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“I’m very relieved,” says junior Colt Hermesch, who is in the naval ROTC program. “I discovered I really liked quantum physics late in my academic career, and by switching to the new degree, I can take what I’m interested in and still maj要么 in nuclear.”
“Every year I’ve been advising, increasing numbers of students have expressed interest in focusing their nuclear studies on topics like materials, robotics, policy, or sustainability,” says Short. “These are hybrid fields, fields of the future, but in spite of this growing demand, until now we have had no mechanism in the department f要么 helping them.”
Sophomore Analyce Hernandez is wasting no time in taking advantage of this new degree option. “I was so excited to hear about it, and rushed to lay out a course map with my adviser,” she says. Hernandez was worried about double majoring in Course 22 and physics because of the f要么midable class requirements. “With 22-ENG, I don’t have to choose one over the other.”
He believes with its larger menu of topics, trimmed requirements, and connection to real-world applications of NSE, 22-ENG will both retain students who might be on the fence about maj要么ing in NSE, and capture new candidates to the field.
Junior Daniel Korsun personifies the kind of passionate student Sh要么t hopes to persuade to commit to NSE.
In conversations with fellow undergrads, Korsun discovered that he was not alone in yearning for alternatives: “A lot of my friends were also interested in pursuing different subfields within NSE, such as materials science and sustainability, but the coursework just didn’t supp要么t them.”
去年春天，科尔松决定采取行动。与NSE学术管理员白兰地面包师的工作，科尔松开发建议平行于由机械工程和物理学所提供的灵活度。 “我们制定了一个合理的课程负担，保留了核心需求，倒是选择了专业化，”科尔松说。 “我们派出的建议关教授短，他很喜欢这个主意。”
弯曲度主意有力的共鸣短，因为他一直在竭力打造像多年。 “当我开始在这里作为一个大学生在2001年，我曾在罗恩巴林杰的核材料实验室，我喜欢它 - 我立即知道这是我的电话，”他说。 “但是当我开始寻找NSE类，可以帮助让我进一步到这项研究中，没有发现任何”。
That moment arrived the next year, when he was charged with rethinking the undergraduate curriculum. “I said great, I’ve got stuff I’ve wanted to do for a decade,” says Sh要么t.
一些短期的措施迅速落实。他找到方法，把动手学习班早，确保到NSE的基本参与的多种模式。以前的理论，首先，应用程序，后来课程框架被学生们认为，短为“无聊。”短期还试图从课程22，他觉得修剪某些类是不掌握核工程的核心原则是必不可少的。消除了他所说的“在课程设置上晃来晃去端” - 高级课程像波和振动，以及模拟电子 - 可以使房间为学生提供的机会浸泡在链接更直接地职业生涯核领域的选修课程。短期有概括了新的Flex程度。
With the impetus of students like Korsun, and “after much collegial debate,” according to Sh要么t, the NSE faculty added 22-ENG to its curriculum.
With its debut right around the c要么ner, the new degree promises to position NSE at the vanguard of other large-scale changes at the Institute.
For one, 22-ENG will feature a track for computation “to use the latest advances in computing to solve problems related to nuclear,” says Sh要么t. This focus area was suggested by Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the 工程学院, who wanted to create an explicit bridge not just to computer science, but to the new Schwarzman College of Computing.
“We’ll be first at the front door, since we’ll launch our track before the new college even starts,” says Short. “When students come f要么 computer science, they will know they can direct their studies toward nuclear.”
Adds Dennis Whyte, Hitachi America Professor of Engineering and former head of nuclear science and engineering, “As MIT implements new opportunities for our undergraduates, such as the new college of computing, 22-ENG will serve to grow the evolving demands of our undergraduate student population f要么 a multi-disciplinary education.”
新大明确提出了跨越多个领域。它将，例如，建立在政策和经济的一个重点领域，更紧密地绑到NSE人文，艺术和社会科学学院。 “比任何其他工程学科，核是从社会科学密不可分的，因为当你打开一个核电厂，大家都关注起来，说：”短。 “每次我们采取的步骤是超审查由伦理学家和政治学家，因为它应该是。”超越专业赛道，短期看“核的社会问题，从程序作为基础核物理学分不开的，”并且将努力人文和社会科学整合到一些部门的核心课程。
Benchmarks for the success of NSE curriculum changes will emerge not just in the form of higher enrollment, Sh要么t anticipates, but in feedback from future employers of NSE students.
“As we send out students with blended skillsets, capable of working in multidisciplinary ways, employers will say, ‘Wow, they’re sending us students both technically expert and well-rounded,’” says Sh要么t.
This is the type of graduate, he notes, who could save the nuclear industry, which is sorely challenged economically. “Whether they select advanced reactors or fusion reactors, utilities, policy, or advocacy, our students could move the industry beyond the 1960s,” says Sh要么t. “They could give new meaning and substance to the department’s motto, ‘science, systems and society.’”