Two Penn State nuclear engineering students have won awards from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Program. Shadi Ghrayeb, a nuclear engineering doctoral student, was awarded a first-place prize in the systems analysis and energy policy category.
His research paper, "Effect of the Resonance Scattering Model on Reactor Core Neutronics Calculations," was presented at the 5th High Temperature Reactor Technology Conference in October 2010. Benjamin Reimold, a recent graduate in nuclear engineering, was awarded a prize in the undergraduate category.
His research paper, "An Analysis of Costs Involved in Applying Advanced Safeguards Systems and Approaches to Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plants," was presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management in July. Reinhold is currently pursuing a master's degree in international relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program supports academia and the goal of the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy to develop sustainable nuclear fuel cycle options by encouraging innovative research in fuel cycle-related disciplines.
In addition to cash awards, winning students will have a variety of other opportunities including presenting their winning publication during the American Nuclear Society winter meeting, participating in an Innovators' Forum and participating in the DOE Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies annual meeting.