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.
Department of Nuclear Engineering News
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
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.
Steve Zinkle, an authority on the effect of radiation on materials in fission and fusion nuclear reactors, has been named the thirteenth University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Zinkle will serve as Governor’s Chair for Nuclear Materials, based in the department of nuclear engineering at UT with a complementary appointment in materials science and engineering. He begins at UT on October 1.
The research of a UT professor working to create a battery that packs several thousand times more energy than batteries used today has received a boost from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. Eric Lukosi, an assistant professor in nuclear engineering, received a $10,000 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, including $5,000 from ORAU and $5,000 in matching funds from the UT Office of Research.
A UT professor whose research on neutron imaging could improve medical imaging and high-mileage electric vehicles has received the US Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Award. Jason Hayward, UCOR Faculty Fellow in Nuclear Engineering, will receive $750,000 over five years starting in July. The award is granted to researchers in universities and the department’s national laboratories. It supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers.
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Howard Hall, a Governor’s Chair professor of nuclear security, has the big idea to take UT’s capabilities and apply them to the challenge of global nuclear security.
UT will take part in two U.S. Department of Energy projects totaling more than $9 million which involve a team of institutions to improve upon nuclear energy safety and efficiency. The projects draw upon lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident. The two awards are part of the DOE’s 2012 Nuclear Energy University Programs Integrated Research Programs.