• May 1, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

    Definitely would like to contribute to the nuclear fusion community. But where do I begin? Are there certain contacts I have to make in order to contribute towards nuclear fusion. Is it necessary for me to go to University to establish a professional relationship with the realm of nuclear fusion? Please let me know I'm seriously into helping contribute to the world.

  • May 2, 2019, 6:10 a.m.

    When you say you want to contribute do you mean you want to help the current endevours to make it work, or do you mean you want to solve it yourself?

  • Moderator
    May 2, 2019, 7:54 a.m.

    That would definitely help you in your aspirations. The field of nuclear engineering, be it with fission or fusion, is a highly complicated and advanced one drawing from all STEM fields, and requires a great expertise in them. Needless to say, a good deal of passion for the subject would also be desirable for long-term goals, although I see that you already have that.

    What exact degree you should go for is really a matter of what type of job you want to do with the nuclear sciences. To actually build the reactors, you would need to major in general physics, mathematics, and focus on nuclear physics and engineering. To be involved with facility construction/design would require more of the same, with some additional training in architecture. A lot of reactors (especially these new experimental fusion ones due to their complexity) are run and controlled by a labyrinthine complex of computers - so seeking out a education as a programmer, AI-coder or computer architect would also pay off. Before you can even be involved with the highly technical cutting-edge research of fusion technology, you would no doubt be engaged in near-constant lab work etc, as you try to get a Masters or (ideally) a PhD in some nuclear-related STEM field.

    Aside from funding and PR, there is not much a private citizen can do to directly contribute to fusion research. Your best bet would be to get a GOOD education in the sciences. I'm not trying to shot down your dream or anything, just giving you a realistic answer.

    I'd say these links would give you a good overview of the education you need:
    study.com/articles/Become_a_Nuclear_Scientist_Education_and_Career_Roadmap.html
    www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-become-a-nuclear-scientist.htm

  • May 2, 2019, 5:34 p.m.

    By your username you seem to also have a great passion for nuclear fusion!
    Thank you this is exactly the info that is needed for me at this point in time. I currently work as head of web development and marketing in our Digital marketing agency, and am willing to transition out of this career to help contribute to the acceleration of nuclear fusion. I understand that my present career path is highly profitable given I've only been a web developer for 3 years but am the heart of the company.

    But I'll definitely have a go at University as it has always been a dream of mine to get the Uni life. Albeit working as hard as I am at the moment in my current company.
    I may have a look into AI to see if the machine can model problems. That will be very interesting to see what kinds of workable models might suffice a net positive energy production for reactors.

    I also understand that SFIA is truly committed to realising that Nuclear Fusion once found to be viable will provide humanity one of the most important paradigm shifts in its human history! It's just that it isn't given that much of an exposure yet.

  • May 2, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

    I understand there is no way it can be solved by oneself... also that it is a bit egotistic to do so!
    Rather, I know that it has to be through part of a great team.
    Possibly increasing exposure to nuclear fusion as a means to the next paradigm shift in humanity will be useful. I understand that Elon Musk is working on alternatives to clean energy since nuclear fusion is still in early development and that Elon Musk is applying technology readily available for use, but implementing them through targeted projects with strict deadlines.

  • May 3, 2019, 12:54 a.m.

    Tbh one important thing that is lacking right now is communication. Commercial nuclear fission if attained solves climate change in one fell swoop. Reaching it grants such big rewards that dreams of infinite money should be pouring into its research, but most people don’t care and still think its impossible. To change that we need powerful communicators, people who excel at transmuting ideas and contagiante others with excitement around an idea.

    So if you’d like to help nuclear fission there are a lot of things you can do right now, besides shifting your career into nuclear physics.

  • Moderator
    May 3, 2019, 1:28 a.m.

    You are one of the first to pick up on that based on the name.

    There are many experiments in the works that partner with AI for tackling the so far tricky problem of maintaining a proper plasma equilibrium and reaching self-sustaining reactions. Here is an interesting video describing how one team is doing it:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4eTAYbuvyQ

    AI research and computer-architecture with some studies into nuclear physics would probably be a good choice for you. You already have some background in computer sciences with your web-developer job, so it should be an easier transition for you. As AI and deep learning algorithms helps us more and more with solving complex scientific tasks, more people trained to code and interact with those types of software will always be useful.

    It certainly will solve a lot of problems and open the gates for a new age of Humanity, but we should be careful not to OVERempathize its usefulness. For fusion power to be utilized to its fullest potential, other technologies and global policies must catch up. But the SFIA groups are certainly a great place to discuss this topic with many knowledgeable or open-minded people.

    This is true, but surely you mean FUSION in this context? Fission is a different nuclear process altogether and the one that we use currently in our reactors as the basis of power production.

    Even if you meant fission power, the above statement would still be valid. Newer fission power-plants are becoming increasingly cleaner and efficient, and exotic fissile materials like thorium would make for some powerful and safe nuclear power plants for the future, especially if fusion proves too expensive or difficult to achieve en masse.

  • May 3, 2019, 7:42 a.m.

    I meant To write fusion, some how it ended up fission. Either way you are absolutely right about fission (this time I meant it, i’m double checking my words).