How does a boy who was born in London after his parents moved there from Nigeria for his mother to complete her PhD, become an award-winning researcher at MIT? This is the story of Richard Ikewe, one with a surprise twist during his senior year that led to the path he is on today.
Richard Ibekwe is a Nuclear Science and Engineering PhD candidate at MIT working at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, dedicated to long-term fusion research, focusing on magnet technology. His research involves the development of high-temperature superconducting cables and magnets that are tolerant to dropouts (defects that cause a local drop in critical current density). His research is part of the SPARC project. He graduated from MIT with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Science and Engineering and in Mechanical Engineering.
Scripture: Psalm 19:1–“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”