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Professor Ji Granted Tenure

Congratulations to Dr. Wei Ji, director of NEAMS, who has been granted tenure by the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering Department of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Ji came to RPI in 2008 as an assistant professor and began the Nuclear Engineering Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) research group.

Read more about Professor Ji here.

Andrew Pavlou wins Block Prize for Graduate Research

Andrew Pavlou received the Robert C. Block Prize for Graduate Research at the 2015 Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Awards Reception on May 28th.  The Block Prize is awarded annually to a graduate student in nuclear engineering and engineering physics who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and creativity in applied radiation technology research toward a master’s or doctoral thesis.

Andrew Pavlou Presents Research at M&C15

Andrew Pavlou presented his research at M&C 2015, the annual Joint International Conference on Mathematics and Computation (M&C), Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications (SNA) and the Monte Carlo (MC) Method. The conference was held in Nashville, Tennessee from April 19-23. His presentation was titled, “Implementation of a Least Squares Temperature Fit of the Thermal Scattering Law in MCNP6.”

Powering Tomorrow Together: ANS Student Conference 2015

NEAMS members Andrew Pavlou, Chris Morrison, and Jaron Senecal participated in this year’s ANS Student Conference at Texas A&M University. Chris was a Current Events in Space Nuclear panelist. Jaron presented “Comparison of Coupling Strategies for Solving a Multiphysics Boundary Value Problem Using MOOSE” in the Mathematics and Computation Division. In the same technical track, Andrew presented “A Study of the Frequency Spectrum of Thermal Excitations for On-the-Fly Monte Carlo Thermal Scattering Sampling,” which earned Best Paper.
Gig ‘em Aggies!

South Texas Nuclear Generating Station

A tour of the South Texas Nuclear Generating Station was organized as part of the conference.





Andrew Pavlou Wins First Place in 2014 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Competition

CANYON, TX – Andrew Pavlou, a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Engineering and Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded a First Place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition. Pavlou’s award is in the Open Competition in the category of Nuclear Science and Engineering. His award-winning research paper, “On-the-Fly Sampling of Thermal Scattering S(α,β,T) Data for Monte Carlo Codes,” was presented at the International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants in April 2014.

In order to be successful and retain its leadership role in nuclear technologies, the United States must foster creativity and breakthrough achievements to develop tomorrow’s nuclear technologies. The Department of Energy has long recognized that university students are an important source of breakthrough solutions and a key component in meeting its long-term goals. The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards Program was developed for this purpose.

The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies’ commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among students and DOE representatives.

The program awarded 20 prizes in 2014 for student publications and presentations relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

For more information on the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program, visit

NEAMS Group Members Participate in Summer Internships

This summer the members of the NEAMS group had the opportunity to conduct research at two Department of Energy national laboratories. Andrew Pavlou and Elise Pusateri continued their research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Christopher Morrison and Jaron Senecal started new projects at Idaho National Laboratory. All enjoyed a productive summer as well as the cross-country road trips.