Learning by doing: Undergrad embraces innovation in nuclear

Fast-moving startups are shaking up the nuclear industry with new energy and ideas, and their innovations are inspiring the next generation of nuclear leaders to embrace an entrepreneurial mindset.

“Startups are a very new development in the nuclear industry,” says Jake Quincey, a senior in engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s only within the past decade that these startups have really popped up, and some are now getting to the point where they’re actually implementing their technology.”

Excited by the bold ideas these startups are developing, Quincey was motivated to gain entrepreneurial and business skills that will give him an edge in the evolving nuclear industry. That led him to participate in the Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp at the University of California, Berkeley, in summer 2018. Read more about Quincey’s experience here.