During my Systems Engineering undergraduate studies at the United States Naval Academy, I had the opportunity to take a course in Nuclear Engineering. This course not only sparked my interest, but illuminated my undiscovered passion and fascination with nuclear energy. In pursuing a Masters in Philosophy in Nuclear Energy at Cambridge, I hope to acquire the technical expertise, policy skills, and economic knowledge necessary to lead the advancement of nuclear energy as a principal source for the energy needs of the future. The world needs abundant, clean, cheap, and safe energy, for it has implications for the preservation of our planet and also for the improvement of millions of lives. While nuclear energy is not the sole answer, it will play an integral role in meeting this global energy need. I am interested in helping to solve the social and economic obstacles associated with nuclear energy as well as overcoming the technical challenges in making safer and more efficient reactors. Following my studies at Cambridge, I will be serving in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine force and hope to use the knowledge and experience gained through post-graduate education to facilitate my development as an officer and as an agent for change around the world.