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Leslie Dewan
Most Creative People 2015

Leslie Dewan

CEO, Transatomic Power | Cambridge, MA

For throwing salt on traditional nuclear technology
Most Creative People

As the cofounder and CEO of Transatomic Power, Leslie Dewan leads a nuclear energy startup that intends to transform the power industry. Armed with a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT, Dewan and her colleagues are building an innovative reactor using a “next generation” design that is both safer and more efficient than the current fleet of nuclear power stations. Dewan has so far succeeded in recruiting a brilliant staff of scientists and advisors—as well as $6 million in funding, from investors such as Peter Thiel—to sustain the company through its next few years of experimentation and development. The goal is to build a small prototype plant by 2020. After that, Transatomic will scale up to commercial power plants that aim to be far cheaper, and far cleaner, than today’s plants that utilize coal or natural gas to generate electricity.

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