Ronald Ballinger

Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, BSME, Feb. 1975
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM (Nucl. Eng.), Sept. 1977
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SM (Mat. Sci.), Feb. 1978
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ScD (Nucl. Mat. Eng.), Feb. 1982


(617) 253-5118


  • Energy
  • Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials
  • Structural Materials


Research Interests

  • Environmental effects on materials behavior
  • Electrochemistry
  • Corrosion
  • Advanced materials for fusion systems advanced statistical and experimental techniques for experimental analysis
  • Nuclear fuel performance analysis

Recent Professional Service

  • US Department of Energy Technical Assistance Group (TAG) for Disposition of N-Reactor Fuel
  • US Department of State Technical Advisory Committee on Conditioning of North Korean Reactor (DPRK) Fuel
  • US Department of Energy Technical Advisory Committee on Disposition of Savannah River Reactor Site Metallic Fuel
  • American Nuclear Society, Materials Science and Technology Division, Committee Member

Major Product Development

Responsible for the conception, development, and bringing to commercial acceptance of a super alloy, Alloy 908, for use in cryogenic magnet systems. This alloy was chosen as the sheath material for ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

Six current DMSE faculty members have been elected to the National Academy for Engineering.