UPF Federal Project Director John Eschenberg, right, poses with Howard Hall, director of UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security, before Eschenberg’s talk Thursday night at the Baker Center. (KNS/Frank Munger)
Thursday’s INS Distinguished Lecture on the Uranium Processing Facility (UPF) project drew about 90 registered attendees, including a picket line organized by the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.
John Eschenberg, federal director of the UPF project, spoke for about an hour and fielded questions from the audience. It was also covered by the local press in an extensive article by Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Frank Munger.
The UPF is a major NNSA modernization and construction project at the Y-12 National Security Complex that will replace the decaying (and expensive) Manhattan Project era uranium building 9212 at Y-12, and is a linchpin in Y-12′s plans to reduce the facility’s high-security footprint. As Eschenberg noted in his lecture, these large, nuclear-grade, one-of-a-kind facilities bring many challenges and frequently attract criticism.
From left: Natacha Peter-Stein (UT INS), Dr. John Auxier (UT NE), Dr. Joe Stainback (UT NE), Dr. Ziad Kodah (JUST Nuclear Engineering), Dr. Howard Hall (UT NE), Dr. Salaheddin Malkawi (JUST Nuclear Engineering Department Head), and Mariia Berezina (CRDF Global).
INS and the UT Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE) hosted a delegation of senior faculty from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in early February. The JUST faculty were part of a State Department sponsored visit, and were exploring curriculum efforts in nuclear security studies. The INS has fostered the development of a number of classes and course modules across a number of departments, including extensive coursework as part of NE’s Nuclear Security Science and Analysis graduate certificate program.
The Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy is seeking a GS-14 level nuclear engineer, specializing in transmutation engineering dealing with spent nuclear fuel and fuel cycle technologies.
This job posting closes on February 26, 2014.
The poster entitled “Synthesis of Ln[Hfac]x compounds and characterization of subsequent extractions into ethyl ether” was presented at the SURC conference last week. The poster and presenter, INS graduate student Matthew Marsh, won the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Award for best presentation in Analytical Chemistry.
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the Integrated University Program (IUP) seeking applicants for undergraduate scholarships and graduate-level fellowships in nuclear energy-related fields.
Scholarships are $5,000 for one year. The maximum award for a fellowship is $50,000 per year for three years, with an additional one time $5,000 allotment to fund a minimum 10-week internship at DOE, a DOE national laboratory or other designated facility.
Applications are due on March 19, 2014, and must be submitted using the online submittal system found at www.neup.gov.
NE intends to notify award recipients in April 2014.
David Dixon, PhD student in Nuclear Engineering, has gained notice for his ingenuity in a series of projects while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Most recently, he was honored as part of a team for his work on a new type of nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights. The team received an R&D100 Award in the Kilopower (Energy Technology) category in the September 2013 issue of R&D Magazine. Dixon and his colleagues demonstrated the first use of a heat pipe to cool a small nuclear reactor and power a Stirling engine at the Nevada National Security Site’s Device Assembly Facility near Las Vegas.
Titled the “Demonstration Using Flattop Fissions,” the experiment produced twenty-four watts of electricity. The research team included engineers from Los Alamos, the NASA Glenn Research Center, and National Security Technologies LLC. This experiment demonstrated that a relatively simple concept could potentially be used to generate long-term electricity for deep space and long-term NASA applications
Dixon also served as a nuclear engineering expert and advisor to the US government as part of teams that responded to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 2011 Fukushima nuclear tragedy in Japan. Dixon received recognition for his work on these projects through two Secretary’s Achievement Awards from the US Secretary of Energy, Dr. Steven Chu, presented in October of 2011. Only one other participant received two awards in this ceremony.
The summer workshop-in-residence at UC San Diego, known as the PPNT boot camp, aims to give participants the knowledge and analytic tools to contribute to the debate on future U.S. nuclear policy.
The boot camp features lectures, discussions, debates, policy simulations, and on-site visits to nuclear facilities. Participants attend talks by distinguished researchers, academics, policy officials, and operational specialists from the University of California system and other leading universities, the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and federal government agencies dealing with nuclear policy, threat, detection, and safeguard issues.
See details of the program and the application process here.
The James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in support of the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration’s Next Generation Safeguards Initiative, are pleased to announce an intensive one-week course on international nuclear safeguards policy to be held at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) on 2-6 June, 2014. The course will provide background knowledge and introduce tools needed for careers in nuclear safeguards with an emphasis on policy and information analysis.
This course will be facilitated by senior Monterey Institute staff and other nonproliferation policy analysts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies with presentations by experts from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and other leading nonproliferation and safeguards specialists.
Applicants must be a currently enrolled graduate student or a young professional in, or intending to enter, the nuclear nonproliferation field. We are especially interested in applicants who demonstrate how a deeper understanding of international safeguards policy will aid their professional pursuits.
The course is tuition free for selected participants and a few small stipends may be available to non-local students to partially offset transportation and housing costs. Enrollment and the number of stipends are limited.
Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
The U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board is pleased to announce the creation of the Board’s Summer Internship Program, which will be initiated in the summer of 2014. This program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates or graduate students (U.S. Citizens) in disciplines relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle and the geologic disposal of radioactive waste. The selected interns will gain practical experience working with Board members and the Board’s senior professional staff in supporting the review of activities related to the management of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
Details of the internship can be found in the attached flyer.
NWTRB Summer Intern