Two MIT graduate students have provided an inside look at MIT’s network of nuclear facilities and labs that mimic the footprint of a national lab.
It is only recently that MIT have converted a row of former cracker-storage warehouses into a cutting edge Nuclear Physics lab on Albany Street between Massachusetts Avenue and Pacific.
Grad students Brandon Sorbom and Leigh Anne Kesler from MIT prestigious Course 22 (aka the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering) produced a video giving a rare tour of what it’s like to work inside a network of facilities and labs that, all told, mimic the footprint of a national lab.
Ian A. Waitz, dean of the School of Engineering explained that “Nuclear science and engineering is one of our longest bets, but its possible payoffs could save the planet […] students in Course 22 take design courses on nuclear power and radiation safety; researchers are advancing solutions for nuclear disarmament; an alumni startup is developing a reactor that will generate less waste than current reactors — and in October, the engineers and scientists running the Alcator C-Mod fusion reactor got the world’s attention by setting new record. After 50 years of effort, the prospect of sustainable fusion power looks like it could be achieved in our lifetimes.”