Daniel Dix, 2012, Operations Research and Financial Engineering

The purpose of my internship was to study the history and development of nuclear fission in the mid-1900s and learn from both past triumphs and mistakes. Over the summer, I scoured Princeton libraries for information regarding different prototype reactors, such as the Boiling Reactor Experiment (BORAX) series at Argonne National Lab, looking for technical details as well as the purpose of the reactor itself. By examining the lessons learned in the past, items applicable to the present can be highlighted, helping the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) achieve it’s mission of providing a workable fusion pilot plant.