Daniel Ospina

Mentor: Dr. Jim Baciak
College of Engineering
"Ever since I was in 6th grade I've harbored a passion for nuclear fusion, captivated by the promise that it holds in revolutionizing the power industry. With rising demand for energy and dwindling reserves of non-renewable fuel, it is necessary for humanity to transition to clean, inexhaustible, and potent sources of energy. Currently, nuclear fusion reactor design and plasma confinement are widely researched topics around the globe, attracting a breath of talent in numerous academic fields of engineering and natural sciences. To be part of this international effort is exhilarating for me, since each step forward is a tremendous leap for mankind. Fusion is at the forefront of modern technology. What a time to be alive! ."


Nuclear Engineering



Research Interests

  • Nuclear Fusion Reactor Design
  • Plasma Physics
  • Nuclear Reactor Materials

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program(2016)
  • Dean's List
  • Nuclear Engineering Award


  • American Nuclear Society
  • Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers



Hobbies and Interests

  • Writing poetry
  • Swimming
  • Reading
  • Basketball

Research Description

Computational Analysis of Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Reactor With GEANT4
Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC) uses high voltages to induce fusion of light nuclei, where the atoms combine to release energy in the form of electromagnetic radiation and high-speed nucleons. Due to conduction losses and other physical limitations, IEC reactors are inadequate for commercial power but can be used for isotope production, a neutron source, and for further plasma physics research. One objective of this project is to use the computational power of GEANT4, a Monte Carlo code, to model ion and electron transport with addition of focusing grids and determine whether it enhances the fusion rate. I'm also interested in experimenting with different reactor geometries and it's effect on the overall efficiency. Once this is accomplished, a parametric study on structure, components, materials, and power sources for a prototype will be performed as well as cost analysis.