Thiago David Olson
Thiago David Olson (born 1989) is an electrical engineer who became known as a teenager for his research in Nuclear Fusion and Neutron Sciences. As a 17-year old, attending Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Olson created a homemade nuclear fusion reactor. In his article Neutron activation analysis using an inertial electrostatic confinement fusion device he indicated that his apparatus did not produce surplus energy.
For this work, he received a first place Special Award given by the AVS/VTD in 2007 in connection with a second place prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2007, section Physics and Astronomy
He studied at Vanderbilt University and Princeton University. In 2009, he was one of three students to receive a SMART scholarship, which supports students who demonstrate interest in conducting applied research.
The planet 23262 Thiagoolson has been named after Olson for his research in nuclear fusion and neutron sciences.
- Teen builds basement nuclear reactor, Popular Science
- Stephen Ornes: Radioactive Boy Scout, Discover Magazine, March 2007
- “Neutron Activation Analysis Using an Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Reactor,” Thiago David Olson of Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills, MI AVS Newsletter, Fall 2007, page 3, 2007 Intel 58th International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
- Sabine Griffith: High school student achieves fusion in basement, ITER newsline, April 4, 2007
- Winner Announcement, PH048: Neutron Activation Analysis Using an Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Fusion Reactor, Thiago David Olson, 17, Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills, Michigan
- 6 awards in 3 years: SMART, Venderbilt School of Engineering, December 2, 2010