Simulation Used to Spur Design Development for Nuclear Power

Nuclear power is a key player in the future of clean energy, and multiple companies are pursuing new technologies to maximize nuclear’s contribution to the clean energy space. Founded in 2011 and based in Cambridge, MA, Transatomic Power is an advanced nuclear technology startup developing and commercializing a molten salt reactor (MSR), or a nuclear reactor whose fuel is in liquid, rather than solid, form. This technology, originally developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in the 1960’s, offers multiple safety and cost benefits over traditional nuclear reactors, in which the fuel is in the form of solid pellets cooled by water.

Tranatomic’s MSR design builds on the original work at ORNL and adds a few innovative new features that reduce the reactor’s size and, as a result, it’s cost – a huge factor in building new nuclear power plants. Though the development process is a long one, the world needs a larger capacity for clean energy generation, and it’s this ultimate goal that drives the Transatomic team forward. Continue reading

Women in Tech and the NAFEMS World Congress

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About 6 weeks ago, I attended the NAFEMS Multiphysics and Multiscale conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA. I have witnessed the benefits women in tech bring to their companies and themselves and make a habit of counting how many women are at these events. I am excited when the number of women exceeds 10% of the attendees. This event did not quite meet that benchmark. Most conferences I attend in the simulation space do not. As a woman in tech with a keen interest in increasing the number of women in engineering and technology as well as promoting and supporting those already there, I find this disheartening. Continue reading