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Loureiro, Short, Hartwig on leadership team revisioning of the future of the MIT PSFC

Five from the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, including three NSE profs, assume new duties to support the growth of collaborations, research, and education at MIT

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MIT expands research collaboration with Commonwealth Fusion Systems to build net energy fusion machine, SPARC

New five-year agreement will support SPARC science, increase graduate students and postdocs, and support interdisciplinary work toward fusion power plants.

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NSE’s Dennis Whyte honoured with Alumni Achievement Award

Whyte is one of seven honorees this year to recieve Alumni Achievement Award given by the University of Saskatchewan.

Neil Todreas, MIT

Spotlight: In service to nuclear energy

From Rickover to advanced reactors, emeritus professor Neil Todreas pursues a lifelong commitment to carbon-free electricity.

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Nuclear Science and Engineering Annual Awards 2022

NSE and the student chapter of the American Nuclear Society hosted their annual awards dinner on May 11, 2022

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NSE’s Justin Kunimune wins prestigious LRGF fellowship to further his work in inertial confinement fusion

Kunimune will spend time at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory working with NSE alum Dan Casey PhD ’12 in Verena Geppert-Kleinrath’s research group, where he will develop new analysis tools to reconstruct the three-dimensional shapes of ICF implosions.

Kealoha Wong ’99, MIT

Poet Kealoha Wong’99 to speak at the MIT Classes of 2020 and 2021 Graduation Celebration

Kealoha Wong, Hawaii’s first poet laureate,became a professional poet in 2002 and has been featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices and made appearances on NBC, PBS, Food Network, and National Public Radio. His most recent work, “The Story of Everything,” is a science-based theater production that will premiere as a feature film at the 2022 Maui Film Festival.

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How the Universe got its magnetic field

By studying the dynamics of plasma turbulence, MIT researchers are solving one of the mysteries of the origins of cosmological magnetic fields.

Dennis Whyte, MIT

NSE’s Dennis Whyte honored with 2022 University of Saskatchewan Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award,

Whyte is one of seven honorees this year to recieve Alumni Achievement Award given by the University of Saskatchewan (USask). One of the university’s highest honours, this award is given to those who “embody the university’s aspiration to be what the world needs because of their significant accomplishments and contributions since graduating from USask.” Read profile

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NSE’s Amelia Trainer selected for 2022 Rickover Fellowship

Trainer is one of four graduate students selected for the fellowship in 2022. The Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering assists in preparing students for roles in naval nuclear propulsion and will support the broader objective of advancing fission energy development through the research efforts of the Fellows.

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Using excess heat to improve electrolyzers and fuel cells

MIT researchers team with Idaho National Lab to study and develop new technology that could help generate hydrogen and chemical industry ingredients with imporved efficiency

Climat Grand Challenges, Yildiz, MIT

Developing electricity-powered, low-emissions alternatives to carbon-intensive industrial processes

Co-led by NSE’s Bilge Yildez and DMSE’s Yet-Ming Chiang, The Center for Electrification and Decarbonization of Industry, unites MIT climate researchers to create scalable clean energy solutions under one roof. NSE’s Ju Li is one of sixteen collaborators who form the MIT team.

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MIT announces five flagship projects in first-ever Climate Grand Challenges competition

The winners of the first-ever Climate Grand Challenges will become multiyear flagship research projects, helping define a new research agenda focused on addressing complex unsolved climate problems and bringing high-impact solutions to the world on an accelerated basis.

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NSE’s Ju Li recognized for outstanding contributions in materials science and engineering

Ju Li, the Battelle Energy Alliance Professor in Nuclear Engineering and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering was selected to receive the The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Fellow Award, Class of 2022.

Sidney Yip, MIT

Spotlight: Eighty-six, and still looking ahead

Emeritus professor Sidney Yip reflects on a life in nuclear science and materials engineering, while planning his next act.

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2022 NSE Research Expo

The annual MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering’s Research Expo showcases groundbreaking research from NSE’s various labs.

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ANS Rapid Response Taskforce on Ukraine

An American Nuclear Society (ANS) Rapid Response Taskforce exists in order to provide factual, up-to-date information about nuclear safety and security around the world.

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Seeing an elusive magnetic effect through the lens of machine learning

An MIT team incorporates machine learning to facilitate the detection of an intriguing materials phenomenon that can lead to electronics without energy dissipation.

Changhao Li, MIT

Spotlight: Mining valuable insights from diamonds

A passion to understand natural science phenomena ignited Changhao Li’s love of quantum physics.

Zoe Fisher, MIT

Spotlight: Finding her way to fusion

Zoe Fisher’s undergraduate research journey leads to a role working on the SPARC tokamak

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Toward batteries that pack twice as much energy per pound

A team of researchers at MIT and Brookhaven National Laboratory have come up with a way of stabilizing the interfaces in solid-state lithium-ion batteries opens new possibilities.

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Trailblazing Women in Science

NSE’s Anne White is one of ten trailblazing women scientists featured in the most recent issue of Scholastic’s Science World — a classroom magazine that covers biology, physics, chemistry, earth science and engineering.

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School of Engineering welcomes new faculty

NSE’s Assistant Professor Haruko Wainwright is among seventeen new professors join the MIT community. Her research focuses on environmental modeling and monitoring technologies, with a particular emphasis on nuclear waste and nuclear-related contamination.

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Two NSE projects among 27 finalists in first-ever MIT Climate Grand Challenges

Center for Electrification and Decarbonization of Industry, led by Yet-Ming Chiang and Bilge Yildiz and Decarbonizing and strengthening the global energy infrastructure using nuclear batteries, led by Jacopo Buongiorno are finalists in the Climate Grand Challenges competition launched in July 2020.

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NSE’s Carolyn Carrington speaks at Annual MLK Celebration

The 48th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, held virtually on February 10 themed ‘Open your mind and heart to truth and love’

Richard Lester, MIT

Spotlight: Leveraging science and technology against the world’s top problems

From nuclear proliferation to climate change, Richard K. Lester taps research talent to map a path toward a sustainable planet

Areg Danagoulian, MIT

Spotlight: Building technological tools for nuclear disarmament

Associate Professor Areg Danagoulian credits mentorship with helping him establish a path through nuclear physics.

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An Urgent Call to Action on Climate Change Lays Foundation for New Strategic Plan from MIT’s Department of Nuclear Science & Engineering

A rebooted vision built around NSE’s motto — Science. Systems. Society. — lays the foundation for faculty, staff and students over the next few years.

Jack Hare, MIT

Spotlight: Mapping the depths of plasma physics

In his new lab where he will study how plasma behaves in the universe, assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering Jack Hare draws inspiration from spelunking.

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Seeing the plasma edge of fusion experiments in new ways with artificial intelligence

NSE graduate student Abhilash Mathews is testing a simplified turbulence theory’s ability to model complex plasma phenomena using a novel machine-learning technique.

Nina Andrejevic, MIT

Spotlight: Fast-tracking the search for energy-efficient materials

Doctoral candidate Nina Andrejević combines spectroscopy and machine learning techniques to identify novel and valuable properties in matter.

Lucio Milanese, MIT

Turbulence yields to topology

NSE PhD candidate Lucio Milanese expands a theory of turbulence to include both ionized and non-ionized fluids.

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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.

Rachel Bielajew, MIT

Spotlight: Helping make fusion a reality

Fusion has great potential as a carbon-free energy source but plasma turbulence presents a problem. Rachel Bielajew is taking on that challenge and helping make a better world—through science and community action.

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.

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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.

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Options for the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant

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

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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.

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Spotlight: Electrochemistry, from batteries to brains

Professor Bilge Yildiz finds patterns in the behavior of ions across applications

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Creating dynamic symmetry in quantum systems

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

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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.

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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.

Limiao Zhang, MIT

Spotlight: Crossing disciplines, adding fresh eyes to nuclear engineering

Graduate student, Limiao Zhang, sees surprising connections between the behavior of cars and bubbles.

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.

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