NEWS: Dennis Whyte

Tapping the MIT talent pool for the future of fusion

MIT graduate student Caroline Sorensen is using her talent for mechanical engineering to help advance a novel project within the domain of applied science: the commercialization of fusion energy.

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Kevin Woller: From student to mentor

“Once you start learning about plasma it points you towards fusion," says research scientist Kevin Woller, recalling his introduction to ion accelerators.

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Fusion power plant graphic, MIT

On the right path to fusion energy

New National Academies study recommends a pilot fusion energy program that aligns with MIT's fusion approach and SPARC project.

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Dennis Whyte, MIT

Dennis Whyte receives FPA Leadership Award

The Fusion Power Associates Board of Directors has awarded its 2018 Leadership Award to Prof. Dennis Whyte, Director of MIT’s PSFC and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

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Encouraging the next generation of fusion innovators

In memory of MIT alumnus Samuel Ing, his family has established a Memorial Fund to support graduate students at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) who are involved in the Center’s push to create a smaller, faster and less expensive path to fusion energy.

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3Q: Zach Hartwig on MIT's big push on fusion

Today, MIT announced plans to work with a newly formed company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), to realize the promise of fusion as a source of unlimited, safe, carbon-free energy. 

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VIDEO: Leigh Ann Kesler: Tracking erosion happening inside fusion devices

NSE PhD student, Leigh Ann Kesler who studies at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, dates her interest in fusion from an 11th-grade persuasive writing assignment. Inspired in part by her father’s interest in the potential of nuclear energy, she decided to investigate fusion.

Dennis Whyte, MIT

Dennis Whyte: Committed to caring

Professor Dennis Whyte has made community building a top priority and has made a significant impact in affecting positive change as the head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

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Monica Pham: Advancing nuclear power, empowering girls

When she was 16, Monica Pham mapped out her future. “My chemistry teacher was talking about how atoms could generate unlimited power,” recalls Pham. “I asked her what kind of person worked in this field, and when she said a nuclear engineer, I decided that’s what I wanted to be.”

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High intensity fusion

MIT’s Alcator C-Mod nuclear reactor winds down — and defines its legacy on its final run.

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VIDEO: Breakthrough in Nuclear Fusion?

PSFC Director, Dennis Whyte spoke at the MIT Club of Northern California — Nuclear fusion is the holy grail of energy generation because by fusing two hydrogen atoms together into a single helium atom it releases enormous amounts of energy, yet represents a clean, safe, sustainable and secure form of power.

Dennis Whyte with BBC Horizons host Adam Shaw.

BBC highlights MIT fusion research for upcoming news program

Host Adam Shaw interviewed PSFC Director and Nuclear Science and Engineering Department Head Prof. Dennis Whyte about the laboratory’s current project, the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, and MIT’s new vision for a smaller, faster, less expensive approach to fusion research.

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