MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Tokyo Electric Power Company Professor in Nuclear Engineering

Director, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES)
Director, Science and Technology, Nuclear Reactor Laboratory

The Nuclear Energy Solution.

Jacopo Buongiorno

Nuclear Science Professor, MIT

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Nuclear Energy Expert

The far-ranging potential for nuclear power to solve some of the world's largest problems is a keystone for a wide range of issues and topics ranging from climate change to the modernization of industry and global supply chains. Jacopo Buongiorno is the world's leading expert on the applications and implications of nuclear power in the modern world.


The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World

Imagine a future where we can “plug and play” clean energy, anywhere, whatever the business.

Jacopo Buongiorno is the Tokyo Electric Power Company Professor in Nuclear Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Director of Science and Technology of the MIT Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. He teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in thermo-fluids engineering and nuclear reactor engineering.

Jacopo has published 90 journal articles in the areas of reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology. For his research work and his teaching at MIT he won several awards, among which the ANS Outstanding Teacher Award (2019), the MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellowship (2014), the ANS Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award (2011), the ASME Heat Transfer Best Paper Award (2008), and the ANS Mark Mills Award (2001)

Jacopo is the Director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES). In 2016–2018 he led the MIT study on the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World. Jacopo is a consultant for the nuclear industry in the area of reactor thermal-hydraulics, and a member of the Accrediting Board of the National Academy of Nuclear Training.

He is also a member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Space Working Group, a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (including service on its Special Committee on Fukushima in 2011–2012), a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, past member of the Naval Studies Board (2017–2019), and a participant in the Defense Science Study Group (2014–2015).

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