Anna Kudriavtseva is a Ph.D. student in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at MIT studying high temperature gas-cooled reactor physics. Her research focuses on graphite shielding and neutronic analysis. Her ultimate research goals are to decrease the cost of operational expenditures and simplify civil and mechanical structures. She holds M.S. and B.S. degrees with honors in nuclear physics and technologies from National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) in Russia.