Alyssa Hayes

Alyssa Hayes is a 2nd-year Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee. She received her bachelor's degree in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As a graduate researcher and a member of the Fusion Energy Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alyssa simulates plasma-material interactions in fusion reactors. Currently, she is investigating impurity transport in the scrape-off layer between the main plasma and the material wall.

Within the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Alyssa serves as the current Co-Chair of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Committee. As an undergraduate, she has served as the President of the Women in Nuclear student chapter and the Outreach Chair of the American Nuclear Society student chapter. Alyssa first became politically active during her internship for Illinois State Senator Melinda Bush. She continues to be passionate about equity, outreach, and service in STEM education today.