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Our lives revolve entirely around electricity. Dennis Whyte, a Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, has a vision for how we can consume energy in a cleaner, nearly limitless way. It’s called magnetic fusion—the same process that keeps our sun and stars burning bright. To recreate that power, a group of researchers at MIT are working to bring a star to earth—that is, they’re engineering a device that uses powerful magnetic fields and advanced superconductor materials. It’s not science fiction, it’s happening right now at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center in Cambridge, MA. In this future-facing TEDx talk, Dennis Whyte talks through the development of a revolutionary energy device that can change our world in a very big way.

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Dennis Whyte

Dennis Whyte

Dennis Whyte is a professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University du Quebec in 1992 while studying at Canada’s national fusion research facility, the Tokamak de Varennes in Montreal. Dr. Whyte’s primary research focus is on experimental solutions to the numerous problems caused by plasma-surface interactions (PSI) in magnetic confinement fusion power reactors. PSI science touches on nearly every aspect of plasma and material sciences, and the complex coupling between the two.

Dr. Whyte is also interested in ion beam surface analysis. Prior to his position at MIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at University of Wisconsin at Madison. He served on the NRC’s Review of the U.S. Plan for Participation in ITER Committee.