Young Professionals

CSC Young Professionals

About Erica, the CSC YP Chair

Erica Salazar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT and conducts research at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center. She is working on high temperature superconducting magnet design and research for the SPARC project. Her thesis work primarily focuses on the quench dynamics and quench detection of HTS cables for fusion energy applications. Erica has 8+ years of experience working with superconducting magnets for fusion applications. Prior to MIT, Erica worked at General Atomics as a mechanical engineer on the ITER Central Solenoid superconducting magnet manufacturing project. She commissioned and managed the reaction heat treatment process for the 120 ton, Nb3Sn superconducting modules. Additionally, Erica supported the design, commissioning, and operation of the final test station—where the fully manufactured module is to be tested under cryogenic conditions near operating currents.

Message from Erica: 

As Chair of the CSC Young Professionals, I will lead a committee of outstanding Young Professionals who are passionate about outreach, networking, development, and community.  These four pillars will guide the future initiatives to serve and grow our wonderful community of young professionals within IEEE and beyond!

If you are interested in being a part of the CSC Young Professional committee, please contact me using my contact link to the right. 


Erica Salazar

Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Cambridge, USA
1 (Northeastern U.S.)

IEEE Young Professionals (YP)

IEEE Young Professionals is an international community of enthusiastic, dynamic, and innovative members and volunteers. IEEE is committed to helping young professionals evaluate their career goals, polish their professional image, and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network. 

What are the benefits for IEEE Young Professionals?

As an affiliated member of the Council on Superconductivity IEEE Young Professionals, you have access to numerous benefits geared toward Continuing education, career resources & recognition, access to technically current publications, and numerous opportunities to build your personal professional network.

Do you qualify as an IEEE Young Professional?

If you are a current member of IEEE and are within 15 years from your 1st degree you are automatically are a member of the affinity group of IEEE young professionals.

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Contact IEEE Council on Superconductivity Young Professionals with ideas and proposals for serving your technical community. By personally taking the lead in opportunities to serve your community, you will become recognized in your field of expertise, widen your professional network, and build the foundation upon which your career will grow.