R. Scott Kemp is the MIT Class of '43 Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 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 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 focuses on radiation measurements for nuclear security applications. (more...)
Michael Short is the MIT Class of '42 Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He is a metallurgist with interests in measuring the fundamental mechanisms of radiation damage. His research with LNSP includes nuclear forensics and environmental detection of clandestine plants. (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...)
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...)
Jenifer Shafer is Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Colorado School of Mines. She studies the solution chemistry of the f-orbital elements relevant to solid-liquid and liquid-liquid separations chemistry. She collaborates with LNSP on the environmental detection of clandestine plants. (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...)
Rachel Carr is a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in LNSP. Her background is in experimental particle physics, and her current work is on new techniques for cooperative threat reduction. Previously, Rachel was a Pappalardo Fellow in the MIT Department of Physics and an AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate. She received a PhD in Physics from Columbia University in 2015 and a BA in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2009.
Graduate 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...)
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.
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.
Julie Logan is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. As part of a military family, she enjoyed the privilege of growing up all around the country, but landed at the University of Virginia for her undergraduate degree where she double majored in Physics and Systems Engineering with a Computer Science minor. (more...)
Néstor A. Sepúlveda is a Ph.D. student in the department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT. He specializes in energy economics and policy, and his research focuses on developing combining operations research, machine learning, and data analysis to guide near-term investment and planning decisions to impact long-term decarbonization of power systems. (more...)
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.