Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Physics and Astronomy

Document Type



The signing of the Iranian nuclear deal during the Summer of 2015 highlighted the threat of nuclear proliferation from foreign powers, but largely overlooked the rise of nuclear energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). With growing energy demands and heightened environmental regulations, countries in this region are turning to nuclear power to fuel their next generation. However, the rise of nuclear power in the MENA region holds serious implications for the future of the area’s energy, economic, and social reforms that have largely gone unexplored as a whole thus far. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the impact of nuclear energy on regional economies through assessing the oil market and uranium supply and demand and analyzing the societal impacts through examination of job growth associated with such a large scale project and the advancement of education, research, and the rights of women in response to the new industry.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

David DiMeo


International Business | Nuclear | Physics