The I'm a Nuke campaign was formed to change the image of the nuclear engineer and show the public that we are real people with diverse interests. We all became nuclear engineers for different reasons and have done many different things with our degrees and careers.
Meet Melanie, a nuclear engineering graduate student at MIT. She's from Montreal, has a Bachelor's in music, and describes herself as a "super hippie environmentalist." Her first memories of nuclear energy came from The Simpsons and the three-eyed fish in the lake on the show. She later realized that nuclear energy did not create three-eyed fish and that it could be used to power the world in a "green" way.
Melanie studies heat transfer at MIT, meaning that she figures out how to optimize the heat transfer from the reactor to the water/steam that spins the turbines, which then makes electricity. Thus, she is working on making nuclear power plants even more efficient. Watch Melanie's full interview below.