A team from UT’s Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took top honors for its research at the European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society in Nantes, France. The group’s paper, “Prognostics for Light Water Reactor Sustainability: Empirical Methods for Heat Exchanger Prognostic Lifetime Predictions,” tackles the need to check on equipment in existing nuclear reactors as those facilities’ licenses are renewed.
Department of Nuclear Engineering News
The university’s Nuclear Engineering Department has climbed from the twelfth-ranked program in US News and World Report to the fifth-ranked in just four years. One of the reasons why: the amount of research conducted in the department. That was a key point College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis and department head Wes Hines shared with the UT Board of Trustees Wednesday. Investment in research almost quadrupled from 2008 to 2013, climbing from $2.1 million to $8.2 million over that span.
The American Society for Engineering Education has named Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the Glenn Murphy Award winner for 2014. The award, named for one of the pioneering leaders in nuclear engineering at the collegiate level over a four-decade career at Iowa State, is one of the society’s top honors.
Four nuclear engineering students were recently awarded scholarships. Alyxandria Wszolek, a sophomore from Madison, Mississippi; Travis Labossiere-Hickman, a junior from Brush Creek, Tennessee; Mikah Rust, a senior from Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Colton Oldham, from Hurricane, West Virginia, were recognized.
For many college students, the week after graduation signals an opportunity to travel. For a lucky few, that might even include a trip abroad. For a group of Department of Nuclear Engineering students, it means both a chance to head to Europe and the opportunity of a lifetime. Led by assistant professors Ondrej Chvala and Eric Lukosi, the nine students are in Prague, Czech Republic, spending time with their counterparts at Czech Technical University and even taking a trip to the uranium mine in Roznika.
Several students in the College of Engineering’s Department of Nuclear Engineering received a nice start to the summer, as the Nuclear Energy University Programs announced its most recent award recipients, with UT netting nine undergraduate scholarships and three graduate fellowships.
UT’s Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering, Natalie Manayeva, a research assistant at the Institute for Nuclear Security, and Dean Rice, adjunct faculty member and former congressional aide, have had an article they wrote on the situation in Ukraine featured by CNN and a Czech Republic newspaper, Neviditelný Pes.
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
Some of the best and brightest undergraduate students from around the United States gathered at UT recently for the chance to meet top experts in the field of nuclear engineering. The sessions gave prospective graduate students a chance to mingle with some of the biggest names in nuclear research and energy, including Y-12, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the UCOR facilities at the East Tennessee Research Park, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as with UT faculty and students.
The question of what to do with spent nuclear fuel in the United States has never been definitively answered. A UT professor has received funding from the US Department of Energy to develop new capabilities for evaluating potential alternatives to directly disposing of used fuel.