NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT


Vivian Tran

Vivian Tran ’16

What were your interests in high school?
I was very interested in astronomy and astrophysics and had originally hoped to study this at MIT. I was also involved in community service organizations and was editor in chief of my high school newspaper.

What is your favorite activity outside of the classroom?
I love to read and write.

Why did you decide to major in course 22?
I had a lot of trouble deciding what to major in, and switched around from Physics to Neuroscience to finally Nuclear. I liked how multidisciplinary nuclear engineering is, and found that it gave me the chance to learn and integrate aspects from physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry, computer science, etc., while also grounding my studies to the human experience (from providing energy to the policy challenges).

What is you most memorable experience so far as a course 22 student?
I love socializing in our coffee break room and meeting new people in the department at our holiday parties!

What would you like to do after graduating?
Not sure yet.


Vivian is one of three NSE undergraduates participating in SuperUROP in AY2015–16. Her project focuses on predictive modelling and simulation plays a vital role in the design and licensing of nuclear reactors making it imperative that all physic interactions be represented as accurately as possible. The project will seek to develop an algorithm that can take advantage of new multipole cross section representation while still preserving the resonant scattering kinematics. Basically, Vivian is trying to make sure the physics and random nature of nuclear interactions are being treating correctly in the simulations, and figure out ways to make the simulations run faster and require less memory.

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