Eric Terpening

Eric is a Ph.D. pre-candidate in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University where he works with the CASL program. Eric received his B.S. degree in Physics from Western Illinois University in spring 2011, with minor concentrations in mathematics and philosophy. His current research interests involve reduced order modeling for the evaluation of atomistic properties using molecular dynamics simulations, with the end goal to simulate radiation damage in bulk materials. He also held an internship at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he investigated the possibility of soil activation from neutrons scattered by the beam stop on one of their particle accelerators.

Eric has long been a supporter of increased STEM funding, and believes this is the only way to cultivate the scientists that will make the discoveries that could change the world. In his free time Eric enjoys disc golf and biking, as well as host of other outdoor activities.