Ethan Chaleff

Ethan Chaleff is a Ph.D. Candidate in Nuclear Engineering at The Ohio State University. Born and raised in New Jersey, he has lived in Ohio since 2008 when he began attending Case Western Reserve University to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. During that time, Ethan worked at GE on an extended co-op in their combustion engineering division, participating in engine certification for the GEnx engine. He was also the captain of Case Western’s Baja-SAE team and was awarded the School of engineering Award for Excellence in Engineering both his junior and senior years. During his studies, he realized that Nuclear Energy systems were a challenge he could devote his career to and he changed his major to Mechanical Engineering while pursuing independent study in nuclear engineering. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he began his graduate studies at Ohio State in 2012 on the NASA-Steckler Space Research Grant.

Ethan is currently a Department of Energy NEUP Fellow investigating radiation heat transfer effects in advanced reactors under Dr. Thomas Blue. He has spent a summer as an intern at Oak Ridge National Lab developing simulation packages for the design of advanced molten salt reactors. His thesis research will focus on experimental and computational quantification of the infrared absorption spectrum in candidate salts for advanced reactors. Ethan has been involved with ANS since he began graduate school, serving for one year as the ANS chapter president at Ohio State and attending numerous student and professional conferences. Outside of his graduate studies, Ethan is an avid rock climber who always knows the driving distance between the city he’s in and the nearest mountain.