This year the American Nuclear Society’s Winter Meeting was held in Washington D.C. Andrew presented “The Temperature Zoning Method for the On-the-Fly Thermal Scattering Sampling Procedure” and Jaron presented a “Comparison of Novel Multiphysics Coupling Methods in MOOSE.” Along with plenty of good technical presentations, several panels discussed the role of nuclear power in the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. This fit nicely into the theme of the meeting “Nuclear: The Foundation of Sensible Policy for Energy, Economy, and the Environment.”
Chris Morrison attended the Fuel Cycle Technologies Meeting in Idaho Falls. He presented a poster titled, “Fault Tolerant Composite Matrix Fuels for Terrestrial and Space Applications.”
Christopher Morrison was selected as a winner in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards for his work on Composite Solid Matrix Nuclear fuels for Space Reactors.
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 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 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.”
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!
Christopher Morrison presented his paper on “Feasibility Study of Solid Matrix Fuels for Space Power
Reactors” at the Nuclear and Emerging Technology for Space Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He also served as the public relations chair for the conference.
Congratulations to Elise Pusateri who successfully passed her candidacy exam for her research on the electron swarm model.
Congratulations to Andrew Pavlou who successfully passed his candidacy exam presenting his research on “A New On-the-Fly Sampling Method for Thermal Neutron Scattering Data in Monte Carlo Simulations.”