Seaborg Medal

Dr. Luiz C. Leal
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal

Hon. William Ostendorff, Sr.
U.S. Naval Academy

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.

ANS Fellows

Dr. Sandra Dulla
Politecnico di Torino

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.

Dr. Shannon Bragg-Sitton
Idaho National Laboratory

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.

Mr. Carl Rick Grantom
C.R. Grantom P.E. & Assoc. LLC (CRG LLC)

Scientific or technical leadership in a nuclear enterprise of substantial scope.

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.

Dr. Andrew Klein
Oregon State University

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.

Dr. Elia Merzari
Pennsylvania State University

Notable original research or invention in the nuclear field.

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.

Mr. Steven Nesbit
LMNT Consulting, LLC

Scientific or technical leadership in a nuclear enterprise of substantial scope.

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.

E. Gail de Planque Medal

Dr. Debra Callahan
Focused Energy, Inc

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.

Dr. Anna S. Erickson
Georgia Institute of Technology

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.

Mary Jane Oestmann Professional
Women’s Achievement Awards

Dr. Leigh Winfrey
SUNY Maritime College

For her outstanding and trailblazing contributions to fusion technology. research and education and her outstanding leadership in the Society.

Standards Service Award

Dr. Jean-Francois Lucchini
Los Alamos National Laboratory

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.

Untermyer & Cisler Reactor Technology Medal

Prof. Andrew Whittaker
University at Buffalo, SUNY

For contributions and leadership in the development of seismic isolation technology and the corresponding regulatory framework.

Social Responsibility in the Nuclear Community Award

Dr. J’Tia Hart
Virginia Commonwealth University

For outstanding and sustained efforts to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the nuclear field..

Landis Public Communication & Education Award

Ms. Bobbi Riedel
University of New Mexico

For outstanding efforts in outreach and public education across the state of New Mexico.

Young Members Advancement Award (YMG)

Dr. Lane B. Carasik
Virginia Commonwealth University

For his continued dedication to the advancement and support of young members within the American Nuclear Society and the nuclear industry.

Young Member Excellence Award (YMG)

Mr. Patrick J. Snouffer
Zeno Power Systems

For his work in advocating for nuclear science, engineering, and technology, and being the perfect brand ambassador for the ANS Young Members Group.


Presidential Citations

Dr. Richard A. Meserve
Covington & Burling LLP

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.

Mr. Amir Afzali
Nuclear Consulting Group

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.

Kairos Power LLC

For their accomplishments getting the HERMES advanced test reactor through the licensing pipeline quickly and effectively.

Mr. Jeffrey S. Merrifield
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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.

Dr. Peter N. Swift
Sandia National Laboratory

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.

Mrs. Maria G. Korsnick
Nuclear Energy InstituteLLP

For her unwavering commitment to advancing the American nuclear enterprise.

Darlene Schmidt Science News Award

Catherine Clifford

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.

Committee Awards

Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship

Dr. Emily Caffrey
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mr. William Murray
GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Local Section Meritorious Awards (ETWDD & LSC)

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:

  • Best Overall
    Pittsburgh Local Section
  • Best Meetings and Programs
    Georgia Local Section
  • Best Local Section Management & Best Recruitment
    Savannah River Local Section
  • Best Public Information and Education
    Northeastern Local Section

Samuel Glasstone Awards (ETWDD & SSC)

The Samuel Glasstone Award recognizes outstanding ANS Student Sections.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Missouri University of Science and Technology (Best Section)
  • University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez (Second Place)
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Third Place)

Division Awards

Mark Mills Awards (ETWDD)

Mr. Victor Coppo Leite
Pennsylvania State University

For his work entitled: Convolutional Neural Network–Aided Temperature Field Reconstruction: An Innovative Method for Advanced Reactor Monitoring.

Student Design Competition (ETWDD)

The following are the finalists in the undergraduate category (in no particular order):

Subcritical Test Assembly - Senior Design Project
University Tennessee, Knoxville
Authors: 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 University
Authors: 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 Waste
Georgia Institute of Technology
Authors: Gracie Eccleston, Jana Shade, Zach Welchel, and Caryanne Wilson

Large-Area Plasma-Liquid Reactors for Water Purification in Space
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Authors: Sean M. Peyres, Jasmine Dinari, and Matt Koska

Design Optimization of an Organic-Cooled Light-Water-Moderated Micro-Reactor for Electricity and Hydrogen Generation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Authors: Sean M. Peyres, Jasmine Dinari, and Matt Koska

Radiation Science & Technology Award (IRD)

Dr. Lei Cao
The Ohio State University

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.

Edward Teller Award (FED)

Dr. Otto Landen
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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.

Prof. Peter Norreys
Oxford University

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.

Bal-Raj Sehgal Memorial Award (THD)

Prof. Annalisa Manera
ETH Zürich

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).

Technical Achievement Awards (THD)

Prof. Seungjin Kim
Purdue University

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.

Theos J. “Tommy” Thompson Award (NISD)

Dr. Ian B. Wall

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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