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Chao and Yanheng Defend their Theses Next Week

Chao Liang and Yanheng Li, two students from the NEAMS group will defend their theses next week. Yanheng will be presenting at on Monday (31st) from noon to 2:00 in JEC 5030 on his work on meso scale modeling of pebble bed reactors. Chao will present on Wednesday (2nd) from 10:00 to noo in JEC 4001 on his work on chord length sampling methods.

Jaron Senecal wins 2nd Place in Student Poster Competition

A poster presented by Jaron Senecal at the 2013 Materials Science & Technology conference in Montreal won 2nd place in the Student Poster Competition. The poster described the work he did modeling the geometric dissolution of nuclear waste form glass. More information on this topic can be found here. This work was done as part of a summer internship at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Elise Pusateri to Present at the Fuel Cycle Technology Annual Review Meeting

Elise Pusateri has been selected by the Fuel Cycle R&D Program to present a poster
at the Fuel Cycle Technology Annual Review Meeting to be held Tuesday, November
5 – Thursday, November 7, 2013 at Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL. The
meeting will focus on fiscal year 2013 program accomplishments and plans for the
upcoming years. This meeting is by invitation only

Elise Pusateri Honored for a Graduate Research Assistantship from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

Elise Pusateri will receive an award at the 20th Annual Honors Convocation
Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes
Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center Concert Hall (EMPAC). The Honors
Convocation celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of students and
faculty. Here, parents, family, and friends will gather and watch as the Rensselaer
Medalists—students with a 4.0 GPA, graduate student fellowship awardees, and
faculty—are honored. Elise will be honored for receiving a Graduate Research
Assistantship from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This assistantship will be
a bridge between the LANL and RPI research communities and will fund the
remainder of her PhD.

Christopher Morrison Selected for NEUP Fellowship

Christopher Morrison was selected for the Nuclear Engineering University Program Fellowship for his research on Small Modular Reactor System Design for Safety. Chris was one of approximately 30 students across the nation to recieve the three year $150,000 fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy. The fellowship will allow him to focus full time on his classes and research. He hopes to utilize that funding to come up with reactor designs that are inhereintly safer than previous generations of reactors.

Elise Pulsateri Second Place WInner in the US Department of Energy’s Fuel Cycle Innovation Awards Competition

CANYON, TX – Elise Pusateri, a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded a Second Place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition. Pusateri’s award is in the Open Competition in the category of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Her award-winning research paper, “A New Analytical Model to Evaluate Dancoff Factors in Stochastic Media,” was presented at the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in November 2012.

The academic community plays a vital role in helping to develop the advanced nuclear technologies that will help sustain and further expand nuclear power in the United States. The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program supports academia and the goal of the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy to develop sustainable nuclear fuel cycle options by encouraging innovative research in fuel cycle related disciplines.

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 19 prizes in 2013 for student publications and presentations relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to cash awards, winning students will have a variety of other opportunities including presenting their winning publication during the American Nuclear Society Winter meeting, participating in an Innovators’ Forum, and participating in the DOE Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies Annual Meeting.

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