Kurt Dominesey was recently awarded the Rickover Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering, sponsored by the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Naval Reactors Division and Naval Nuclear Laboratory. This fellowship is designed to address the DOE’s need for skilled personnel to advance the scientific and engineering technology underpinning naval nuclear propulsion and supports Kurt’s doctoral studies by providing 36 months of funding. This program also affords Kurt the opportunity to conduct research at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory over the course of two summer practicums. Following the completion of his degree, Kurt intends to continue his research in nuclear methods development as an employee of the Knolls Laboratory.
Congratulations to Professor Wei Ji for winning the 2018 Education Innovation Award presented by the RPI School of Engineering. This and other awards were announced at the annual Faculty Awards Dinner.
Prof. Wei Ji (MANE) belatedly received his 2018 School of Engineering Education Innovation Award from Dean Shekhar Garde and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Matt Oehlschlaeger. Congratulations Wei!
On May 23, Mathieu Dupont presented his research on the “Development and Characterization of Coupled Physics Critical Experiments for Multi-Physics Simulation Benchmarks” to his doctoral committee and passed his candidacy exam. After completing his experiments at RPI’s Reactor Critical Facility, he will now work on processing the data and preparing his dissertation.
Members of the NuCoMP group attended the PHYSOR 2018 conference in Cancun, Mexico last week. Mathieu Dupont presented his paper, “Development of Critical Experiments to Provide Validation Data for Multiphysics Coupling Codes”. Matthew Eklund presented his paper entitled, “Neutronics Modeling and Simulation of Temperature-Dependent Experiments Performed at the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) Using Proteus-SN.” These two presentations are part a joint research project, which has been gaining recognition in the community–it was even mentioned in the opening plenary.
Peter Kowal passed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission examination to become a Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) at the Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF). He adds to the list of NuCoMP members who have become SROs at RPI’s reactor. As an SRO, Peter helps support the operational activities of RCF, including the critical reactor laboratory class, tours for students and technical groups, and ongoing research.
Members of the R-NEAMS research group attended the ANS Winter Meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Matthew Eklund presented his research “Neutronics Simulations of the RPI Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF) Using Proteus-SN”. Mathieu Dupont gave a talk about his research, titled “Design of Neutronics and Thermal Hydraulics Coupling Critical Experiments.”
Former members Chris Morrison and Andrew Pavlou were also in attendance.
Several R-NEAMS group members were recognized at Rensselaer’s 24th annual Honors Convocation. The event was held in the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) on October 28, 2017 during Family Weekend.
Sam Walker was recognized for winning the Department of Energy’s Integrated University Program Fellowship. This fellowship covers tuition expenses for three years, it also provides an opportunity to conduct research at a DOE National Laboratory for a summer.
Jaron Senecal was awarded the RPI Founders Award of Excellence. The Founders Award of Excellence was established in 1994 to honor students who embody qualities of creativity, discovery, leadership, and the values of pride and responsibility at Rensselaer.
On Tuesday, April 25, Christopher Morrison presented his doctoral work entitled “Improving Prompt Doppler Feedback Using Micro-Engineered Heterogeneous Composite Matrix Nuclear Fuel”. His doctoral committee approved, and he is set to graduate officially in August. He is planning on a career in industry developing nuclear technologies that enable space travel.
Three members of R-NEAMS have successfully defended their master’s theses and are set to graduate in May.
Manuel Franco’s thesis is titled “Modeling the Effects of Ion Strike Displacement Damage on the 3D Reciprocal Space of Silicon.” After he graduates he will be joining the Legacy Engineer Program at the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Generating Station in Arizona.
Beren Evans defended his thesis titled, “Evaluation of Shielding Performance for Newly Developed Composite Materials.”
Ferheen Qureshi’s thesis is titled, “A Performance Investigation of the GE-14 Nuclear Fuel Bundle with Weighted Objective Functions.” She is planning to work as an associate fuels engineer for the cycle management department at Exelon’s corporate office in Kennett Square, PA.
Three members of the Rensselaer NEAMS research group attended the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting which was held November 6-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mathieu Dupont presented on “Development of Critical Experiments to Benchmark Moderator Temperature Reactivity Worth.” Matthew Eklund also reported on his research in “Computational Modeling, Simulation and Analysis of the RPI Walthousen Reactor Critical Facility (RCF).” Jaron Senecal presented the latest results of his research in the session for the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards Program.