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Students discuss their concerns with nuclear energy industry leaders and policy-makers

The 2014 Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD), a 17-member body including MIT graduate students Daniel J. Curtis and Jake M. Jurewicz from the department of nuclear science and engineering and Matthew C. Ellis of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, met last Thursday with various nuclear energy leaders and industry representatives. They also met with executive and legislative offices, according to the MIT News Office.

The News Office stated the MIT group met with Senator Elizabeth Warren and discussed the special scientific value of the Alcator C-Mod tokamak facility and expressed its gratitude for her support of the facility’s funding. They also discussed NESD policy priorities, particularly their concerns about the funding of both undergraduate and graduate-level education in nuclear engineering.

Additionally, the group met with energy and technology specialists from the offices of members of Congress from Massachusetts and from their home states.

One of the goals of the student-run organization was to gain insight on current government operations in nuclear science and engineering.

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