Leslie Dewan

  • Program Years: 2010-2013
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Nuclear Waste Materials
  • Academic Advisor: Linn Hobbs
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2011)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013
    B.S. Nuclear Science and Engineering, and B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007

Current Status

  • Research Area: Nuclear Waste Materials


Molecular dynamics simulation of the thermodynamic and transport properties of the molten salt fast reactor fuel LiF-ThF4. Journal of Nuclear Materials, in press. (first author)

Topological analysis of the structure of self-irradiated sodium borosilicate glass. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, December 2012. (first author)

Modeling Radiation-Induced Alteration of the Network Topology of Alkali Borosilicate High-Level Waste Glass. International Conference on the Chemistry of Glasses and Glass-Forming Melts, September 2011. (first author)

Topological Modeling of Radiation-Induced Structural Alterations of Amorphous and Amorphizable Solids for Nuclear Waste Applications. The 19th University Conference on Glass Science: Glasses for Energy, August 2011. (first author)

Topological Exploration of Structure and Defects in Amorphous and Amorphizing Solids. University of Michigan Colloquium, February 2011.

Modeling Radiation-Induced Alteration of the Network Structure of Alkali Borosilicate High-level Waste Glass. Proceedings of The Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, December 2010. (first author)

Radiation-Induced Alteration of Network Structure in Sodium Borosilicate Glass. American Nuclear Society Transactions, November 2010. (first author)

Atomistic Simulations of Radiation Damage Resistance in Network Glasses. Proceedings of Innovative Materials Immune to Radiation, August 2010. (first author)

Modeling Alteration of Borosilicate High-level Waste Glass Networks in a Radiation Environment. Proceedings of The American Ceramic Society Glass and Optical Materials Division Spring Meeting, May 2010. (first author)

Ancient Maritime Trade Between Ecuador and Western Mexico on Balsa Rafts: An Engineering Analysis of Balsa Raft Functionality and Design. Journal of Anthropological Research, Volume 64, Number 1, 2008. (first author)

Design for a Compact Neutron Interferometer. Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Volume 97, 2007.


Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, 2010 - present.

Forbes 30 Under 30, 2012.

Named an MIT Presidential Fellow, 2008-2009.

Undergraduate research was funded by the Paul E. Gray Fellowship, MIT.

Awarded first place in the 2007 American Nuclear Society Undergraduate Student Design Competition for "Design for a Compact Neutron Interferometer.”