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2016 Del Favero Prize

Del Favero Lecture: Radiation physics today for materials science tomorrow

To the naked eye, radiation is a mysterious, invisible energy that permeates space, seemingly unimpeded, until it is either reflected or absorbed by an object. This behavior is precisely what makes radiation an excellent tool for scientists to interrogate and explore the atomic structure of materials. In the 2016 Del Favero Doctoral Thesis Prize Lecture, Dr. Mingda Li, shared his perspective as a nuclear scientist on how radiation can be used to benefit society and help us understand and design new materials. ... more

inside Alcator C-Mod

New finding may explain heat loss in fusion reactors

NSE professor Anne White and her students in collaboration with others at the University of California at San Diego, General Atomics, and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, have found the key to one of the biggest obstacles to making fusion power practical — and realizing its promise of virtually limitless and relatively clean energy. Their findings are reported in the journals Nuclear Fusion and AIP Physics of Plasmas. ... more

phase transition

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

NSE professor Bilge Yildiz and DMSE graduate student Qiyang Lu have developed a thin-film material whose phase and electrical properties can be switched between metallic and semiconducting simply by applying a small voltage. The findings are reported in the journal Nano Letters. ... more

energy harvesting concept

Harnessing the energy of small bending motions

NSE professor Ju Li, graduate students Sangtae Kim and Soon Ju Choi, and four others have developed a completely new method of harnessing the energy of small motions based on electrochemical principles, which could be capable of harvesting energy from a broad range of natural motions and activities, including walking. The new system, based on the slight bending of a sandwich of metal and polymer sheets, is described in the journal Nature Communications. ... more

Prof Mike Short with SoS attendee

Inspiring the next generation of nuclear engineers — NSE community leads “Science on Saturday”

Have you ever wondered what radiation actually is or where you can find it? It turns out that radiation is all around us and its unique properties make it useful for curing diseases, producing energy, and probing the properties of matter. ... more

Sow-Hsin Chen

Celebrating Professor Sow-Hsin Chen

On November 29, 2015 a workshop was held at MIT to honor the career and achievements of Professor Sow-Hsin Chen and celebrate his 80th birthday. The one-day workshop on “Topics in Soft Condensed Matter” featured talks by ten speakers from around the world and brought together his former collaborators, students, and other researchers in the field. ... more

Members of the GTL Armenia pilot program

Black student leaders present recommendations for a more inclusive MIT

“MIT has had a long history of specifically addressing racial bias. We have made great strides as a university, but now is the time to set the bar for the next 10 years.” — NSE junior Rasheed Auguste, co-chair of the Black Students’ Union, chair of the BSU’s political action committee. ... more

Members of the GTL Armenia pilot program

NSE’s Corney, Danagoulian participate in MISTI Global Teaching Labs

Five MIT students, including NSE Junior Daniel Corney, traveled abroad to support and empower young technology entrepreneurs in Armenia. In preparation members of the GTL Armenia pilot program attended discussions led by NSE Professor Areg Danagoulian, History Professor Lerna Ekmekcioglu, and Luys Foundation executive director Jacqueline Karaaslanian, on Armenia’s culture, history educational structure and program logistics. ... more

Ade Samuel, Ellen Rice Staten, Rasheed Auguste, Tiera Guinn, Alberto Hernandez, and Isaiah Borne

NSE Senior Research Engineer Minervini appointed Assistant Director of the PSFC

Senior Research Engineer and Division Head Dr. Joseph Minervini, will serve as Assistant Director of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center beginning November 1, 2015. He joins PSFC leadership comprised of Professor Dennis Whyte (Director), Dr. Martin Greenwald (Deputy Director), and Dr. Richard Temkin (Associate Director). ... more

NSE’s Loureiro one of 18 new engineering faculty for 2015–2016

The School of Engineering will add an exceptionally large class of new faculty to its ranks during the 2015-16 academic year. Eighteen engineers whose skills span scholarship, invention, innovation, and teaching will contribute to new directions in research and education across the school and to a range of labs and centers across the Institute. Nuno Loureiro will join the NSE faculty as an assistant professor in January 2016; he will work with the theory group of the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. ... more

NSE part of MIT’s plan for action on climate change

NSE will be a part of MIT’s multifaceted five-year plan aimed at fighting climate change which represents a new phase in the Institute’s commitment to an issue that, the plan says, “demands society’s urgent attention.” ... more

MIT team and collaborators show that metal defects can be eliminated by cyclic loading

The new finding shows small amounts of repeated stretching can eliminate crystal defects in nanoscale metal parts. It is reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, in a paper co-authored by MIT’s Ming Dao and Ju Li, Subra Suresh of Carnegie Mellon, Zhiwei Shan of Xi’an Jiaotong University, and others in China and at Johns Hopkins University. They refer to the new process as “cyclic healing.” ... more

NSE alum honored at Pentagon Annual Awards Ceremony

NSE alum Daria Stafford ’00, was one of nine Department of Defense employees honored for their service, dedication, and professionalism in their roles at the DoD. ... more

NSE’s Smith wins 2015 ANS Wigner Reactor Physicist Award

NSE’s Professor Kord Smith has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physicist Award. He is cited for a career of outstanding contributions to the field of reactor physics. ... more

NSE’s Kord Smith committed to caring

Professor Kord Smith, in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, has fostered an open, encouraging environment with his students. ... more

Yildiz, Adepalli and international team decode new processes in ReRAMs

Resistive memory cells or ReRAMs for short are deemed to be the new super information-storage solution of the future. At present, two basic concepts are being pursued, which, up to now, were associated with different types of active ions. However, as reported by the researchers in the journals Nature Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials their findings suggest that it is possible to move back and forth from one concept to the other. ... Press release

Jacopo Buongiorno named Associate Head of NSE

Dennis Whyte, the head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering announced today the appointment of Professor Jacopo Buongiorno as Associate Department Head, effective immediately. ... more

NSE alum Horelik develops app to find 911 callers instantly

RapidSOS, a startup with MIT roots, is gearing up to release a one-touch 911 app that automatically sends location and preset medical data from a smartphone to dispatch centers, with aims of drastically reducing the time it takes first responders to get to a scene. ... more

Areg Danagoulian

NSE’s Danagoulian wins IEEE/NPSS Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award

NSE’s Professor Areg Danagoulian has been selected for the prestigious IEEE/NPSS Radiation Instrumentation Early Career Award. He is cited for “contributions to the field of cargo security and active interrogation, in particular for the development of the Prompt Neutrons from Photofission (PNPF) technique in fissionable material detection.” ... more

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