About Whatisnuclear.com

We are a group of (youngish) nuclear engineers hoping to help the world learn some interesting and important information about nuclear energy. We find ourselves explaining things like waste recycling and passive safety over and over to a diverse and rather receptive audience. We aim to enlighten the public about the capabilities of nuclear energy so that society may embrace it as an improvement in many aspects over current energy sources. Someday, we may be able to run the planet purely on solar power or on fusion, but until then, we consider nuclear fission to be the energy source with the best capacity to produce world-scale energy responsibly. This website is non-profit, build entirely by volunteers. We have no funding and no ads.

Philosophy

In order for a technology to be convincingly superior to others, it must not only present compelling advantages, but also must concede to its weaknesses and demonstrate acceptable responses to its harshest criticism. Nuclear energy has drawbacks. We won’t try to cover these up, but rather will try to present them clearly and explain or propose solutions to the problems. Too many times have we read that this or that is the only thing that can save the planet. We will avoid this hysteria and strive to provide calm and true information and perspectives.

Affiliations

This page was originally started by nuclear engineering students at the University of Michigan, but we have since graduated and moved into various other institutions. All information and opinions on this site are our own perspectives, and do not represent the views of our employers. The site servers and DNS hosts are funded out of our contributor’s pockets and all writing is done for free on our own time.

Contacting us

You can reach us privately via the contact form or you can stir up some discussion publicly by posting on our Facebook site. Feel free to do either or both! We’d love to hear from you. If you want, you can encrypt your message against this public key.


Contributors

Nick Touran

Nick Touran, Ph.D.

Articles, editing, sysadmin
I’m a reactor physicist working on the design of an advanced nuclear reactor for a nuclear innovation company, where I’ve been since 2009. I have a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan based on the multiobjective optimization of fast reactors using perturbation-based equilibrium cycle methods. Here’s my dissertation.
Natallia

Natallia Pinchuk

Articles
I'm Natallia. I was born in Belarus. I was a nuclear engineer working in industry and now I got my MBA and am working in consulting. I also have a BSE and MSE in nuclear engineering.
Brian Wagner

Brian Wagner

Articles
I'm Brian. I'm a nuclear engineer working in regulation. I have an MSE in nuclear engineering.

Others

Articles, consultation
  • Dr. Robert Petroski, Ph.D., MIT
  • Dr. Jesse Cheatham, Ph.D., Univ. of Michigan
  • Dr. Brian Johnson, Ph.D., MIT
  • Adam Hoffman, Univ. of Michigan
  • Prof. Rachel Slaybaugh, Ph.D. Univ. of Wisconsin