Grace Stanke, who studies nuclear engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is also Miss America 2023.

Stanke hopes that her message, “Clean energy, cleaner future,” will help change the perception of nuclear power, and increase public and political awareness of the sector’s benefits — not only the production of clean energy, but also advancements in medicine.

Stanke, president of UW-Madison’s chapter of the American Nuclear Society, has worked on nuclear fusion research in the HSX stellarator facility there. The HSX stellarator is one of three magnetic fusion experiments at the university, known for its plasma and fusion research program.

Read the interview in POWER Magazine: