The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Dr. Andrew T. Nelson is a research scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics followed by his M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are focused on the study of thermophysical properties of both metals and ceramics at high temperatures, with an emphasis on materials for nuclear applications and development of advanced experimental techniques.
Currently, Nelson is the Ceramic Fuels Irradiation Testing Lead within the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle Research and Development program and leads the Fuels Research Laboratory at Los Alamos.
In the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, opinion makers and policy makers, alike, have worked internationally to pique interest in thorium as a possible alternative fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.