Nuclear energy expert, Anna Erickson

Anna Erickson

Associate Chair for Research and Woodruff Professor

George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering and Sam Nunn School of International Affairs

Anna Erickson is a sought-after expert on the potential benefits and risks of nuclear energy.

Anna Erickson’s work focuses on bridging a critical gap between the reactor engineering and nuclear nonproliferation communities by integrating theoretical reactor analysis and design and experimental detection. She serves as director for the Consortium for Enabling Technologies and Innovation, a group of 12 universities and 12 national laboratories tasked with developing new technologies and educational programs to support the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear science, security, and nonproliferation goals. She is also a co-author of Active Interrogation in Nuclear Security: Science, Technology, and Systems, published by Nature Springer, and more than 100 journal publications, conference proceedings, and presentations.

News and Recent Appearances

Scientist explains promise of a nuclear fusion breakthrough

CBS News

Energy Department officials are promising to share details on what's billed as a major breakthrough in the field of nuclear fusion. CBS News' John Dickerson explores the potential significance with Professor Anna Erickson, who teaches nuclear and radiological engineering at Georgia Tech

For nearly 2 decades, Grand Canyon tourists were exposed to radiation beyond the federal limit, safety manager says


Anna Erickson, associate professor of nuclear and radiological engineering at Georgia Tech, said the uranium exposure at the museum is unlikely to have been hazardous to visitors.

“Uranium ore contains natural (unenriched) uranium which emits relatively low amounts of radiation,” Erickson said. “Given the extremely low reading (zero above background) 5 feet away from the bucket, I’m skeptical there could be any health hazards associated with visiting the exhibit.”

Bhatti, Erickson Selected for ELATES Leadership Program for Women in STEM

As fellows, Pamela Bhatti and Anna Erickson will participate in a yearlong program designed to elevate their leadership, project management, and communication skills.

Nuclear weapons hidden in cargo containers won’t remain hidden for long


“The gamma rays of different energies interact with the material in very different ways,” Anna Erickson, an assistant mechanical engineering professor at Georgia Tech, says. “And how the signals are attenuated will be a very good indicator of what the atomic number of the hidden material is, and its potential density.”