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What’s happening in big fusion? A global update
One year ago today, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory achieved a record shot at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) that set the world talking about the potential of fusion energy. And the buzz hasn’t stopped. Fusion energy is getting its most significant attention yet on the world stage at COP28 in Dubai, UAE, where John Kerry, U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, delivered a keynote address today titled “An inclusive fusion energy future,” followed by a panel discussion.
Download a printable PDF of the Booklet or view all the award recipients below.
Opening Plenary Awards
For innovative and significant contributions in the development, verification, qualification, and application of advanced nuclear reactor safety analysis methods and codes; increased fundamental knowledge of thermal hydraulic processes; and the development of advanced code coupling methodologies.
For transforming the way research and development for nuclear fuels and materials is conducted. His influence, leadership, and tireless advocacy for researchers have significantly impacted the global nuclear energy enterprise.
For significant research contributions in two-phase flow, condensation heat transfer, and severe accident phenomena in nuclear reactors to improve understanding of nuclear reactor performance, reactor safety, and severe accident management strategies, along with education and professional mentoring of university students.
For innovative development and application of computational methods to solve nuclear fuel cycle optimization problems for pressurized and boiling water reactor systems, including first-of-a-kind application of large-scale combinatorial optimization techniques related to design of fuel assemblies, core loading patterns, operating strategies, and multi-cycle planning.
For ensuring the nation’s Criticality Experimental capability and for leadership in the field of nuclear national security.
For his contributions in understanding fundamental radiation materials science and in developing accelerator ion beam techniques and the contributions as an educator and mentor to nuclear engineering students.
In recognition of distinguished and influential original research, advocacy, and scientific contributions in:
For long-time leadership and outstanding scientific and engineering research achievements to advance safety and efficiency of nuclear energy generation worldwide.
For inspirational vision and outstanding leadership in creating ESH&Q and assurance programs integral to the safe and environmentally protective cleanup of national and international nuclear-legacy projects.
For her dedication to nuclear materials research and the education and professional development of young researchers in the field of nuclear materials science and engineering.
For his origination and development of cross-cutting, innovative educational tools to introduce nuclear science concepts to tens of thousands of students of every age, through the Interactive Nucleus Display (2010), the ANS Isotope Discovery kit (2013), and culminating in the Isotopes App (2020).
For her significant contributions in advancing student and young members through her dedication, service, and leadership.
Tim and Matt embody the ANS YMG Excellence Award with their tireless efforts in enabling young and student members toward nuclear science, engineering, and technology.
ANS President’s Special Session Awards
For demonstrated leadership in transforming the Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the on-going COVID-19 Public Health Emergency into a global leader in demonstrating adaptive, flexible, and innovative approaches to nuclear regulation without compromise to safety.
For outstanding leadership and efforts in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within the nuclear community.
For over thirty years of dedicated leadership and service as the Editor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Nuclear Society from 1986 through 2019.
For the vision and leadership to drive the transformation of nuclear science and energy programs, especially the demonstration and deployment of advanced U.S. reactors, and dedication to public service and unwavering commitment to the use of nuclear technology to the betterment of mankind.
For demonstrated leadership, professionalism and dedication for over 38 years in the field of Nuclear Engineering supporting all aspects of DOE and NRC activities. He has authored over 40 papers and provided technical leadership to numerous ANS Programs and conferences. He is an industry expert in the areas of nuclear facility source term evaluations, probabilistic and quantitative risk assessment and severe accident analysis, accident and consequence analysis, source term evaluation, hydrogen safety, software quality assurance and safety analyses.
Awards Presented Elsewhere
Fuel Cycle Facility with EBR-II demonstrated on-site recycle of used nuclear fuel back into a nuclear reactor.
For demonstrating significant fusion energy production and tritium technologies for future nuclear fusion power plants and the first detailed exploration of magnetically confined deuterium-tritium fusion plasmas.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to ANS standards, serving as chair and member of the Standards Board, chair of the Research and Advanced Reactors Consensus Committee, and chair and member of multiple standards working groups. In particular, his valuable guidance and insightful vision have anticipated many standards needs as technology has advanced.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
In recognition of his significant contributions during more than 40 years in the development of nuclear safety standards for the American Nuclear Society and his leadership at multiple levels of the standards process, including as chair and member of the Standards Board and chair of the Risk-informed, Performance-based Principles and Policy Committee.
For his ground-breaking technical accomplishments in the modeling and computer simulation of single and multiphase flow and heat transfer.
For Dr. Johnson’s technical leadership in radiation shielding, nuclear nonproliferation missions supporting national and global security, and practical technologies to prevent, counter, and respond to nuclear and radiological terrorism.
For Dr. Xu’s outstanding achievements in research and technological development involving computational human phantoms and advanced Monte Carlo simulation methods that have made significant impact on the practice of radiation protection and medical physics.
Winner is all four categories:
Membership,Meetings & Programs,Public Information & Education, andSection Management
For his work entitled: Incremental Gains in Transuranic Activity Analysis in Air Samples for Radiological Emergency Response.
For his work entitled: High Order Implicit Residual-Based Spatial Discretization Error Estimation for SN Neutron Transport.
For sustained excellence in commercial, INPO, NRC, Military and University Training and Education.
For his excellence, innovation, and leadership in nuclear engineering education and training that has supported students and industry.
In recognition of his industry-leading research and development of PRA computational methods and their application in the SAPHIRE risk analysis software.
For leadership in the areas of PRA standards, fire PRA, multi-unit PRA, and the PRAs for UK ABWRs, PRISM, VTR, and risk-informed applications.
For major contributions to the theory and practice of probabilistic risk assessment of nuclear power plants, and leadership in the development of academic programs in safety and reliability.
For creative and impactful contributions to research reactor instrumentation and applications.
The following are the finalists in the undergraduate category (in no particular order):
University of Tennessee KnoxvilleNuclear Thermal Propulsion Reactor Design and AnalysisAuthors: Alec Cacheris, Brandon Connor, Will Conroy, Aidan EdensAdvisor: Jason Hayward
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignPlasma Sustainment and Tin Particle Mitigation in Extreme Ultraviolet LithographyAuthors: Alp Aktuna, Kaitlyn Butler, Andrew Fink, Dario PaniciAdvisor: David Ruzic
Purdue UniversityDesign of a Novel Decision-Making Tool for the Analysis of Protective Actions During a Radiological ReleaseAuthors: David Champlin, Mark D’Aloia, Emily Downing, Elizabeth JayeAdvisor: Shripad Revankar
University of SharjahDesign and Experimental Verification of a Gamma Radiogauge to Detect Water Level in Ballast Tanks in Oil PlatformsAuthors: Eslam A. Ahmed, Jwaher A. Alnaqbi, Priyonta RahmanAdvisor: Walid A. Metwally
North Carolina State UniversityDesign of an Economical Low-Power Fast Spectrum Molten Chloride ReactorAuthors:Charles Goodman, Lindsay Verrico, Thomas Thompson, Vincent NovellinoAdvisor: Scott Palmtag
The Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society, established by the American Nuclear Society’s Education, Training and Workforce Development Division, recognizes high scholarship, integrity, and potential achievement among outstanding degree-seeking nuclear engineering students at institutions of higher learning. The following individuals have been inducted into the Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society in since the last meeting:
Excelsior College-Alpha Nu Sigma
Mr. Derek Bierer
Mr. Benjamin Burnett
Mr. George Li Cheng
Mr. Jonathan Chilton
Mr. Nathaniel Glen Cox
Mr. Jerry Allen Crittenden
Mr. Zane Anthony DeSaveur
Mr. Theodore Donald Di Angelo, II
Mr. Bryan J. Feola
Ms. Miranda Gegner
Mr. Warren Anthony Givens
Mr. Andrew P. Goerres
Mr. Ian Matthew Hagley
Mr. Monte Asher Hancock
Mr. Devon Taylor Hanlon
Mr. Luke Ermine Hannon
Ms. Angela Leigh Henderson
Mr. Jonathan Hines
Mr. Garrett William Holter
Mr. Victor Alan Huffstatler
Mr. Jeremy Lee Hughes
Mr. Kyle Charles Keller
Mr. Chad Kitchen
Mr. Daniel P. Kohlbrenner
Mr. Joseph E. Kole
Mr. Corey Sean Murphy, Sr.
Mrs. Ashley Nicole Port
Mr. Nicholas Charles Poston
Mr. Gamaliel J. Rodriguez, Jr.
Mr. Michael Schulte
Mr. Kevin Paul Speer
Mr. William Randall Whisenant
Mr. Austin Jacob Williams
Mr. Tony Dewayne Williams
Mr. Michael C. Winsett
Mr. Jason James Woodworth
Mrs. Julia Wydra
Mr. Michael Murray True, Jr.
Kansas State University-Alpha Nu Sigma
Mr. Jace A. Beavers
Mr. Logan Brockschmidt
Mrs. Rabab R. Elzohery
Mr. Rene Fabian Santillana
Mr. Lucas Alan Wodrich
Oregon State University-Alpha Nu Sigma
Mr. Michael Branco-Katcher
Mr. Cole Erich Evered
Ms. Lucia Rebeca Gomez Hurtado
Mr. Matthew Alexander Hageman
Mr. Joshua Arthur Handley
Mr. Keenan Hoffman
Ms. Rebecca Jaronski
Mr. Brandon E. Kamiyama
Mr. Michael Aaron Levy
Ms. Jillian Lea Newmyer
Mr. Logan E. Schoening
Dr. Todd R. Smith
Mr. Ryan E. Wilson
Mr. Seth Joshua Youtsey
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