Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the CEO of Transatomic Power, a nuclear-reactor design company developing safe and environmentally friendly power plants that run entirely on nuclear waste. The reactors consume the waste, reducing its radioactive lifetime while generating enormous amounts of electricity.
Leslie received her Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 2013, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. She also holds SB degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. Before starting her Ph.D., she worked for a robotics company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she designed search-and-rescue robots and equipment for in-field identification of biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.
Leslie has been awarded an MIT Presidential Fellowship and a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. She is a member of the MIT Corporation, MIT's board of trustees. She has been named one of Time magazine's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35," and a Forbes "30 Under 30" in Energy.