James Penna, President

James Penna is the UW chapter’s President. As of writing he is a third-year PhD student in the University of Washington’s aeronautics and Astronautics department. His research is in plasma physics and nuclear fusion, working in the HIT-SI lab under Professor Tom Jarboe on the Helicity Injected Torus –Steady Inductive 3 (HIT-SI3) experiment. James performed his undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earning a B.S. in Physics, class of 2015 and is from Long Island, NY. He has performed research projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and General Atomics. His main research interests are in nuclear fusion however he has a broad expertise of most fields of physics and nuclear science. He enjoys martial arts, weightlifting, hiking and Japanese animation.

Kate Evans, Vice President

Kate Evans is an undergraduate student pursuing a major in Comprehensive Physics and Latin and a minor in Mathematics. She is interested in the physics behind nuclear power and hopes to eventually make a career out of it. In She is also active in the STEM research done at INMM, specifically working on the Thorium MSR. Outside of school, she works as a Physics and Math tutor, as well as an SAT/ACT coach. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, and her hobbies include running and painting.

Christina Lindberg, Treasurer

Bruno Fiorentini, Policy Director

As policy officer with INMM, Mr. Fiorentini is responsible for reaching out to faculty and students in order to present their research at the INMM Annual Conference. Mr. Fiorentini also assists with gathering experts to come and speak at our panel events regarding nuclear policy. Mr. Fiorentini is currently enrolled in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, where he is working toward a BA in the Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Peace and Security track, with departmental honors. Outside the Jackson School, Mr. Fiorentini is an avid golfer. He is interested in pursuing a career in policy, foreign affairs and law. Mr. Fiorentini has lived in Brazil, Australia, Singapore, and now the United States. He is also fluent in Portuguese.

Hiroki Watanabe, Outreach Director

Nihal Uppugunduri, Webmaster

Nihal Uppugunduri is the webmaster for the UW chapter of INMM. He is an undergraduate physics student at the University of Washington with a passion for math, science, computer science, and anything else he has time for. He studied and self-studied those subjects in middle and high school and gained work experience in college through software engineering internships at Google and Facebook. He is from sunny California.


Justin Collins, President

Ian Bartlett, Vice President

Min Kim, Secretary

Kate Evans, Treasurer

James Penna, STEM Officer

Bruno Fiorentini, Policy Officer

Michael Waelstrom, Marketing Chair

Nihal Uppugunduri, Webmaster


Sarah McPhee, President

Teyloure Ring, Vice President

Jennifer Jarrett, Secretary

Igor Sirotkin, Treasurer

Stanley Jiasheng, STEM Officer

David Wishard, Policy Officer


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