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Materials in Nuclear Energy Systems (MiNES 2023)
December 10–14, 2023
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Recap: The 2023 ANS Winter Meeting
The American Nuclear Society’s 2023 Winter Meeting and Expo opened on November 12, and its packed opening plenary the next day generated a lot of buzz. Featured speakers included West Virginia senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin as well as Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair Christopher Hanson. They each addressed top issues facing the nuclear enterprise to a full house of more than 1,000 members of the wider nuclear community.
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OPENING PLENARY SESSION AWARDS
For scientific excellence and mentorship in the field of nuclear data, criticality safety and reactor engineering worthy of international recognition sustained over a 45-year career.
For many years of outstanding dedicated service to Our Nation as a U.S. Naval Officer and Commissioner of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and to service to the greater worldwide nuclear community.
Notable original research or invention in the nuclear field.
For her seminal work on quasi-static algorithms, coupled to deterministic and stochastic transport solvers, leading to many applications carried out internationally; for her studies on the reactor physics of Gen-IV designs, performed during European and international projects; for her mentoring of numerous MS and PhD students in nuclear engineering.
Scientific or technical leadership in a nuclear enterprise of substantial scope.
For being a pioneer in the innovative application of nuclear energy alongside other clean energy generators, successfully enabling novel cross-sectoral collaboration and establishing tools and techniques that will maximize clean energy utilization, generator profitability, environmental sustainability, and grid reliability and resilience through systems integration.
For contributing significantly to the way U.S nuclear power plants operate through the original development, approval, and implementation of first-of-a-kind risk-informed methods and applications. His visionary leadership has led to new regulatory risk-informed approaches as well as new industry-accepted methods that improve safety while also providing cost efficiencies.
Outstanding leadership as a teacher in the nuclear field.
For being a leader of the next generation in nuclear science, academic achievement, and leadership. His passion for education demonstrates an emphasis on students as the future of ANS.
For his scientific leadership and his significant and sustained contributions to the understanding of thermal hydraulics phenomena of importance to advanced reactors through modeling and simulation. His efforts in developing high-resolution multi-physics models and codes have paved the way to the next generation of thermal-hydraulic computing.
For being a prominent and effective leader and spokesperson for the beneficial use of nuclear technology, including his work in the project to dispose of surplus weapons plutonium by converting it to MOX fuel and using it in commercial nuclear reactors.
For her leadership in inertial confinement fusion ‘hohlraum’ physics and contributions to the science of implosion symmetry control, enabling the creation of the first ignited plasmas.
For her pioneering accomplishments and trailblazing achievements in the field of nuclear science and engineering uniquely synthesizing revolutionary research contributions, multidisciplinary multi-platform education, and public policy to advance nuclear science and technology.
For her outstanding and trailblazing contributions to fusion technology. research and education and her outstanding leadership in the Society.
For his excellent leadership in maintaining current standards and for reinvigorating the American Nuclear Society’s Fuel, Waste, and Decommissioning Consensus Committee with new membership, which has better positioned the committee to support future industry needs for standardization.
For contributions and leadership in the development of seismic isolation technology and the corresponding regulatory framework.
For outstanding and sustained efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the nuclear field..
For outstanding efforts in outreach and public education across the state of New Mexico.
For his continued dedication to the advancement and support of young members within the American Nuclear Society and the nuclear industry.
For his work in advocating for nuclear science, engineering, and technology, and being the perfect brand ambassador for the ANS Young Members Group.
PRESIDENT’S SPECIAL SESSION AWARDS
Through his efforts as Chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Consensus Committee on Laying the Foundation for New and Advanced Nuclear Reactors in the United States, Dr. Meserve has helped provide the nation with a comprehensive roadmap for the commercial deployment of advanced reactor technology.
For being the driving force behind the Licensing Modernization Project and the Technology-inclusive Content of Application Projects, which have produced substantive advances in risk-informed, performance-based licensing and are real improvements to the advanced reactor licensing framework.
For their accomplishments getting the HERMES advanced test reactor through the licensing pipeline quickly and effectively.
For his thought leadership on behalf of the American Nuclear community. Jeff is being recognized for his work as an U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Commissioner and his leadership role in the area of advanced reactors. Jeff is always working to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. nuclear enterprise.
For being the lead author on the Recommendations on Postclosure Aspects of Generic Standards for the Permanent Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level and Transuranic Radioactive Wastes in the United States report which provides a recommended framework for revisiting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) geologic repository standards.
For her unwavering commitment to advancing the American nuclear enterprise.
For continually identifying unexplored nuclear topics that are pertinent to the global energy discussion as well as to the evolution and history of the nuclear industries.
The Local Section Meritorious Award is presented to the ANS local sections that have conducted the most worthwhile events; have shown outstanding membership growth, participation, and administration during the award year.
This year’s recipients are:
The Samuel Glasstone Award recognizes outstanding ANS Student Sections.
For his work entitled: Convolutional Neural Network–Aided Temperature Field Reconstruction: An Innovative Method for Advanced Reactor Monitoring.
The following are the finalists in the undergraduate category (in no particular order):
Subcritical Test Assembly - Senior Design ProjectUniversity Tennessee, KnoxvilleAuthors: Daniel G. Racz, Gabriel F. Lentchner, Nicholas J. Branam, Sinan Zhang, and Sophia C. Hitson
Event Sequence Analysis to Support a Full Scope Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment Framework for the PULSTAR Research Reactor North Carolina State UniversityAuthors: Maddison M. Barber, May Wells, Alex Chaisson, and Mihai A. Diaconeasa
Cask Design and Offline Processing of Fuel Salt via Fluorination and Impurity Absorption for MSR Nuclear WasteGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAuthors: Gracie Eccleston, Jana Shade, Zach Welchel, and Caryanne Wilson
Large-Area Plasma-Liquid Reactors for Water Purification in SpaceUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignAuthors: Sean M. Peyres, Jasmine Dinari, and Matt Koska
Design Optimization of an Organic-Cooled Light-Water-Moderated Micro-Reactor for Electricity and Hydrogen GenerationMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyAuthors: Sean M. Peyres, Jasmine Dinari, and Matt Koska
For accomplishments to establish the field of wide band-gap semiconductor sensors for nuclear fuel cycle and advanced reactor monitoring. Presented at the IRD General session Wednesday November 15.
For pioneering contributions to High Energy Density and Inertial Confinement Fusion Science and for his leadership in achieving ignition on the National Ignition Facility. Presented at the International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA), September 25-29, 2023, Denver, CO.
For pioneering research and leadership in the use of high intensity lasers for producing unique electron, ion and x-ray beams and their applications to fast ignition fusion, advanced accelerators and probing of plasmas. Presented at the International Conference on Inertial Fusion Sciences and Applications (IFSA), September 25-29, 2023, Denver, CO.
For her novel contributions to high-resolution thermal-hydraulics experiments, and the development of innovative multiphysics and multiscale CFD-based computational tools for nuclear reactor applications. Award will be presented at the 20th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics (NURETH-20).
In recognition of his outstanding contribution towards advancing two-phase flow experimental capabilities, fundamental understanding of two-phase flow transport phenomena, and reactor thermal-hydraulic analysis. Presented at the CFD: 1 session in Room Columbia 10 on Monday afternoon, Nov. 13.
For lifelong leadership conceiving, developing, and applying probabilistic concepts to improve nuclear safety, including PRA methods, standards, and insights supporting design, operations, and regulation. The award will be presented at the Imbedded Topical Meeting on Advanced Reactor Safety (ARS), June 2023 in Las Vegas, NV.
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