Posted on: 2nd September 2014

Monday 25th of August 2014 saw the award of the very first diploma of the new MSc programme Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion, at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands. The proud recipient was Kevin Verhaegh.

This 2-year full time Fusion Master is an interdisciplinary MSc programme that is fully dedicated to nuclear fusion energy, combining elements from Applied Physics, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The programme was started in view of the need for a new generation of fusion scientists and engineers, the generation that will build, run and exploit ITER and contemporary machines worldwide, and design and build DEMO. The international character of fusion research and the work in interdisciplinary groups are important in the program, as are the socio-economic aspects of fusion energy. Of course, the programme fulfills all criteria for the European MSc Fusion Certificate, which has been established by European fusion scientists under coordination of FuseNet.

Kevin is the first student that completed this dedicated ‘TU/e fusion Master’. During his studies, Kevin did internships at JET and F4E. His graduation research was on the exotic ‘cluster fusion’ phenomenon: fusion reactions induced by the interaction of a femto-second laser pulse with tiny droplets of deuterium and tritium. He will continue his research in fusion with a Ph.D. study in York and Lausanne.