Michael Short is the MIT Class of '42 Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Prof. Short has earned four degrees from MIT, in Nuclear Science and Engineering and Material Science and Engineering. His work covers a broad range of topics where materials and nuclear engineering intersect. He is particularly interested in corrosion in hostile environments, adhesion mechanisms that cause fouling, and the fundamentals of radiation damage. Professor Short's current research is focused on identifying a fundamental and measurable unit of radiation damage, which forms the basis of an LNSP project in which novel methods are being developed to forensically reconstruct the radiation-exposure histories of materials. Prof. Short also works on spectroscopic measurements of uranium particulates for the detection of clandestine nuclear facilities.