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EPISODE: The Engineering Physics Department Newsletter


Fall / Winter 2006-2007
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University of Wisconsin Energy Institute engages stakeholders in creative solutions

Designing ways to help ITER operate safely

Learning why fusion plasmas sometimes act unpredictably

GOOD HEAVENS: Space telescopes may have steadier view

EP alum honored on Engineers' Day

A "hot" idea for insulating tiny batteries

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In June, the UW-Madison student section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) received the Samuel Glasstone Award for best student section. Established in 1969, the award is presented to ANS student branches that have made notable achievements in public service and advancing nuclear science and engineering.

In addition to many existing programs, this year’s UW-ANS student section developed several new programs, including a Girl Scout nuclear science workshop that complemented five separate annual Boy Scout workshops, weekly mentoring a middle school Science Olympiad team, two shadow days during which the group hosted nearly a dozen high school students, and a campus-wide energy trivia game that awarded more than $4,000 in prizes.

This year’s award follows last year’s honorable mention award; the group earned best student section awards in 2003 and 2004.

The university recognized the research accomplishments of Senior Scientist Laila A. El-Guebaly when it awarded her a research professor title. She earned advanced degrees in nuclear engineering: a master’s degree from UW-Madison in 1973 and a PhD from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1979. She began her career as an assistant professor of mathematics and physics at the University of Alexandria; three years later, she became a research associate with the UW-Madison Fusion Technology Institute (FTI). During the last 15 years, El-Guebaly has been principal investigator or co-PI on grants totaling more than $10 million. She is author or co-author of more than 85 refereed journal papers, more than 30 non-refereed conference papers and more than 40 reports.

Professor Michael Corradini has joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards. The ACRS reviews and reports on safety studies and reactor facility license and license renewal applications, advises the NRC on the hazards of proposed and existing reactor facilities and the adequacy of proposed reactor safety standards, and initiates reviews of specific generic matters or nuclear facility safety-related items. The ACRS also reviews NRC research activities and provides an annual report. Upon request from the Department of Energy, the ACRS reviews and provides reports on U.S. Naval reactor designs under a reimbursable agreement. Upon request, and with NRC consent, the ACRS is required to provide advice to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Graduate student McLean Machut received a $42,500 Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy. This fellowship program within the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy is geared toward studying ways to close the nuclear fuel cycle and recycle components of used nuclear reactor fuel. Machut was among 12 fellowship recipients, which are awarded to students who plan to pursue research in technical areas including the separation of nuclear waste components, the fabrication of these components into recycled fuel, and the preparation of new waste forms with increased long-term stability.



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