Nuclear energy expert Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award from US Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz at a Washington, DC, ceremony Thursday night.
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The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014. Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive.
Professors from the UT College of Engineering are part of three separate nuclear safety research projects that collectively have been awarded $2.6 million.
The New Yorker featured Brian Wirth, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering, in an article entitled “A Star in a Bottle.” The article is about the international collaboration to build a fusion reactor called the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, or ITER. The article likens the reactor to bottling up a star
Power from nuclear fusion reactors has the promise to be safe, sustainable, and limitless. But science has not been able to bring fusion energy to the commercial energy market. This is partly because the operating limits of the reactor materials are not known. A team of researchers at UT Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in collaboration with seven other institutions, is trying to solve this challenge.
Honors and awards for UT Knoxville faculty and graduate students.