Kyle Oliver, a master’s candidate studying nuclear
engineering under Assistant Professor Paul Wilson, was among eight graduate
students nationwide to receive an Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative Fellowship,
an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy.
Aimed at increasing research into closing the nuclear fuel cycle and
recycling components of used nuclear fuel, the fellowships are valued
at $42,500 per student over two academic years.
Doctoral student Brandon Smith received
a best-paper award and $500 prize at the IEEE Symposium on Fusion Energy,
June 17-21, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for his paper, “Three-dimensional
neutronics analysis of the ITER first wall/shield module 13.”
An array of first-wall/shield modules will provide radiation shielding,
thermal protection and energy removal for ITER, the International Thermonuclear
Experimental Reactor, which is under construction in Cadrache, France.
A research assistant in the Fusion Technology Institute, Smith co-authored
the paper with Assistant Professor Paul Wilson and Research Professor
Nuclear engineering PhD student Kent Wardle
was among 12 United States delegates to the six-week World Nuclear University
(WNU) summer course, held July 14 through August 24 in Daejeon, Korea.
Internationally, the WNU strives to develop safe and increasing use
of nuclear power as a proven technology for clean energy production,
and to promote the many valuable applications of nuclear science and
technology that contribute to sustainable agriculture, medicine, nutrition,
industrial development, environmental protection, and management of
The summer institute brings together the world’s leading nuclear
students and young professionals from more than 37 countries, who will
heighten their awareness of a broad spectrum of nuclear energy issues,
engage in team-building and leadership exercises, and become part of
an expanding global network of future leaders in the nuclear profession.
Of the U.S. attendees, Wardle was the only student delegate.