2022 ANS Winter meeting Recipients

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2022 ANS Winter Meeting

  • “Let’s Be Unapologetically Pro-Nuclear!” ANS President Steven Arndt’s words were music to my ears. The 2022 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting & Expo kicked off with an opening plenary and panel discussion–and no small amount of enthusiasm for the future of nuclear power. This was my first ANS Conference attendance, and the Diversity and Inclusion in ANS (DIA) Travel Grant was critical to my presence. As a recently separated veteran, I support myself through a combination GI bill stipend, student loans, and savings from my time in service. The encouragement and direct support I received from the American Nuclear Society makes me want to stay nuclear!
  • I served in the US Navy for six years as a nuclear operator and an Engineering Laboratory Technician. My past experience in nuclear power influenced my technical session choices, and I was able to attend the sessions for Isotopes & Radiation, Radiation Interactions & Detection Techniques, Uranium Mine and Mill Sites Reclamation, and (my favorite) The Future of Nuclear Maritime Propulsion. The former two offered a fascinating look into cutting edge nuclear research, and the latter two strengthened my resolve to seek and encourage taking a “cutting edge” to the (often) burdensome-but-necessary nuclear regulatory framework.
  • I found and built connections with professionals across the nuclear industry, all of whom were thrilled with the exciting developments in Small Modular Reactors and Consent-based Siting. Face-to-face meetings with the Student and Young Member’s Group (YMG) professionals were equally inspiring. If I can summarize, “We can do it, let’s get started!” As a soon-to-be graduating senior and accelerated-master’s student, I say, “Challenge Accepted!”

2022 ANS Winter Meeting

  • I’m a senior at Oregon State University studying nuclear engineering. The 2022 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo in Phoenix is the first ANS Winter Meeting (and the second conference overall) I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. I am extremely grateful for this travel grant, as I would not have been able to afford attending without it
  • I thought the conference was an excellent experience. I was able to meet fellow ANS student members and network with business professionals. Since I am looking for a job after I graduate, this will hopefully help in that endeavor. Some of the people I spoke to at the conference lunches, committee meetings, and career booths seemed very interested in my skills, and I am communicating with them over email about job opportunities. If I had never gone to the conference, I would not have made these connections, which might’ve kept me from opportunities by simply not knowing they existed.
  • I also worked the Student Program while at the conference. Even though the travel grant is a considerable amount of money, when registration, flights, and a rental vehicle are considered, that ends up being more money than the travel grant would cover. It also was an excellent opportunity to watch technical sessions and see the work students are doing. Both technical sessions I worked at were sessions I wanted to attend, and I enjoyed seeing the research being done into fields I’m interested in. One student in particular gave a presentation on work very similar to the research I do at Oregon State, and it was great to connect with her and compare our research. She gave me new ideas about reference electrode designs for molten salts that I can take back to my lab.
  • Overall, attending the ANS Winter Meeting was an enriching experience. Without the DIA travel grant, I would’ve been forced to pay for the majority of the conference out-of-pocket, and that isn’t something I have the funds to do. Getting awarded the travel grant made all the difference. This is something I will never forget, and I will always be thankful to ANS for making it possible.

2022 ANS Winter Meeting

  • It is truly an exceptional honor for me to have been selected again as one of the recipients of this award. The personal benefits afforded to me through my participation in the conference mirror that of my principal objectives: networking with individuals passionate about the future of nuclear science, engineering, and technology — especially in terms of educational practices — and assisting with the facilitation of conference events through the Student Program. Serving as the Session Assistant for two ETWDD-sponsored technical sessions (i.e., Cutting-Edge Techniques in Education, Training and Distance Education and Training, Human Performance, and Workforce Development), the ability to further connect and communicate with Lisa Marshall, NC State NE Outreach, Retention & Engagement Program Director, bolstered my perspective on the importance of this realm of educational work. My roles in assisting with aspects of both the 2023 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education (CONTE) and 2023 ANS Student Conference have, therefore, been reinforced and better enabled in light of these interactions — in conjunction with my positions within several ANS committees/divisions. The conference also provided me with the exceptional opportunity to interface with my peers, colleagues, and friends from the Young Members Group (YMG), Student Sections Committee (SSC), DIA, and ETWDD— along with those across the academia-government-industry system at large — on a face-to-face basis. As a graduate student at Iowa State University concentrating in both higher education and business

    administration, direct exposure to the current developments within the nuclear community is invaluable for informing my research on the current state of curriculum development in nuclear programs — ensuring that learning outcomes are applicable and consistent — and providing a broader network for collaboration and engagement. Dedicated to a life in academia, my aspiration of achieving a professorship position within the field is firmly established and resolute, now more than ever before. These experiences continue to embolden me to not let my disability define my capabilities or future potential — in keeping with my continuous growth mindset, personal initiative, and leadership mentality.

  • By awarding me the DIA Travel Grant, I was better able to concentrate on the professional development aspects of the conference and to endeavor to become a more active member of the nuclear community. Thank you again for investing in my future through the continued support. If there are any future opportunities to get involved or contribute to ANS in a greater capacity, please be sure to keep me in mind — it would be absolute pleasure for me to further support our wonderful society and represent the visual impairment community!

2022 ANS Winter Meeting

  • As a result of the DIA travel grant, I was able to attend the 2022 ANS Winter Meeting before my graduation. The conference afforded me the chance to meet peers and experts in the nuclear field for research collaboration and other internship and job opportunities and these are important to me as a PhD nuclear engineering student. At the meeting, I had the opportunity to learn from experts in the technical sessions and accessibility to new and upcoming research. As a speaker for the session titled ‘Next Generation and Accident Tolerant Fuels: II”, I was able to obtain feedback for other experts to further advance my current research. I was also able to network with other speakers at the session and this has led to some future collaboration with other students who are also working with ATFs.
  • While at the conference, I was able to attend other technical sessions such as “Operations and Power: General” and “Modeling Nuclear Power Plant Market Deployments” and from these sessions, I was able to get an overview of the different methods of billing clean energy and how nuclear energy fit into this. I was also able to understand the different expenses incurred when construction delays occur during nuclear plant deployment and learning such information has expanded the area of my knowledge. These are some of the new knowledge that I acquired as a result of attending the conference.
  • In conclusion, this conference opportunity has afforded me the capacity for professional development as well as the ability to interact with experts in the nuclear engineering field. As explained above, the DIA grant allowed me to afford the conference expenses as this is not something that I had the out-of-pocket funds for, and I will always be grateful to the DIA committee for making it possible.

2022 ANS Winter Meeting

  • By receiving the grant, I was able to travel to the ANS Winter Meeting, where I introduce myself to other members of the nuclear community, something I am not able to do in Puerto Rico. This grant helped me discover new industries related to nuclear sciences, which I did not know of before. Many introduced themselves and offered to participate in my student section to offer guidance to our blooming community of new engineers. I am very pleased with what I learned, and I hope to be present in the next meeting.

2022 ANS Annual meeting Recipients

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2022 ANS Annual Meeting

  • The personal benefits afforded to me through my participation in the conference mirror that of my principal objectives: networking with individuals passionate about the future of nuclear science, engineering, and technology — especially in terms of educational practices — and assisting with the facilitation of conference events through the Student Program. Serving as the Session Assistant for both of the ETWDD-sponsored technical sessions (i.e., Cutting-Edge Techniques in Education, Training, and Distance Education), the ability to communicate with Drew Thomas, NEUP Integration Office Manager, while reflecting on the various presentations bolstered my perspective on the importance of this realm of educational work. My ambition to submit a summary for the 2023 Conference on Nuclear Training and Education (CONTE) has, therefore, been reinforced and better enabled in light of these interactions — in conjunction with joining ETWDD. The conference also provided me with the rare opportunity to interface with my peers, colleagues, and friends from the Student Sections Committee (SSC), the Young Members Group (YMG), and those across the academia-government-industry system at large on a face-to-face basis.

2021 ANS Winter meeting Recipients

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2021 ANS Winter Meeting

  • Thanks to the DIA travel grant, I was able to attend the last ANS winter meeting before my graduation. It came at an essential time, where the chance to network in person hadn't been an option for over a year. I loved being able to see familiar faces again as well as meet many new ones and discuss shared research interests with them. I participated in the student program as well, which gave me several good opportunities to become more involved with the meeting. Attending the many different technical sessions is such a good way to broaden your knowledge of your field, and being there in person allowed for the conversations to keep going after sessions ended. It was a great conference in a great location that made the downtime after sessions special too.

2021 ANS Winter Meeting

  • Thank you for helping me fund my trip to the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting. The cost of attending a conference is out of my budget as an undergraduate student with no real income. In past years, students have gotten funding from our department to go to the ANS Student Conference, but that conference has been virtual for the past two years due to COVID. While they were really well-put-together virtual programs, there’s a lot of networking and conversations and unexpected encounters that just don’t happen at a virtual conference. Going to the ANS Winter Conference this year gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of people in the industry before I graduate this fall. This was an extremely valuable experience that has provided me with a lot of new connections and insight into what career opportunities and experiences may await me long-term. Without the funding from the DIA Committee, I may not have attended at all. With it, I was able to cover nearly the entire cost of flights, the hotel room, and registration. I want to sincerely thank the committee for providing me with one of the most unforgettable experiences of my life

2021 ANS Winter Meeting

  • The Winter Meeting was probably the most fun trip I have taken in university, I know that’s a strong statement to start with but I can’t say it enough. The ANS Winter Meeting was my first in-person conference as an undergrad, and from the get-go it was such a surreal experience. I run the social media accounts for my student chapter, and just standing in line for registration I was looking around seeing all of the people whose twitter accounts I’m constantly retweeting and interacting with. From a networking standpoint I got to meet up with students from Wisconsin and MS&T who I have known for a while now, but through my advisors and friends I got to meet people who I never thought would know my name. A benefit for my chapter, and this was probably already in the works but I’m glad I encouraged it at least, came from when I met Steve Nesbitt and told him that we would love to host him for a talk with our chapter. We’ve had the opportunity in years past to meet with the president of ANS, but not in recent years, and now we’re organizing a visit for sometime early next year. In addition to meeting a bunch of professionals and students, another really cool experience for me was in attending as many of the panels and presentations as I could. I didn’t know that nonproliferation was something I was into until I worked one of the panels on Wednesday. I am very grateful for the assistance in attending this conference, and I have spent the weeks since encouraging people to submit things for all of the upcoming conferences

2021 ANS VIrtual Annual Meeting recipients

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2021 ANS Virtual Annual Meeting

  • Attending the meeting was very crucial to me as a PhD Nuclear Engineering student. I was able to network, met people in nuclear field for collaboration, learned new things and many more. At the meeting I was able to get more information and insight on clean energy goals and this was possible by attending Energy Industry CEO roundtable session of the meeting. It was very inspiring, I learned a lot of things and had different perspective. Details of the role nuclear will play in meeting 2050 clean energy goals were discussed. This gave me a more understanding on the subject.
  • I was also able to attend technical sessions where various presentations were made. I also attended workshops during the meeting. NPIC&HMIT Saturday Training Course was particularly informative.

2021 ANS Virtual Annual Meeting

  • Having been to just a few local ANS meetings prior to 2021, going to the annual meeting before starting a nuclear PhD program was a new opportunity on many levels. Instead of just sitting back in a sense of awe and seeing what was going on in a part of the world that I thought I’d only ever be on the fringe of, it afforded me the ability to write down procedures, equipment and experimentation techniques that I could have first-hand experience with within a year. It took me from “Where could I possibly fit in, maybe writing procedures for the nuclear waste industry?” to “What do Raman spectroscopy and EIS voltammetry tell me about spent waste and how can I use them to progress this current work?” It made me look at the presentations not just as new knowledge, but as the sort of things I could be doing with this new knowledge and how to take it a step further.
  • I also wasn’t just looking at the people who were doing those things as faceless experts and a blur of names, but looking to them as the people I would learn from and hopefully work with some day. Ultimately, through the lens of impending grad school, this experience made me incredibly grateful for the chance to look at the nuclear industry with fresh eyes and see myself as part of its future. Thank you for the opportunity.

2021 ANS Virtual Annual Meeting

  • My research area is Thermal-hydraulics and nuclear reactor safety. This meeting is a great opportunity to know the current state of art topics in my area and to understand what other researchers’ research interests are. For example, I did find one paper that is directly related to my current project, the CFD simulation study of wire-wrapped rod bundle geometry. And by reading that paper, I gain some better idea of what direction to follow for my next step plan. There are also some other papers which cited some old but valuable literature which I have been looking for. I plan to contact the author directly and hopefully I can find that reference literature. Even though this meeting is made virtually this year, I still get the chance to talk to other PhD students working in Thermal hydraulics, which will benefit my career development in the future.

2021 ANS Virtual Annual Meeting

  • As a Latina woman and the first member in my family to graduate from college, I do not take opportunities like these lightly. Having the opportunity to learn from experts of the nuclear world in the technical sessions and accessibility to new and exciting research was such an incredible experience. This meeting helped me formulate my own thoughts on how far we could go with space exploration in relation to nuclear technology, the great advances thus far in human factors engineering, and pertaining to my personal interests: nuclear plant instrumentation- NuScale. I had the opportunity to get trained on how to run the NuScale control room simulator at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Not only did I learn to navigate the system with different malfunctions but more importantly, it helped me raise questions about using other initial conditions than the default initial condition.

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