Jordan Parker-Ashe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Brief Bio: Jordan Parker-Ashe is a MIT freshman from Virginia Beach, VA. She is considering majoring in nuclear engineering, and then hopefully continuing on to medical school. Jordan is an ocean rescue lifeguard and an EMT, volunteering with MIT EMS. In her spare time, she loves to surf, hike, read, play piano, stargaze with her telescope, and play with her two German Shepherds. She would like to give a big thank-you to Professor Short, Rachel, Nouf, and everyone else who believed in her and supported her on this journey. She started by watching YouTube tours of MIT’s nuclear facilities- and now she has her own desk there.
Research and Academic Interests: Jordan is an undergraduate researcher in Professor Michael Short’s lab, the MIT Mesoscale Nuclear Materials Group. She is deeply passionate about nonproliferation, nuclear forensics, and the peaceful use of nuclear materials for sustainable power generation. In the context of nuclear archeology, she is currently studying the morphological properties of irradiated carbon fiber using several microscopy and DSC techniques, gearing up to write her very first paper for publication!