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2021 News

Rapid Covid detector, MIT

Sensor based on quantum physics could detect SARS-CoV-2 virus

Mathematical simulations show the new approach may offer faster, cheaper, and more accurate detection, including identifying new variants.

Fiber Battery, MIT

World’s longest flexible fiber battery

MIT engineers produce a rechargeable battery that can be woven and washed, and could provide power for fiber-based electronic devices and sensors.

Cong Su, Yixiang Liu, MIT

2020–2021 Del Favero Prize Lectures

The Del Favero Thesis Prize winners Dr. Cong Su (2020) and Dr. Yixiang Liu (2021) will present their lectures on December 15.

Efield scattering, MIT

Radio-frequency wave scattering improves fusion simulations

By incorporating the scattering of RF waves into fusion simulations, MIT physicists improve heating and current drive predictions for fusion plasmas.

Diablo Canyon

Options for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

Researchers argue the plant could provide multiple benefits for California, including desalinated water and clean hydrogen fuel.

MITEI Seed Grants, MIT

Two NSE projects win MITEI Seed Fund grants

Jacopo Buongiorno, Jeffrey Freidberg, Koroush Shirvan, and Dennis Whyte receve MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund grants for their early-stage energy research projects. Awards support research to improve the efficiency, scalability, and adoption of clean energy technologies.

Mike Short, MIT

VIDEO: Mike Short — Wizard Professor

Professor Mike Short is a wizard professor, casting spells on his students, whom he refers to as "raw stuff" and "absolutely brilliant" as he leads them through personalized, unique, and often outrageous-sounding assignments that help them not only understand, but also come to love the subject.

Laura Grego, Bilge Yildiz, MIT

Six from MIT named American Physical Society Fellows for 2021

NSE’s Bilge Yildiz and Laura Grego along with Lydia Bourouiba, Hong Liu, Thomas Peacock, and Lindley Winslow, are named 2021 fellows for their contributions to physics.

dynamic quantum symmetry, MIT

Creating dynamic symmetry in quantum systems

MIT researchers develop a new way to control and measur eenergy levels in a diamond crystal could improve qubits in quantum computers

NSE GAAP graphic, MIT

Mentorship program, important step toward DEI efforts at NSE

The NSE’s Graduate Application Assistance Program (GAAP) is a step toward fixing that inequity. The launch comes at a time when there is a growing momentum to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields.

Haowei Xu, MIT

MathWorks fellow, Haowei Xu, is creating faster, light-driven computer technologies

Xu, a PhD student in NSE, is seeking new, more efficient materials to be utilized for the construction of computer components.

controlling magnets, MIT

MIT researchers find a new way to control magnets

Reversible system can flip the magnetic orientation of particles with a small voltage; could lead to faster data storage and smaller sensors.

Anne White, MIT

Anne White to co-chair the Climate Nucleus

White and Selin will lead a new faculty committee to drive MIT's climate action plan over the next three years.

HTS magnet, MIT

MIT-designed project achieves major advance toward fusion energy

New superconducting magnet breaks magnetic field strength records, paving the way for practical, commercial, carbon-free power.

2021 UROP Festival, MIT

NSE UROP Summer Research Festival

Friday, September 3, 2021. 1:00 PM eastern Time. Showcasing undergraduate research in the Department.

many-body licalization, MIT

A peculiar state of matter in layers of semiconductors

MIT researchers demonstrate a superlattice, embedded with nanodots, that is immune from dissipating energy to the environment, could benefit quantum computing

electrolyte deposition, MIT

Using graphene foam to filter toxins from drinking water

MIT-led research team fashions graphene foam into device that can extract uranium and other heavy metals from tap water.

vapor collection, MIT

Vapor-collection technology saves water while clearing the air

System could reclaim pure water from power plant cooling towers; at-scale prototypes tested on MIT facilities have proven effective.

Michael Short, MIT

Investigating materials for nuclear power

A longstanding interest in radiation’s effects on metals has drawn Michael Short into new areas such as nuclear security and microreactors.

W Robb Stewart, MIT

Waging a two-pronged campaign against climate change

With a nuclear energy startup and cost-modeling tool, PhD student Robbie Stewart aims to speed construction of new plants for decarbonizing the economy

Nuclear Batteries, MIT

Why nuclear batteries offer a new approach to carbon-free energy

Jacopo Buongiorno and others say factory-built microreactors trucked to usage sites could be a safe, efficient option for decarbonizing electricity systems.

Sow-Hsin Chen, MIT

Professor Emeritus Sow-Hsin Chen, global expert in neutron science and devoted mentor, dies at 86

Novel contributions advanced dynamical properties of supercooled water and small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering over a 50-year career.

SEM of boiling surfaces, MIT

Infrared cameras and artificial intelligence provide insight into boiling

Matteo Bucci and colleagues train a neural network to predict a “boiling crisis,” with potential applications for cooling computer chips and nuclear reactors.

Mingda Li, MIT

Mingda Li wins DoE Early Career Award

Mingda Li received a 2021 Early Career Research Award given by the DoE Basic Energy Sciences Program for his work in machine learning augmented multimodal neutron scattering for emergent topological materials.

Mike Short, MIT

Michael Short wins 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Awards

Short, one of 23 winners of the 2021 Teaching With Digital Technology Awards, was nominated for excellence in digital teaching for both fully online classes as well as those which were a hybrid of online and in person.

Theo  Mouratidis, MIT

Going to extremes

Whether testing high-field fusion magnets or his own physical endurance, Theo Mouratidis pushes the limits.


Congratulations NSE Graduates!

MIT’s virtual commencement ceremony is on June 4th. Twenty-four NSE students graduate this year.

neutron detector, MIT

Novel portable technology offers boost for nuclear security, arms control

Areg Danagoulian and MIT team devise compact, affordable system for identifying elemental composition of nuclear and other materials.

Awards event, MIT

2021 NSE + ANS Annual Awards

The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and the student chapter of the American Nuclear Society hosted their annual awards event virtually on May 20, 2020.

Solar in Tinginaput, MIT

Keeping humanity central to solving climate change

NSE’s Mike Short and a team of MIT scholars are helping to solve the economic, cultural, and political dimensions of the world’s energy and climate challenges.

MIT Symposium on Climate Action, MIT

Collaborators in climate action

NSE faculty, alums discussed benefits and challenges of MIT–industry research collaborations targeting technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a recent MIT symposium on climate action.


On course to create a fusion power plant

How an MIT engineering course became an incubator for fusion design innovations

battery cube, MIT

Powering the energy transition with better storage

Researchers evaluate the role and value of long-duration energy storage technologies in securing a carbon-free electric grid.

Nuclear solutions, MIT

Nuclear solutions for society — past and present

NSE’s Rose Lecture focuses on evolving role of nuclear technologies in meeting grand challenges, including the climate crisis

electrodes, MIT

New approach for longer lasting, more powerful lithium batteries

Use of a novel electrolyte could allow advanced metal electrodes and higher voltages, boosting capacity and cycle life.

Nuclear Systems, MIT

Third Edition of Nuclear Systems Volume I

The third edition introduces the principal characteristics of emerging technologies in advanced reactor designs using alternate liquid metal, gas, and molten salt coolant options, and expands chapters to include new analysis approaches and correlation methods.

machine learning, MIT

A streamlined approach to determining thermal properties of crystalline solids and alloys

Machine learning techniques offer big advantages over standard experimental and theoretical approaches.

Erica Salazar, MIT

NSE’s Erica Salazar one of 20 selected WISDM fellowship

Women in Innovation and STEM Database at MIT has selected 20 women to take part in a Story Collider communications skills training. The program promotes the visibility of women in the MIT academic community, increases gender diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship, and makes it easier to find talented and diverse speakers for various events.

Mike Short, MIT

NSE’s Mike Short named 2021 MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Short joins an elite group of scholars from across the Institute who are committed to curricular innovation, scientific research, and improving the student experience through teaching, mentoring, and advising.


2021 Graduate Research Expo

The 2021 NSE Graduate Research Expo will be held virtually on March 19 from 11:00AM to 12:45PM, EST.

Nuclear Batteries, MIT

A nuclear battery-powered boost

New consortium led by Jacopo Buongiorno advances portable fleet of compact reactors as faster path to zero-carbon future.

William D. Magwood IV, NEA

Mr William D. Magwood IV to deliver 2021 Rose Lecture

Mr. William D. Magwood IV, Director-General of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), will deliver the 2021 David J. Rose Lecture on March 4, 2021.

Quench detection, MIT

New fiber optic temperature sensing approach to keep fusion power plants running

MIT’s Erica Salazar shows that faster detection of thermal shifts can prevent disruptive quench events in the HTS magnets used in tokamak fusion devices.

Mike Short, MIT

“Futurizing” undergraduate teaching

Associate Professor Michael Short's innovative approach can be seen in the two nuclear science and engineering courses he’s transformed.

Michael J. Driscoll, MIT

Michael J. Driscoll, leader in nuclear engineering and beloved mentor, dies at 86

Emeritus professor’s contributions over a span of seven decades advanced nuclear waste disposal and fuel cycle development

Winter School Graphic, MIT

NSE Nuclear Winter School Goes Virtual. January 12 & 13, 2021

The Nuclear Winter School is an opportunity for current undergraduate students to explore the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department and MIT.