Anna Erickson (Nikiforova)

  • Program Years: 2008-2011
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Nuclear Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Richard Lanza
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2010)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011;
    M.S. Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008;
    B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Oregon State University, 2006

Current Status

  • Status: Assistant Professor, Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Research Area: Nuclear Engineering


J.J. Sienicki, A. Moisseytsev, D.C. Wade, Erickson (Nikiforova), "Status of Development of the Small Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor (SSTAR) for Worldwide Sustainable Nuclear Energy Supply," Proceedings of ICAPP 2007, Paper 7218, Nice, France, May 13-18 (2007)

Erickson (Nikiforova), E. Shwageraus, P. Hejzlar, N. Todreas, "Flexible Conversion Ratio (FCR) Lead-Cooled Reactor," Proceedings of The Second Tokyo Tech-MIT Symposium on Innovative Nuclear Energy Systems (ITs-INES 2), Tokyo, Japan, July 23-25 (2007)

Erickson (Nikiforova), P. Hejzlar, N. Todreas, "Thermal Hydraulics of Liquid Lead-Cooled Flexible Conversion Ratio (FCR) Reactor," Proceedings of American Nuclear Society International Meeting, Washington DC, November 11-15 (2007)

A. Nikiforova, P. Hejzlar, N. Todreas, J. Whitman, C. J. Fong, R. Petroski, "A 2400 MWth Liquid Lead-Cooled Flexible Conversion Ratio (FCR) Reactor," ICAPP 2008, Anaheim, California, June 8-12 (2008)

A. Nikiforova, P. Hejzlar, N.E. Todreas, "Lead Cooled Flexible Conversion Ratio Fast Reactor", Nuclear Engineering and Design, 239, 2596-2611 (2009)

N. E. Todreas, P. Hejzlar, Erickson (Nikiforova), R. Petroski, E. Shwageraus, C.J. Fong, M.J. Driscoll, M.A. Elliott, G. Apostolakis, "Flexible conversion ratio fast reactors: Overview," Nuclear Engineering and Design, 239, 2582-2595 (2009)

P. Hejzlar, N. E. Todreas, E. Shwageraus, Erickson (Nikiforova), R. Petroski, M. J. Driscoll, "Cross-comparison of fast reactor concepts with various coolants," Nuclear Engineering and Design, 239, 2672-2691 (2009)

B. Yildiz, A. Erickson (Nikiforova), S. Yip, "Metallic interfaces in harsh chemo-mechanical environments," Nuclear Engineering and Technology, 41, 1, pp. 21-38 (2009)

A. Erickson (Nikiforova), B. Yildiz, "Reaction of Strained Fe Surfaces and Oxygen: A First Principles Study," Proceedings of Materials Research Society Annual Meeting, Boston MA, November 31-December 3 (2009)

A. Erickson, A. Galaitsis, R. Lanza, M. Hynes, A. Bernstein and Br. Blackburn, "Design and Fabrication of Cherenkov Counters for the Detection of SNM ", AIP Conference Proceedings, Crete, Greece, June 2011, in print

A. Erickson, R. Lanza, M. Hynes, Br. Blackburn, A. Bernstein and S. Dazeley, "Cherenkov Counters for the Detection of Gamma Rays from Active Interrogation", IEEE Conference Proceedings, Valencia, Spain, October 2011, in print


Best Poster Award, American Nuclear Society Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NE, November 7-11, 2010
Outstanding Student Service Award, MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, 2009
Novice Poster Award, DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship Conference, Washington DC, July 2009
Best paper in Reactor Design Section, 2007 ANS Student Conference, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
American Nuclear Society Graduate Scholarship Award, 2006 and 2009
Undergraduate Student of the Year of Nuclear Engineering Department, OSU, 2006