MIT's Nuclear Science and Engineering Department has participated in nuclear security-related activities since its inception, and continues to address the issue on both the strategic and technical levels. Our work in the nuclear fuel cycle makes a top priority of minimizing the production of and access to weapon-usable material, and Department faculty and students were also central participants in a major interdisciplinary study, The Future of Nuclear Power, which provided guidance on security policy and technology. In the longer run, our fusion research could have important implications for the security aspects of nuclear power.
Our faculty members, research staff, students and graduates are today contributing to national and international non-proliferation goals, for example though leadership of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and development of new intelligence-gathering capabilities. Other work includes the development of advanced technologies for detection of special nuclear materials and other sensitive materials, application of risk assessment methodologies to nuclear security problems, and participation in programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
All engineering disciplines interact with society, but nuclear engineering is a special case, inexorably bound up with critical issues of our era: energy, the environment, and international security. ... more