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EPISODE: The Engineering Physics Department Newsletter


Spring/Summer 2003
Featured articles

Taming turbulence: Understanding the equations

Exploiting friction can make MEMS work

New boundaries: Experiments verify ion behavior in plasmas

Engineers develop new prostate-cancer treatment plan

Conference to address state energy crisis

Regular Features

Message from the chair

Department news

New faculty: Joseph Bisognano and Dennis Whyte

Student news


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Photo of students with an ultralight airplane at EXPO 2003
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Photo of a mock land-mine detection system
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Photo of the advanced AP600 nuclear reactor model
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Engineering EXPO 2003

At Engineering EXPO (April 10-12), the biennial student event that showcases science and engineering to the public, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter displayed its zero-gravity experiments and ultralight airplane (above,left). The American Nuclear Society student chapter set up a mock land-mine detection system (above, center) and the advanced AP600 nuclear reactor model (above, right).


Students posters place at ANS Conference

PhD student Ben Cipiti received first place and $500 for the best student poster at the 15th American Nuclear Society Conference on the Technology of Fusion Energy. The subject of Cipiti’s work was cathode-embedded D-He3 fusion reactions in inertial electrostatic confinement. Two other engineering physics students, John Weidner and Phongsan Meekunnasombat, received honorable mention in the same category.


Students cited for best presentations

Four engineering physics students received awards at the American Nuclear Society student conference, held April 2 through 5 at the University of California-Berkeley. Graduate student Krupakar “Murali” Subramanian earned a best-presentation award for his talk, “Effects of ‘waste’ electrons in the performance of an IEC device,” in the fusion energy II: energy and confinement concepts track. Undergraduate Andrew Zillmer’s best-presentation award came for his talk, “Powering a field emission thruster with a nuclear battery,” in the aerospace applications track. Undergraduate Tracy Uchytil and graduate student Don Williamson received an outstanding-presentation award for their talk, “Dealing with radioactive waste now and in the future,” in the fuel cycle: radioactive waste category, while Williamson earned an outstanding-presentation award for his talk, “Z-Accelerator: What is it?” in the fusion I: technology applications category. The honors also garnered each student a cash prize.



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