Materials Science and Engineering
North Carolina State University
I am a computational materials scientist using Density Functional Theory to model corrosion of steel and zirconium alloys under the conditions inside a pressurised light-water nuclear reactor. I am working with other major universities and national labs as part of the DOE's CASL program. The long term goals of the program is to simulate a full nuclear reactor in a computer. The motivation for this ambitious project is to learn how to increase the efficiency, extend the lifetime, and increase the safety of the nation's 104 operating nuclear reactors, I am proud to be a part the "Nuclear Renaissance" and our best source of carbon-free electricity.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
I think SETI@home is doing the right thing in targeting the starts identified by the Kepler telescope to have planets. Since observation time is limited on steerable telescopes, I think the 'piggyback' approach taken at Aricebo is still valuable. I'm happy to run either on my computers.
My primary concern is what if no one is broadcasting? Will other civilisations be assuming everyone else is broadcasting?
Could we find another civilisation as they could find us, through signal leakage? Should we look for harmonic signals from extra terrestrial ground-based radar, or alien satellite communications? Could we detect such signals? What frequencies would they be on?