Principal Investigators

R. Scott Kemp is Associate Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, and director of the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Security and Policy. His research combines physics, engineering, and the history of science to draw more clearly the limits and policy options for achieving international security under technical constraints. (more...)


Areg Danagoulian is the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He received his S.B. degree in physics from MIT and Ph.D. in Experimental Nuclear Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests focus on technical applications in nuclear security. (more...)


Richard C. Lanza is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. His interests are primarily in the area of developing novel techniques and instrumentation for nuclear and radiation detection, including for the detection of special nuclear materials. (more...)


Affiliated Faculty

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Richard K. Lester is the Japan Steel Industry Professor and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he oversees the international activities of the Institute. His research focuses on systems of innovation, with an emphasis on the energy and manufacturing sectors. He collaborates with LNSP on nuclear-reactor safety and nuclear-energy policy. (more...)


Michael Short is the Norman C. Rasmussen Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He is a metallurgist with interests in fractalline fouling deposits, in-situ proton dosimetry, MSR corrosion and fouling, giant 2D lattices, and measuring the fundamental mechanisms of radiation damage. He collaborates with LNSP on nuclear forensics. (more...)


Zach Hartwig is Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He received his PhD working at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT in 2013, where he helped develop an in-situ, accelerator-based method to investigate interactions of plasmas with plasma-facing materials in tokamaks. He collaborates with LNSP on particle accelerators and radiation measurements for nuclear security. (more...)


Research Scientists

Brian Henderson received his Ph.D. in experimental hadronic physics at the MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science in 2016, studying the electromagnetic structure of the proton on the OLYMPUS experiment. He joins LNSP as a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow to work on the nuclear physics aspects of monochromatic cargo interrogation and zero knowledge warhead verification. (more...)


Doctoral Students    [ Alumni

Ruaridh Macdonald is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. In 2014 he joined the zero-knowledge group in LNSP, where he works on monte-carlo modeling of image methods, statistics, and experimental design. Ruaridh previously worked on designing a portable version of MIT's Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature reactor. (more...)


Aditi Verma is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, where she also earned her undergraduate degree. Her doctoral research focuses on technology-organizational interactions of nuclear safety. (more...)


T.D. MacDonald is an Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He grew up on the east coast of Canada in the small town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick before heading west to the University of Waterloo where he completed a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. He then spent a few years in Toronto developing cancer nanomedicines. (more...)


Jayson Vavrek is an Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He works on modeling nuclear-resonance fluoresence for LNSP's Zero Knowledge Warhead Program. He completed his B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Alberta in 2014, where most of his research focused on the ATLAS particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider. (more...)


 

Ellie Immerman is an Ph.D. student in the MIT Program on History; Anthropology; and Science, Technology and Society. She works on the sociology of arms control experimentation and knowledge, technocracy, and neuroethics.


 

Rachel Connick is an Ph.D. student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. She works on nuclear forensics for uranium enrichment plants using metallurgical methods. (more...)


 

Jimmy Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He works on superconducting cyclotrons for cargo security applications.


 

Bobby Nelson is a Masters student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and then moved to New York to complete his B.S. in Physics at the United States Military Academy at West Point. (more...)


 

Jeremiah Collins is a Masters student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He works on information security for warhead verification.