Mitch Negus

Mitch is coming off his first year of graduate study at the University of California Berkeley where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in computational nuclear engineering. Before moving to the Bay Area, Mitch earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and performed nuclear physics research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Aiming to improve nuclear energy’s ability to meet the demand for widespread, sustainable, and reliable power, his current research involves simulating nuclear reactors and improving the computation behind reactor physics calculations. Through his studies at Berkeley, he has also cultivated an interest in machine-learning, and he is looking to begin research connecting machine-learning algorithms to nuclear engineering applications.

Outside of academics, Mitch is an active member of the Berkeley Nuclear Environmental Outreach Group. This is a team of students looking to make nuclear science—and especially its merits as an environmentally conscious energy source—accessible to the general public. He also loves to run competitively, and spends most of his spare time training in the Berkeley hills.