Mitchell Whalen

Mitchell Whalen is an undergraduate student in the Nuclear Plasma and Radiological Engineering department at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign focusing on power, safety, and the environment. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in the state during his earlier years before moving to Montpelier, Vermont. He lived in Vermont for 9 years before graduating high school and moving to Champaign-Urbana for college. During his time in Illinois, he took several elective courses focused on nuclear waste management, including a collaborative course with the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology taught at the SKB research facility in Sweden.

He is spending his final summer at UIUC working as the technical editor for an Advanced Reactor Fuel Cycle research group and serving as a peer advisor for iVenture, the university’s start-up accelerator program. Mitchell spends his free time watching sports, discovering new music, and cooking new foods from around the world.