NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT


NSE Spotlights 2021

Rachel Bielajew, MIT

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.

Bilge Yildiz, MIT

Electrochemistry, from batteries to brains

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

Limiao Zhang, MIT

Crossing disciplines, adding fresh eyes to nuclear engineering

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

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

Madhumitha Ravichandran, MIT

The boiling crisis — and how to avoid it

PhD student Madhumitha Ravichandran identifies the three main factors that trigger the boiling crisis through machine learning models

Ashley Finan, MIT

Leading with nuclear innovation

MIT alumna, Ashley Finan, aims to put US in the forefront of advanced nuclear energy technologies that could prove pivotal in the clean energy transition

Richard Ibekwe, MIT

Understanding imperfections in fusion magnets

MIT Energy Fellow Richard Ibekwe finds flaws in high-temperature superconducting tapes, so they can be measured, fixed or embraced

Arunkumar Seshadri, MIT

A practical path toward discovery

Doctoral student, Arunkumar Seshadri leverages radiation and other tools as he seeks enhanced materials for nuclear reactors