In memory of Dr. Mujid S. Kazimi

The Jerusalem Fund mourns the passing of Dr. Mujid S. Kazimi

Contact: Zeina Azzam
(202) 338-1290

WASHINGTON, D.C. (6 July 2015) – The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is saddened by the loss of Dr. Mujid S. Kazimi, Professor of Nuclear Engineering at MIT, one of the world’s foremost educators and researchers in nuclear technology, and one of the pillars of our community, who died suddenly on Wednesday in China. He suffered a heart attack while visiting Harbin Engineering University to participate in an international advisory committee.

Dr. Kazimi held faculty appointments in MIT’s Departments of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) and Department of Mechanical Engineering, and was director of both MIT’s Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems and the Kuwait-MIT Center for Natural Resources and the Environment. He served as NSE’s department head from 1989 to 1997.
Dr. Kazimi was born in Jerusalem in 1947, and later moved with his family to Amman, Jordan. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from Alexandria University in Egypt in 1969, then came to MIT, where he earned an SM in 1971 and a PhD in 1973. Before joining the MIT faculty in 1976, Kazimi worked briefly at Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Brookhaven National Laboratory. 
Dr. Kazimi was an expert in the design and analysis of nuclear power plants and the nuclear fuel cycle. According to the NSE director Richard Lester, Dr. Kazimi was dedicated to the advancement of the profession, and advised governments, universities, and research institutions on the development of nuclear energy. He authored over 200 scientific papers, and co-authored, with Neil Todreas, a two-volume textbook, “Nuclear Systems.”
Dr. Kazimi is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nazik Denny, by three children (daughter Yasmeen and sons Marwan and Omar), and by three grandchildren. We send our condolences to his family, while we acknowledge his many contributions not only to the field of nuclear science, but to the communities struggling for a just peace in Palestine. May he rest in peace.


The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that maintains three programs. The Palestine Center hosts educational briefings and publishes analysis of the Palestinian experience and U.S. policy in the region. The Humanitarian Link provides short-term grants on a quarterly basis to humanitarian organizations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and surrounding refugee camps. The Jerusalem Fund Gallery hosts art exhibits, workshops, film screenings, concerts and more that showcase the rich artistic heritage of the region.