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Sean Lowder

Sean Lowder: A path to naval nuclear engineering

NSE senior Sean Lowder is taking his nuclear engineering expertise to Washington, DC ... more

Zach Hartwig

Zach Hartwig: Applying diverse skills in pursuit of a fusion breakthrough

“It’s our responsibility to get beyond our walls and have a positive impact in the world”, says newly appointed NSE assistant professor Zach Hartwig.”. ... more

David Carpenter

David Carpenter: Purpose-driven to the core

Nuclear scientist David Carpenter leads a life of discovery at MIT's Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. ... more

Monica Pham

Monica Pham: Advancing nuclear power and empowering girls

NSE sophomore Monica Pham researches fusion energy and promotes STEM opportunities for young women. ... more

Sara Hauptman

Sara Hauptman: Learning on the job

Before sophomore Sara Hauptman set foot in a nuclear science and engineering (NSE) class, she was learning to operate MIT’s nuclear reactor. ... more

Brandon Sorbom

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future

NSE graduate student, Brandon Sorbom, now in his sixth year at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), is researching how much radiation magnetic materials in fusion tokamaks can endure before they are compromised. He is specifically interested in high-temperature superconductors (HTS), a recently commercialized class of superconductor that could reduce the size and expense of future fusion projects. ... more

Rasheed Auguste

Rasheed Auguste: Advocating for change on campus and Capitol Hill

NSE senior Rasheed Auguste is fueled by passions for science, policy, and creating a more inclusive MIT. ... more

Caroline Colbert

Caroline Colbert: Paving a Path to Medicine

NSE senior Caroline Colbert had expected to pursue a career in nuclear power. But after working in a medical environment, she changed her plans. ... more

Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson: Experimenting with physics and policy

As a graduate student in MIT’s Laboratory of Nuclear Science (LNS) in the physics department, Brian Henderson applied his skills in physics to study sub-atomic particles, such as protons. He is now the first Stanton Fellow in Nuclear Science and Security. ... more

Benoit Forget

Benoit Forget: Unraveling complexities of nuclear reactors

By making detailed simulations of reactor cores, NSE’ Associate Professor Benoit Forget is helping to advance new designs. ... more

Silvia Espinosa

Silvia Espinosa: On the edge of discovery

A fourth-year nuclear science and engineering graduate student at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), Espinosa is seeking to understand phenomena observed in plasmas that fuel magnetic fusion devices like the Center’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak.. ... more

Jayson Vavrek

Jayson Vavrek: Turning particle detectors into weapons detectors

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) graduate student Jayson Vavrek got his start in high-energy particle physics, looking for the smallest forms of matter in the universe. Now at MIT, he uses the same tools and principles to verify nuclear weapons. ... more

R. Scott Kemp

R. Scott Kemp: A novel approach to a longstanding challenge in nuclear arms control

MIT researchers develop a “physical cryptography” for secure and accurate accounting of the world&rsqs nuclear arsenals. . ... more

Anne White

Anne White: A passion for plasma

Physicist Anne White, the Cecil and Ida Green Associate Professor in Nuclear Engineering, has a fascination for the complexities of turbulence, and how to reduce it in fusion reactors. ... more

Cody Dennett

Cody Dennett: Scrutinizing radiation’s impact

Nuclear Science and Engineering doctoral student Cody Dennett cannot measure firsthand the powerful pummeling taken by structural parts in the heart of working nuclear reactors. Instead, he has developed novel experimental methods to reveal in real-time, high resolution detail the destructive impact of radiation on reactor components. ... more

Nuno Loureiro

Nuno Loureiro: A Theorist Seeks the Elusive Fundamentals of Magnetic Reconnection

As it pursues its mission of developing and applying nuclear for the benefit of society, MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) has cultivated a tightly integrated range of capabilities, from basic research to advanced implementation. The appointment of Nuno Loureiro as Assistant Professor of NSE will provide an important boost to the theoretical side of how plasmas work – the fundamental building block of fusion energy. ... more

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