ESP Biography



JOSHUA PAYNE, MIT Junior in Nuclear Engineering and Physics




Major: Nuclear Engineering

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Past Classes

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Walkthrough of MIT's Nuclear Reactor MIT-R in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
See a nuclear reactor first hand! With this once in a lifetime experience you can go inside the containment dome and see how a reactor operates first hand. Note: Cameras, cellular phones, bags, backpacks, coats, suit jackets, etc., are permitted in the administrative building but are not permitted on the tour. ALSO, please note that the tours are at Sat. 11/21 1:30 - 2:15 p.m., Sat. 11/21 4:15 - 5:00 p.m., and Sun. 11/22 2:45 - 3:30 p.m. They tours do not necessarily start or end at the start or end of the period. You should come to the meeting place at least twenty minutes beforehand.


Intro To Fission Power in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Learn about how abundant clean energy is produced on a daily basis through nuclear power. This course covers the basics of radiation, the fission process, and how nuclear power plants work.


How to make a star: Intro to Nuclear Fusion in Splash! 2009 (Nov. 21 - 22, 2009)
Come learn about the ultimate power source in the universe! Nuclear Fusion is the combining of two nuclei and in the process releasing a ton of energy. Come learn about plasmas hotter than the center of the sun, lasers that are as powerful as nuclear weapons, and machines that have magnetic fields so strong that they can levitate superconducting rings that weigh as much as a car.


Fusion: Generating the Power of the Sun in Splash! 2008 (Nov. 22 - 23, 2008)
Nuclear fusion is often called the energy source of the future, but it always seems to be just 30 years down the road. Fusion energy from the sun is responsible for sustaining life on Earth. Without fusion, you wouldn't even be here today. However, we can't harness the power of the sun. Instead, we need to figure out how to make our own fusion power- and in a way, make our own sun. In this course, we will be discussing current fusion basics and what fusion could look like 30 years from now.