventures in China that harness algorithms and artificial intelligence to address challenges in energy, agriculture, health, and environmental sectors.

Jayson Vavrek, MIT

Jayson Vavrek wins award for Best Student Presentation at ANS

Fifth-year graduate student, Jayson Vavrek, was winner of the Best Student Presentation in the Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy section of the 2018 ANS Winter Meeting for his presentation entitled “Warhead verification experiments using nuclear resonance fluorescence”.

Ellis, Shaner, MIT

Running Start

NSE alums Matt Ellis and Sam Shaner, co founders of Yellowstone Energy featured in MIT Spectrum. They are developing an advanced nuclear reactor designed to exploit the existing nuclear supply chain for quick and cost-effective deployment.

Xingang Zhao, MIT

NSE’s Zhao wins 2018 Young Professional Thermal Hydraulics Research Competition

Fifth-year NSE graduate student, Xingang Zhao, won the 2018 Young Professional Thermal Hydraulics Research Competition for his presentation entitled “Machine Learning-Based Critical Heat Flux Predictors in Low Quality Flow Boiling”.

Emilio Baglietto, MIT

NSE’s Baglietto honored for mentorship of grad students

Professor Emilio Baglietto was nominated by his graduate students as a model of great mentorship, and is among the current slate of honorees for Committed to Caring (C2C).

Bilge Yildiz, MIT

NSE’s Yildiz and team win 2018 Purdy award

NSE Professor Bilge Yildiz and her research team have won the Ross Coffin Purdy award for 2018 for their paper, “Improved chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxides with less reducible cations at the surface”.

Tungsten-ditelluride transistor, MIT

First two-dimensional material that performs as both topological insulator and superconductor

A transistor based on the 2-D material tungsten ditelluride (WTe2) sandwiched between boron nitride can switch between two different electronic states — one that conducts current only along its edges, making it a topological insulator, and one that conducts current with no resistance, making it a superconductor — researchers at MIT and colleagues from four other institutions have demonstrated.

Dennis Whyte, MIT

NSE celebrates 60 years

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its founding in 2018. As part of the celebration, the Department honored Manson Benedict, the first Department Head. NSE dedicated the department’s conference room to commemorate Benedict’s legacy of comradery and collegiality.

Karen Dawson, MIT

Podcast: The Future of Nuclear Energy

Jacopo Buongiorno, John Parsons, and Karen Dawson discuss nuclear energy’s potential in the future low-carbon energy landscape, and review strategies for navigating barriers in construction costs, government policy, and community outreach.

BNSE60 graphic, MIT

NSE celebrates 60 years

As part of its 60th Anniversary celebration, NSE honored Manson Benedict, the first Department Head, and his lasting legacy of camaraderie and collegiality. Long-standing professors in the Department were asked to reflect on their favorite NSE memories.

Brain Sensor, MIT

Monitoring electromagnetic signals in the brain with MRI

Technique develop by Alan Jasanoff’s research team could be used to detect light or electrical fields in living tissue.

Mareena Robinson Snowden

NSE alumna Robinson-Snowden pushes boundaries in PhD pursuit

When Mareena Robinson-Snowden PhD ’17 graduated from MIT, she became the first self-identified American black woman to graduate with a PhD in nuclear engineering from the Institute.

Richard Lanza, MIT

Lanza named American Physical Society Fellow

Lanza is amongst four from MIT to receive the prestigious honor recognizing them for their research and leadership.


A new path to solving a longstanding fusion challenge

Novel design could help shed excess heat in next-generation fusion power plants.

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