Daniel Curtis

Daniel Curtis is a masters student in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Daniel graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering. Daniel worked as a research assistant in experiment and apparatus design for condensed matter studies during his time at UT. He also completed 5 summer internships at Raytheon Company, a major US defense contractor, in their Network Centric System division in McKinney, Texas. Daniel served as President of the UT chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS), where he led the first annual Prospective Student Welcome Days event in the UT Physics Department.

Daniel’s graduate research is on the development and analysis of hybrid nuclear energy system concepts, with a focus on the markets potentially served by large systems. He currently supports the Nuclear Oil Shale Project and the Fluoride-Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Reactor (FHR) with analysis of power conversion systems, potential markets, and system performance.

Daniel has additional experience organizing a nationwide program of educational engineering challenges for middle and high school students through his work with BEST Robotics, Inc. (BRI), where he currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors. Daniel has extensive experience through BEST in volunteer recruitment and management, public presentations, and development of organizational policies and procedures. Daniel also currently serves as the Public Information Officer of the MIT chapter of the American Nuclear Society.