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Working to make nuclear energy more competitive

Through research on high burnup fuels and improving the design of nuclear power plants, the second-year doctoral student, Assil Halimi is adopting a dual approach to addressing some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

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Ericmoore Ericmoore Jossou joins NSE and EECS in summer 2023

Jossou is one of eleven new faculty members join six of the School of Engineering's academic departments and institutes.

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Mingda Li wins NSF grant to study sustainable topological materials

Li along with his co-PIs from MIT, UCSB, and Boston College will work to accelerate research in topological quantum materials.

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Spotlight: Understanding boiling to help the nuclear industry and space missions

Always fascinated by physics, Florian Chavagnat is propelling his love of the science to answer fundamental questions about heat transfer that will shape the success of nuclear power plants — and extended missions in space.

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Spotlight: Helping the cause of environmental resilience

Haruko Wainwright believes environmental monitoring can empower citizens to make informed decisions about their energy and environment.

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Scientists identify new mechanism of corrosion

NSE collaborative research on molten salt corrosion shows that controlling one-dimensional wormhole corrosion could help advance power plant designs

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Preparing students for the new nuclear

MIT Leaders for Global Operations’ collaboration with the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering trains leaders for a rapidly evolving industry.

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Video: NSE Alum Mareena Robinson Snowden ’17 wins 2022–2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award

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NSE Alum wins Energy Storage Innovations Prize

NSE Alum and co-founder of Electrified Thermal Solutions, Dan Stack, is one of 10 winners of the DOE Energy Storage Innovations Prize that focuses on nascent and emerging technologies that disrupt or advance current state-of-the-art energy storage research areas.

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Spotlight: An evolutionary shift from the local (nano) scale to the global

Eight years ago, Jacopo Buongiorno’s career took a turn from a focus on technical to a broader engagement with the global nuclear ecosystem, and there’s been no turning back.

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Spotlight: Working to Make Nuclear Energy More Competitive

Through research on high burnup fuels and improving the design of nuclear power plants, the second-year doctoral student is adopting a dual approach to addressing some of the industry’s toughest challenges.

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Engineers discover a new way to control atomic nuclei as “qubits”

Using lasers, NSE's Ju li, Paola Cappellaro, Haowei Xu and other researchers can directly control a property of nuclei called spin, that can encode quantum information.

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Spotlight: Tribute to a hale, hardy, and accomplished fellow

Prolific, eclectic physicist Richard Lanza came to MIT in 1966 for a two-year postdoc and ended up sticking around for a while.

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Spotlight: Bilge Yildiz wins Rahmi M. Koç Medal of Science

Award recognizes scientists of Turkish origin younger than 50 who have made outstanding contributions to their fields.

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A new way to assess radiation damage in reactors

NSE’s Mike Short and a team of researchers designed a tool that enables faster measurements of the condition of some nuclear reactor components, potentially extending their lifetimes.

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Spotlight: Probing plasma

Investigating the solar wind flowing past Earth, MIT physicist and professor of nuclear science and engineering, Ian Hutchinson finds solitary waves that might arise within fusion devices.

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A faster experiment to find and study topological materials

NSE’s Mingda Li and a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard, Princeton and ANL have shown that Using machine learning and simple X-ray spectra, can uncover compounds that might enable next-generation computer chips or quantum devices.

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NSE’s Nuno Loureiro elected as fellow of the American Physical Society

One of six from MIT elected this year, Prof Nuno Loureiro is recognized for “transformative contributions to the theory of magnetic reconnection and for elucidating the fundamental role of hierarchical reconnection phenomena in plasma turbulence, with broad applications in laboratory, space, and astrophysical systems.”

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NSE’s Ian Hutchinson wins 2022 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics

AIP Publishing has selected Prof Ian Hutchinson as the recipient of its 2022 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics for his paper, “Electron holes in phase space: What they are and why they matter.”

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Spotlight: Pursuing a practical approach to research

Winner of a prestigious award from the American Nuclear Society, Koroush Shirvan has pursued avenues to lower the costs of nuclear energy.

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Spotlight: Simulating neutron behavior in nuclear reactors

Amelia Trainer’s work is fundamental to understanding how nuclear reactors operate. A passion for computer modeling and poetry have stood her in good stead through her research career.

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Spotlight: High energy and hungry for the hardest problems

Fusion physics pioneer and MIT climate change leader Anne White hopes to help “save the world with nuclear”

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