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Oak Ridge report shows nuclear engineering grads on the rise
OAK RIDGE — The number of nuclear engineering graduates increased at U.S. universities in 2015, resuming a growth trend that was interrupted by a one-year dip in 2014. That was among the findings of an annual study conducted by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
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INS Research Featured in Science
Research by Dr. Howard Hall and his team is featured in Science Vol 351, Issue 6278, 11 March 2016 . The article, titled "Who Dropped the Bomb," examines research approaches in post-detonation forensics for potential instances of nuclear explosion.
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Dodds speaks to American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Professor Emeritus H. L. Dodds, former head of the UT Nuclear Engineering Department, was an invited speaker at an April 2016 meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The subject of his presentation, “Energy Choices and Consequences,” is based on a seminar course that he began developing after his retirement from UT and subsequently taught several times in the Chancellor’s Honors Program. He has also given presentations on this subject, which he continually updates, to several civic groups (Kiwanis, Rotary, Sertoma, etc.) and at energy conferences in both the U.S. and abroad (Turkey and China).

(Posted 4/18/16)

Radiochemistry Center of Excellence Attends National Nuclear Security Administration’s Symposium
The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Stewardship Science Academic Program (SSAP) Annual Review attracted more than 300 attendees to its recent event in Bethesda, Maryland. Among them were seventeen members of UT’s Radiochemistry Center of Excellence, also known as Radchem. Speakers, presenters, and poster sessions covered a range of technical topics related to nuclear research, with UT’s presence widely felt. The poster competition alone saw 120 presentations, all designed by students, laboratories, or consortia. UT’s seventeen entries came in well ahead of second-place University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which had eleven. Other universities, labs, and consortia averaged one to three posters. Radchem also brought research assistant professor of nuclear engineering John Auxier, known for being the youngest radiochemistry professorial hire—as well as the only radiochemistry professorial hire—in the country for 2015. Along with Auxier, Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security Howard Hall and Professor of Chemistry George Schweitzer give UT three of the rare but important positions. Established with a $6 million grant by the NNSA in 2013, Radchem has been an overwhelming success, producing five dissertations, forty-two conference papers, and eleven publications related to radiochemistry. Unlike many such centers whose primary areas of growth are with educational partners, Radchem’s work partnerships with industry and labs, such as with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, and others, give students practical knowledge before they enter the workforce. Radchem currently funds seventeen graduate research associates. It has seen four of its students win awards for best presentations at the American Nuclear Society and Institute for Nuclear Materials Management conferences, two others win the American Chemical Society’s Coryell Award for undergraduate research, and another win an award for best poster at this year’s SSAP Symposium. Radchem’s research facilitates breakthroughs in medicine, environment, agriculture, archaeology, and astronomy, but an area of particular focus is national security. Given that, it should come as no surprise that the US Army currently fully funds three students at the center to help build its nuclear counterproliferation officer corps. In fact, three other such students have come through UT in the past; two of them are now teaching at the US Military Academy at West Point.
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(Posted 4/1/16)

Governor’s Chair Wirth To Address University of Michigan Engineers
UT nuclear engineering professor Brian Wirth is considered one of the leading authorities in nuclear materials and modeling how those materials behave in extreme environments. The latest acknowledgement of his expertise came from the University of Michigan, whose Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department invited him to be its keynote speaker for the fifth annual Richard K. Osborn Lecture in Ann Arbor on Friday. “Being selected to present the Osborn Lecture to the nuclear engineering students and faculty at Michigan is a wonderful recognition, both personally and also for the research activities being performed in our group,” said Wirth, the joint UT¬–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Computational Nuclear Engineering. “The Governor’s Chair position is one of the best jobs a researcher can have because it provides a platform to develop large multi-institution collaboration, and I think being selected to speak at Michigan is a reflection of those collaborations.” Michigan, whose nuclear department was recently named number one overall among both public and private universities, began the lecture series as a way to honor Osborn, who was a professor there from 1957 to 1986. In a neat twist, Osborn began his career at UT as a lecturer in 1952 before working at the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology and then taking the job at Michigan. During his career, Osborn devoted his time to a wide variety of research thrusts, including nuclear physics, neutron transport, and plasma. He was a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the American Nuclear Society, and was the 1965 winner of the American Society for Engineering Education’s Western Electric Fund Award. “These annual lectures are a tribute to Professor Osborn’s unwavering dedication to education of students in fundamental science,” said Ron Gilgenbach, chair of Michigan’s nuclear engineering department. “It is the goal of these lectures to inspire future generations of students in nuclear theory, simulation, and experiments.”
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(Posted 3/31/16)

Y-12 Simulation a Valuable Lesson for Nuclear Engineering Students
A class of University of Tennessee, Knoxville, nuclear engineering students recently got the educational opportunity of a lifetime, thanks to the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge. Y-12 invited students from one of Howard Hall's classes to the complex, one of the top nuclear facilities in the world, for what is known as a tabletop simulation. As the joint UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Global Nuclear Security, Hall directs the Global Security Policy program at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy as well as UT’s Institute for Nuclear Security. Also known as a battleboard military exercise, the event split the students into two opposing forces with the idea of offering real-world practical lessons for UT’s nuclear engineering and nuclear security students in the face of a variety of nuclear scenarios. "Things have changed so much since I arrived here at Y-12 in 1995," said Bill Tindal, Y-12 site manager for Consolidated Nuclear Security, which oversees the facility. "Those changes demand the next generations think in new ways about how to solve the complex problems presented by today’s terrorism. "That's why courses like the one these students engaged in are so important." Blue Versus Red The exercise started well in advance of the visit, with students divided into teams representing an adversary and a protective team, coded red and blue respectively. Over the course of a semester, the students planned strategies based on a model nuclear facility. "The tabletop exercise is, for me, a highlight of the nuclear security program at UT," said Hall.
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(Posted 2/29/16)

ANS Honors Hash Hashemian with Excellence Award
American Nuclear Society selects Hash Hashemian, nuclear engineering adjunct professor and alumnus, and his team with the Robert L. Long Training Excellence Award for 2015.
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(Posted 10/12/2015)

ANS Receives Glasstone Award
UT's American Nuclear Society student chapter is chosen as the best student chapter for the first time in University of Tennessee history.
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(Posted 8/28/2015)

Undergraduate student Emily Frame Places 3rd in the 2015 ORNL NESLS Best Poster Award

Press Release from ORNL
Emily Frame worked in the Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division and was advised by Robert Duckworth. Thirty-one of the NESLS students presented their work at the 2015 Summer Student Poster Session, which were judged for their excellence in technical achievement and presentation. The participants represent many areas of research throughout the laboratory, including research reactors, fusion, safeguards and nonproliferation, material sciences, nonreactor nuclear facilities, reactor and nuclear systems, radiosotope production, and CASL.
(Posted 8/12/2015)

Dr. Lang Recognized for Powe Award
Maik K. Lang
Dr. Maik Lang was awarded the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Junior Enhacement Award. Dr. Lang accepted a plaque from Chancellor Cheek on July 20th to honor this achievement.
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(Posted 8/14/2015)

Remy Devoe Awarded a Second Place Prize in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards
Press Release from Innovations in Fuel Cylce Research

CANYON, TX – Remy Devoe, an M.S. student in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee, has been awarded a Second Place prize in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies. Devoe’s award is in the Open Competition in the category of Used Fuel Disposition. His award-winning research paper, “COBRA-SFS Dry Cask Modeling Sensitivities in High-Capacity Canisters,” was presented at the International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference in April 2015.

In order to be successful and retain its leadership role in nuclear technologies, the United States must foster creativity and breakthrough achievements to develop tomorrow’s nuclear technologies. The Department of Energy has long recognized that university students are an important source of breakthrough solutions and a key component in meeting its long-term goals. The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program was developed for this purpose.

The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among students and DOE representatives.

The program awarded 18 prizes in 2015 for student publications relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

For more information on the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program, visit
(Posted 8/12/2015)

Justin Griswold Receives the (SCGSR) Award
Justin Griswold, a student within the Department of Nuclear Engineering, has been selected to receive the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award in response to the SCGSR Solicitation 2015. The award is for the proposed SCGSR research project, Ac-225 Production via Proton Irradiation of Th-232. The selection of Justin for the SCGSR award is in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments and the merit of the SCGSR research proposal, and reflects Justin’s potential to advance the Ph.D. studies and make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science.
(Posted 8/10/2015)

Governor's Chair Professor Appointed as Member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee
Dr. Brian D. Wirth
Governor’s Chair Professor Brian Wirth has been appointed to a 3-year term as a member of the Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (FESAC). The FESAC reports to the Director of the Office of Science within the Department of Energy, and provides advice and recommendations on scientific, technical and programmatic issues relation to the fusion energy sciences program. Wirth was chosen to provide expertise related to materials and plasma facing component behavior in the burning fusion plasma environment, in which the materials will have to perform under extreme conditions with very high flux levels of low-energy neutral and gas ions and thermal fluxes, in addition to very high levels of 14-MeV neutrons.
(Posted 7/15/2015)

Hines Elected ISEAM Fellow
Dr. Wes Hines
Dr. Wes Hines was elected Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM) on 28 June, 2015.
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(Posted 07/10/2015)

Dodds Appointed to International Advisory Council
Dr. H.L. Dodds
Professor Emeritus H.L. Dodds, former head of the College of Engineering's Department of Nuclear Engineering, recently returned from Harbin, China, where he participated in the inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Council for the Harbin Engineering University College of Nuclear Science and Technology (HEU CNST).
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(Posted 07/10/2015)

Dr. Wes Hines graduated in the inaugural class of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership at Georgetown University
Dr. Wes Hines
Dr. Wes Hines graduated in the inaugural class of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership at Georgetown University. This group of 20 administrators from across the country spent the last 8 months studying critical higher education challenges. The diploma was presented to Dr. Hines by Jeffrey Selingo, past editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Posted 06/09/2015)

NEUP Grants Awarded to UT Nuclear Engineering Faculty
Dr. Steve Zinkle, Governors Chair, will receive a 400,000 NEUP award. Dr. Richard Wood will also receive 1,000,000 NEET award. Congratulations to Dr. Zinkle and Dr. Wood on this wonderful achievement!

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    UT's Hines Named American Nuclear Society Fellow for 2015
    Dr. Wes Hines
    KNOXVILLE—Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been elected Fellow of the American Nuclear Society. The ANS honors members for outstanding accomplishments in nuclear science or nuclear engineering. Criteria for consideration include having "compiled a professional record of experience marked by significant contribution to the advancement of one or more of the various disciplines served by the Society."

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    Wirth Receives Top DOE Honor, Credits UT-ORNL Partnership
    Dr. Brian D. Wirth
    The US Department of Energy has named Brian Wirth, a joint UT College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory appointee, an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award winner for 2014. Given by the DOE in recognition of research supporting science, energy, or national security, it is considered the highest achievement that a midcareer researcher can receive. Established in 1959, the award honors Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a 1939 Nobel laureate and inventor of the cyclotron—an accelerator of subatomic particles.

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    Hines Earns SEC Faculty Achievement Award
    Dr. Wes Hines
    Dr. Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was chosen as the UT winner of the 2015 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award, announced on Wednesday, April 8. Each award winner becomes his or her university’s nominee for the 2015 SEC Professor of the Year Award.
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    2015 Alexander Prize
    Dr. Belle Upadhyaya
    This year’s Alexander Prize honors the teaching and research of Belle Upadhyaya, a core member of UT’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is an elected fellow of both the American Nuclear Society and the International Society of Automation, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Upadhyaya helped establish the National Science Foundation–funded Reliability and Maintainability Center at UT. He has developed state-of-the-art technologies such as smart field devices and has helped bring national recognition to the nuclear engineering program, particularly for its roles in reactor control, instrumentation, system monitoring, and diagnosis research and development. His expertise has led him to visiting lecturer positions throughout Europe, South America, and Asia, including national nuclear energy institutes in France, the Netherlands, and South Korea. Upadhyaya has published more than 325 articles and helped author more than 130 research reports. He has mentored more than fifty doctoral and master’s students. (Posted 04/13/2015)

    2015 Chancellor’s Research Awards
    Dr. Lawrence Townsend
    Lawrence Townsend, professor of nuclear engineering, is an internationally recognized expert in space radiation effects. He has received the prestigious NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the highest scientific award given by the agency, for his work in nuclear interactions of cosmic radiation with matter and their implications for space radiation exposure and shielding. He has since been recognized for his research by the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division of the American Nuclear Society, which awarded him its 2013 Professional Excellence Award. He was also a recipient of the NASA Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement for Science Team Award (for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Science Mission Team) in 2013. He has served on many national and international advisory boards, including the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement. In the past ten years he has authored or coauthored more than sixty refereed journal articles and given twenty-one invited talks at conferences and workshops. (Posted 04/13/2015)

    2015 Chancellor’s Research Awards
    Dr. Lawrence H. Heilbronn
    Since joining UT in 2008, Lawrence Heilbronn, associate professor of nuclear engineering, has received national and international recognition for his work in nuclear measurement related to space radiation research. His work has impacted the fields of particle radiotherapy, shielding, and transport code development. He’s also conducted collaborative research in Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, and Canada. His close ties with the experimental and theory community have earned him a place as the experimental principal investigator on a four-year $6-million joint theory-experiment research project that has the potential to save NASA millions on its next generation of manned missions. (Posted 04/13/2015)

    Discovery Canada highlights work of nuclear engineering professors
    Dr. Howard HallDr. Steven Skutnik
    The College of Engineering was recently part of an episode on scientific breakthroughs thanks to Discovery Channel Canada.
    Governor's Chair Howard Hall and assistant professor Steven Skutnik, both of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, appeared on the show to talk about a prototype they've helped develop for detecting radiation.
    "We were delighted to spend the day filming a field trial of our radiation detection technology with them," said Hall. "Through the hard work of our students preparing for the demo we were able to demonstrate a fast and effective search for a simulated radiological threat device."
    Their device not only can detect the presence of radiation, but, critically, can give the user a directional bearing for the location of the material, whereas devices like Geiger counters, for example, can only signal if radioactive material is present.
    Having that ability to better locate questionable material or leaks is critical when time is of the essence.
    "Our detector system will allow law enforcement personnel to rapidly locate illicit radioactive materials in the field," said Skutnik. "In places like a crowded urban environment knowing where the source is matters just as much as being alerted to its presence."
    Their team is in the process of patenting the breakthrough, which should allow them to then bring it to market. View the video report from Discovery Canada >> (Posted 10/3/2014)

    Dodds presents energy seminar in China
    Dr. H.L. Dodds
    Dr. Lee Dodds, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, recently lectured in China on "Energy Choices and Consequences." His talk was based on a seminar course that he developed after his retirement from UT and now teaches in the UT Honors Program. Dodds presented first at the New Energy Forum-2014 Conference in Qingdao, where he was one of several invited keynote speakers for the opening plenary session that included three Nobel Laureates. His second presentation was to students and faculty at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), where he was the guest of Dr. Way Kuo, President of CityU and former Dean of the UT College of Engineering. (Posted 10/3/14)

    UT Professor Named American Nuclear Society Fellow

    Hines presents ANS Don Miller Award
    Hash Hashemian, an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at UT, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, one of the highest honors in his field. "It is extremely difficult for someone to be chosen as a fellow by the society, so for anyone in our field it is a huge honor," said Hashemian. "I cannot tell you how humbled I am by this."
    The company that he co-founded with former nuclear engineering head Tom Kerlin—Analysis Measurement Services Corporation—is involved in one way or another in every nuclear energy facility in the United States, as well as some in Europe and Asia, a fact not lost on the society.
    According to the group, the selection of Hashemian was in large part due to his "outstanding achievements in the development and application of industry-leading instrumentation and control testing and analysis equipment and services . . . of significant value to the worldwide nuclear industry."
    Condra Chair and Chancellor's Professor Lawrence Townsend, Professor Belle Upadhyaya, and Governor's Chair Steven Zinkle, all full-time faculty in UT's nuclear engineering department, are also ANS fellows.
    "This is a tremendous honor for Hash, and one we can be proud of because of his connections to UT, both now and as one of our graduates," said Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering. Hashemian is a 1977 graduate of UT's Department of Nuclear Engineering.
    In addition to his doctorate in nuclear engineering, Hashemian also has doctorates in electrical engineering and computer engineering. He is a fellow of the International Society of Automation, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and a member of the European Nuclear Society.
    Include the fact that he's written or co-authored seventeen books and more than 300 papers—which have been translated across the globe—and has advised NASA, the defense department, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, among others, and his selection seems natural.
    "Our industry has had its ups and downs, but we've always kept striving to maintain that edge," said Hashemian. "I always cared deeply about doing something, and I've been able to stick to a plan that worked. If you have a dream and are willing to work hard to make it come true, good things will happen."
    Hashemian and other honorees will be recognized and during the annual ANS winter meeting in Anaheim, California, on November 10. (Posted 9/10/14)

    Hines presents award at international conference
    Hines presents ANS Don Miller Award
    Dr. Wes Hines, representing the American Nuclear Society (ANS), presented the Don Miller Award for excellence in nuclear instrumentation and control to Dr. Hidekazu Yoshikawa, of Kyoto University, at the International Symposium on Future I&C for Nuclear Power Plants International Symposium on Symbiotic Nuclear Power Systems 2014 (ISOFIC/ISSNP 2014) in South Korea. Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, presented three papers at the conference, then visited Harbin University in China. (Posted 8/29/14)

    Hayward receives DOE support for new research
    Dr. Jason Hayward
    The US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration awarded Dr. Jason Hayward, UCOR Fellow in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, $750,000 over the next three years for an investigation called "Advances to Fission Chain and Multiplicity Analysis in Large Uranium Assemblies Using Imaged, Time-Tagged Prompt Neutron and Gamma Nuclear Data." The goal of this work is to use the imaged data that comes from tagged neutron interrogation measurements of large uranium assemblies with a deuterium-tritium generator in order to develop analytical, physics-based methods to interpret the images in a quantitative manner. Specifically, the research team will determine properties including the mass and enrichment of the uranium in real-time, even in the case where assemblies include significant shielding that blocks part of the useful signatures. Prior methods to interpret the images have relied on iterative Monte Carlo modeling, which is not practical for field use. Relevant nonproliferation missions for this work include arms control, dismantlement, and nuclear material control and accountability. Seth McConchie from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a partner in this work, and the software developed will be incorporated into ORNL's Fieldable Nuclear Materials Identification System. Prior work on tagged neutron interrogation in Hayward's group, funded by the Department of Homeland Security and National Science Foundation beginning in 2009, focused on development of detector instrumentation to improve imaging system performance. This new research focuses instead on algorithm and methods development, which is required in order to lay the groundwork that will usher tagged neutron interrogation systems into the field. (Posted 8/22/2014)

    Upadhyaya named ISEAM Fellow
    Dr. Belle Upadhyaya
    Dr. Belle Upadhyaya, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was elected as a Fellow of the International Society of Engineering Asset Management (ISEAM) on August 11, 2014. (Posted 8/22/2014)

    UCOR Reaffirms Commitment to College of Engineering
    Hines presents ANS Don Miller Award
    The College of Engineering's strong connection to the research, development, and governmental activities of the various facilities in the Oak Ridge area was on display again this week, as officials from UCOR presented Dean Wayne Davis the latest installment in a $250,000, five-year commitment to the college. "The help from partners like UCOR in our continuous drive to improve our college cannot be overstated," said Davis. "Having top faculty members is vital to any success we have, and they allowed us to strengthen ourselves by hiring Jason Hayward through their fellowship support." UCOR, the federal contractor with the responsibility for cleaning up several sites in the East Tennessee Technology Park, has a keen interest in any development or breakthrough concerning nuclear science. That focus made Hayward, an expert in radiation detection, nuclear nonproliferation, and imaging, a natural selection for the UCOR Faculty Fellow position. "As a cleanup contractor of a nuclear site, UCOR is committed to ensuring continued excellence in nuclear education," said Matt Marston, UCOR chief operating officer. "This fellowship is an important step to fulfilling that commitment." The fellowship is one of many recent high points for both the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Hayward, who has brought in more than $9 million in research funding since he came to UT in 2008. This year alone UT's nuclear engineering department tied as the country's number five graduate school—number four for public universities—in US News and World Report's rankings, signed an agreement with Czech Technical University in Prague, and had nine Nuclear Energy University Programs scholarship winners, the most in the country and a program high. (Posted 8/15/14)

    Townsend Honored at American Nuclear Society Meeting
    Dr. Lawrence TownendSeveral members of the College of Engineering's Department of Nuclear Engineering recently took home awards at the American Nuclear Society's annual meeting in Reno, Nevada, with Professor Lawrence Townsend receiving a particularly high honor.
    Townsend, the Robert M. Condra Professor of Nuclear Engineering, received the Professional Achievement Award he won in 2013 for research activities including extensive publications in radiation protection dosimetry and particle transport methods related to space radiation environments.
    "To be singled out for an award by your peers is certainly a great honor," said Townsend, who is also a Chancellor's Professor. "This is something that means a lot to me, and it reflects well on what we are doing in the department."
    The award is the latest in a distinguished career for Townsend, who joined the department at UT in 1995 after a 14-year stint at NASA's Langley Research Center.
    In addition to being elected a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society in 2005, and Fellow of the Health Physics Society in 2006, Townsend was recognized by NASA with the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1993 and has been named his department's professor of the year four times.
    Townsend's recognition at the annual meeting was not the only one for UT, however, as several students won awards and multiple faculty members made or took part in presentations.
    Student winners included:

    • Colton Oldham, Sophomore award
    • Mikah Rust, Junior/Senior award
    • Travis Labossiere-Hickman, Raymond Di Salvo Memorial Scholarship
    • Alyxandria Wszolek, Operations and Power Division Scholarship
    Presentations from Department of Nuclear Engineering staff included:
    • "Human Factors, Instrumentation and Controls," Jamie Coble
    • "Hybrid Molten Salt Reactor," Laurence Miller
    • "Human Reliability in Nuclear and Radiological Systems," Joe Stainback and Howard Hall
    • "Preliminary Investigation of Turbulent Flow Behavior of 3-D Twin Jets Using Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis," A. E. Ruggles
    • "Microcomputer Servomotor Positioning," J. D. Shewmaker
    • "Vision Based Self-Learning Teleoperation Control System," Bill Hamel
    • "Advanced Pallet Cladding Interaction Modeling Using the DOE Fuel Performance Code," Nathan Capps and Brian Wirth
    • "Progress in Mechanistic Understanding of Nuclear Materials," Steven Zinkle
    • "Multiscale Modeling of Nanoscale Precipitate Stability in Irradiated Structural Materials," Brian Wirth and Dongua Xu
    • "UN Kernel Development for Fully Cermic Microencapsulated fuels for LWRS," Chinthaka Silva
    • "Characterization of Non-Irradiated Ti-Si-C and Ti-Al-C Max Phase Materials," Steven Zinkle
    • "Modeling of Neutron Irradiation Hardening of Iron," X. Hu, D. Xu, and Brian Wirth
    • "Comparison of UVP and PIV Measurements of the Mixing of Parallel Vertical Jets," Cody Wiggins and Arthur Ruggles
    (Posted 8/5/14)

    Maryville's Lollar Named First AMS Nuclear Engineering Graduate Fellow
    Victor LollarAnalysis and Measurement Services Corporation has announced the formation of the AMS Nuclear Engineering Graduate Fellowship UT, with Maryville native Vic Lollar the first recipient. "To be selected the inaugural fellowship recipient is a tremendous honor for me," said Lollar. "I've really enjoyed the time I've had here at UT so far, and I'm thankful to have been able to do undergraduate research under Belle Upadhyaya."
    Lollar's research in graduate school will be directed toward nuclear power plant instrumentation and control, as well as monitoring issues. "I plan to study the same things in graduate school that AMS is known for doing so well," said Lollar. "It will be a great experience to learn from their engineers and to work on cutting-edge research projects."
    "AMS has been a valued partner of our department since their inception," said Department of Nuclear Engineering head Wes Hines. "They have supported us in a number of key ways, including research funding, employment of students, and even bringing engineering practice into our classes through lectures from Adjunct Professor Hash Hashemian." Knoxville-based AMS was co-founded in 1977 by Hashemian, a UT nuclear engineering alumnus, and former nuclear engineering department head Tom Kerlin to help various aspects of the nuclear power industry, from testing to troubleshooting. "We're involved in every nuclear power plant in the United States," said Hashemian. "Being able to partner with UT and to give students real-world knowledge and even experience is something that can't be measured."
    For Hashemian, the opportunity to help his alma mater came naturally. "I've been involved with UT and with every department head for nuclear engineering since [Pietro] Pasqua, the first one," said Hashemian. "The energy Hines has is contagious. He really makes me want to be involved in any way I can."
    The new fellowship adds to a string of recent successes for the department. Among other highlights, US News and World Report named its graduate program the fourth-best in the country among public universities in March. Then, just last month, the department signed an agreement with Czech Technical University in Prague that opens up sharing ideas, research, even visits from faculty and students. "By supporting a student thorough the last year of graduate school, this grant is another recognition of the good work that the people in our department are doing," said Hines. "Corporate investments in our program such as this enable our department to raise its prestige in our drive toward being the best one it can be." (Posted 8/5/13)

    Upadhyaya visits French nuclear facilities
    Upadhyaya in France Dr. Belle Upadhyaya, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, participated in a technical visit of French nuclear facilities for US University Nuclear Engineering professors June 29–July 5, 2014. The visit was organized by the French section of the American Nuclear Society (SFANS) and sponsored by AREVA, Electricite de France (EDF), Commissariat á l'Energie Atomique (CEA), and ANDRA. Read more >> (Posted 7/25/14)

    Nuclear Engineering paper by Knoxville native earns top honor in Europe
    Dr. Wes Hines A University of Tennessee Nuclear Engineering research team was honored with the Best Paper Award at the 2nd European Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society (PHME14). This conference brings together the European community of PHM experts from industry, academia, and government in diverse application areas such as energy, aerospace, transportation, automotive, and industrial automation. PHME14 was held in Nantes France from July 8-10, 2014. The paper "Prognostics for Light Water Reactor Sustainability: Empirical Methods for Heat Exchanger Prognostic Lifetime Predictions" was presented at the conference by Dr. Wes Hines. The lead author was Zach Welz, a new graduate student in Nuclear Engineering; contributing authors were Alan Nam, Dr. Michael Sharp and Dr. Belle Upadhyaya. Research funding was provided by the DOE Nuclear Engineering University Program (NEUP) and the Lloyds Register Foundation and the International Joint Research Center for the Safety of Nuclear Energy. Lloyd's Register Foundation helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. (Posted 7/10/14)

    UT's Hines Honored by American Society for Engineering Education
    Dr. Wes HinesKNOXVILLE—The American Society for Engineering Education has named Wes Hines, head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Glenn Murphy Award winner for 2014.
    The award, named for one of the pioneering leaders in nuclear engineering at the collegiate level over a four-decade career at Iowa State, is one of the society's top honors.
    "I am very honored and humbled to receive the Glenn Murphy award," said Hines. "It is great to be recognized for dedication to teaching excellence and to be associated with someone like him."
    The award, consisting of an honorarium and a certificate, is given annually to an ASEE faculty member serving in a full-time role in either the US or Canada.
    Chosen by friends, colleagues and former students of Murphy, the honoree must exhibit excellence in teaching, both in laboratories and classrooms; make significant contributions to literature in the field; use real-life issues or problems to get students involved; and put forward breakthrough ideas, analysis or contributions to nuclear engineering.
    "We're extremely proud for Wes Hines to be considered for such a prestigious award, let alone be chosen as its recipient," said Wayne Davis, dean of the College of Engineering. "Being recognized by his peers at the highest level further cements the thought that our Department of Nuclear Engineering is on the right path."
    Hines said nuclear engineering prides itself on being forward-thinking. "The use of such initiatives as offering the first master's degree through distance delivery is just one way that we've taken new approaches to what we do," he said.
    The award is the latest for Hines, who has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of Ohio State University and received a distinguished professor award from Duke Power as well as numerous research and teaching awards and fellowships since joining UT in 1995.
    For more on the American Society for Engineering Education, visit (Posted 6/19/14)

    Skutnik receives ORAU award
    Dr. Steve Skutnik
    Dr. Steve Skutnik, assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was the recent recipient of an Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. ORAU awarded competitive research grants totaling $175,000 to thirty-five junior faculty from ORAU member institutions. Read more >> (Posted 6/9/14)
    Dodds presents in Istanbul
    Dr. H.L. Dodds
    Dr. H. Lee Dodds, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, recently returned from Istanbul, Turkey, where he delivered the keynote address at the opening plenary session of the Nuclear Power Plants Summit. His presentation, entitled "Energy Choices and Consequences," is based on a new seminar course that he began to develop after his retirement from UT. The presentation has been given to several civic organizations and also to technical organizations such as the American Nuclear Society, Hong Kong Nuclear Society, and Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China. Dodds' next presentation is scheduled for September, 2014, at the New Energy Forum-2014 in Qingdao, China, where he is an invited speaker in the opening plenary session. (Posted 6/9/14)

    COE strengthens ties with Czech Technical University in Prague
    Emily Frame
    Students from the Department of Nuclear Engineering, led by assistant professors Dr. Ondrej Chvala and Dr. Eric Lukosi, spent two weeks in May at Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic. It's all part of a developing bond between the two universities as they move to build a closer relationship. "This represents a great chance for UT students to share ideas with counterparts from another part of the world, to work through real-world scenarios, and to gain experience in a way different from what they might otherwise see," said College of Engineering Dean Wayne Davis. Read more >> (Posted 6/9/14)

    UT Nuclear Engineering Students Awarded Four Scholarships Through the American Nuclear Society
    The American Nuclear Society scholarships are presented to undergraduate students of nuclear science and engineering in recognition of outstanding efforts and academic achievements in pursuit of a college education. Several University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students in the College of Engineering's Department of Nuclear Engineering have received these highly sought-after scholarship. These students are:

    • Colton Jacob Oldham received the Sophomore Undergraduate Scholarship.
    • Mikah Ray Rust received the Junior/Senior Undergraduate Scholarship.
    • Travis James Labossiere-Hickman received the Raymond DiSalvo Memorial Scholarship.
    • Alyxandria Lorraine Wszolek received the Operations and Power Division Scholarship
    Congratulations to all! (Posted 5/21/13)

    UT Nuclear Engineering Students Awarded Nine Scholarships, Three Fellowships Through DOE Program
    Several University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students in the College of Engineering's Department of Nuclear Engineering received a nice start to the summer as Nuclear Energy University Programs announced its most recent award recipients, with UT netting nine undergraduate scholarships and three graduate fellowships.
    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Integrated University Program, undergraduate winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, while the graduate fellowship winners receive $50,000 annually over three years, as well as $5,000 toward summer internships at national laboratories or other approved locations.
    "Having our students selected for these honors is a validation of the things we've got going on in our college," said Dean Wayne Davis. "For our students to be recognized like this speaks to their dedication, innovation and commitment to their work."
    The goal of the program is to strengthen ties between students and the DOE's nuclear energy research programs. Students are expected to take on studies of some of the challenges facing the industry today, including sustainability and efficiency.
    The nine scholarships break UT's previous high of six, and represent the most awarded to any university, while the three fellowships are tied for the most in this year's awards.
    The three graduate students awarded fellowships are Daniel Hamm, Elizabeth Jones and Ryan Sweet.
    The nine undergraduate students awarded scholarships are Sarah Combee, Kaitlyn Darby, Travis Labossiere-Hickman, Tucker McClanahan, Danielle McFall, Gregory Meinweiser, Mikah Rust, Whitney Smith and Alyxandria Wszolek. (Posted 5/19/14)

    Nuclear Engineering Study Abroad to Prague is underway

    Study Abroad
    The Nuclear Engineering Study Abroad to Prague is underway. Pictured here are students Salman Altamimi, Naser Burahmah, Kaitlyn Darby, Tucker Mcclanahan, Melissa Megonigal, Whitney Smith, Eric Welch, Alexander Wheeler, and Fahad Zaman; and faculty Dr. Eric Lukosi and Dr. Ondrej Chvala. The group are at the active uranium mine and yellowcake facility located near the village of Dolní Rožínka. The students are standing in the yellow cake storage facility. Yellow cake is a processed oxide of Uranium which is extracted and concentrated from Uranium Ore. It is the raw material that is subsequently enriched and used for fuel in nuclear reactors. (Posted 5/12/14)

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    Oak Ridge native and senior in Nuclear Engineering, Emily Frame, is completing a study abroad program at the Czech Technical University in Prague. She is seen here working with the Czech students reconfiguring the core in the research reactor. (Posted 5/12/14)

    Dr. Jason Hayward wins 2014 Research and Creative Achievement—Professional Promise at the Chancellors Honors Banquet

    Jason Hayward
    Jason Hayward keeps busy, with fifteen peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and presentations around the globe in just a year. He holds a joint appointment with UT, where he is an assistant professor of nuclear engineering, and with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Nuclear Materials Detection and Characterization group. Within his field, Hayward has drawn praise for his work focusing on radiation instrumentation, a field of great importance to nuclear physics, astrophysics, nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, medical imaging, and materials research. The US Department of Energy recently honored him with its Early Career Award for his professional promise. (Posted 4/30/14)

    Nuclear Engineering initiate new chapter of Alpha Nu Sigma, the nuclear engineering honor society

    Alpha Nu Sigma was formed in 1979 to recognize high scholarship, integrity, and potential achievement in applied nuclear science and nuclear engineering among outstanding students. The University of Tennessee chapter, the Tennessee Alpha Chapter was initiated this year to recognize our premier students in the nuclear engineering field. The charter members were inducted into the new chapter at the Nuclear Engineering Awards Banquet held on April 24, 2014. Qualified students will be inducted on an annual basis to recognize high scholarship in the field of nuclear engineering.

    Alpha Nu Sigma
    The attached photograph shows, from left to right, Dr. Martin Grossbeck, chapter advisor, Blake Palles, John Stooksbury, Daniel Hamm, Jennifer Littell, Cody Wiggins, Kaleb Darrow, and Danny Tran. The UT Department of Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board met on April 28, 2014 (see picture below). (Posted 5/13/2014)

    The UT Department of Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board met on April 28, 2014 (see picture below). (Posted 4/30/2014)
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    Front Row (L to R): Dr. Yassin Hassan (Texas A&M), Dr. Neal Zapp (NASA), Ron Cocherell (Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.), Dr. Daniel Stephens (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Neal McCraw (Merrick & Company), Desmond Chan (Bechtel Power Corporation), Dr. Cecil Park (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Gary Gilmartin (Gilmartin Engineering Works), Chris Clark (BWXT Y-12), Dr. Wes Hines (Department Head, UTNE)

    CNN, Czech newspaper feature views on Ukraine from nuclear engineering trio
    Dr. Ivan Maldonado
    Dr. Howard Hall, a Governor's Chair in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Natalie Manayeva, a research assistant at the Institute for Nuclear Security, and Dean Rice, adjunct faculty member and former congressional aide, have had an article they wrote on the situation in Ukraine featured by CNN and a Czech Republic newspaper, Neviditelný Pes. (Posted 04/25/14) Read more >>

    UTNE Department Head receives ASEE Award
    Dr. Wes Hines
    UTNE Faculty and Department Head, Dr. Wes Hines has been chosen as the recipient of the 2014 ASEE Glenn Murphy Award in recognition of deistinguished accomplishments. The award will be presented to Dr. Hines at the Annual Awards Ceremony during the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 15-18, 2014, Indianapolis. (Posted 4/23/14)

    Nuclear engineering soccer team finds success
    UTNE Soccer
    What's NU? soccer team: top row: Cole Gentry (Captain), Cody Walker, Fahad Zaman, Salman Altamimi;
    bottom row: Cory Griffard, Dr. Ivan Maldonado, Naser Burahmah.
    Not photographed: Ben Dabbs, Mustafa Elmas
    The UT Department of Nuclear Engineering soccer team, called What's NU?, has reached an unprecedented level of success this year. The team qualified to the playoffs and has won their first game of the playoffs. The team's current record stands at three wins and one loss. Rumor has it that their "old professor," Ivan Maldonado, scored a goal during their last game.
    The team includes students from Dr. Maldonado's NE470 class (Cody Walker, Fahad Zaman, Salman Altamimi, and Naser Burahmah), one of his PhD students (Cole Gentry), plus other graduate students and former NE470 survivors (Cory Griffard and Ben Dabbs). The team's name "What's NU?" is an old joke often told in NE470, where nuclear engineers should always answer "2.54 neutrons per fission." (Posted 04/14/14)

    Maldonado speaks at Wheaton College
    Dr. Ivan Maldonado
    Dr. G. Ivan Maldonado, associate professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, recently lectured during the 2014 Wheaton College Science Symposium. Maldonado's talk was titled "A View of the Near-Term Evolution of Light Water Reactor Technology."Read more about the symposium >>(Posted 04/14/14)

    Icove named first UT Professor of Practice
    Dr. David Icove
    Dr. David Icove, research professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is UT's first Professor of Practice, a position made possible through a new partnership with Underwriters Laboratories. The position is established with the goal of offering a course in fire engineering forensics that could change the way many things, from appliances to residences, are built. Read more >> (Posted 04/14/14)

    Hines talks R&M at Maryland symposium
    Dr. J Wesley Hines
    Dr. J. Wesley Hines, Postelle Professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was an invited speaker at the twenty-fifth Reliability Symposium on April 2 at the University of Maryland. His talk was titled "Development of a Successful Program in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering." Read more >> (Posted 04/04/2014)

    COE graduate program in nuclear engineering ranked fifth
    One of the fastest growing graduate programs at UT has again risen in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report graduate rankings. The graduate program in the Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE) now ranks fifth among all universities in the nation. The College of Engineering's overall graduate program also climbed to thirty-sixth among all public universities. NE ranked sixth in the nation in last year's list. Read more >> Posted (3/28/2014)

    INS hosts delegation from Jordan University
    Jordan University Visit

    From left: Natacha Peter-Stein (UT INS), John Auxier (UT NE), Dr. Joe Stainback (UT NE),
    Dr. Ziad Kodah (JUST Nuclear Engineering), Dr. Howard Hall (UT NE),
    Dr. Salaheddin Malkawi (JUST Nuclear Engineering Department Head), and
    Mariia Berezina (US State Department).

    UT's Institute for Nuclear Security (INS) and the Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE) hosted a delegation of senior faculty from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in early February. The JUST faculty were part of a State Department sponsored visit, and were exploring curriculum efforts in nuclear security studies. The INS has fostered the development of a number of classes and course modules across a number of departments, including extensive coursework as part of NE's Nuclear Security Science and Analysis graduate certificate program. (Posted 2/28/14)

    David Dixon named "Scholar of the Week"
    David Dixon
    David Dixon, a PhD student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, was named the Quest Scholar of the Week for achievements he has made in a series of projects while working at Los Alamos National Laboratory.Most recently, he was honored as part of a team for his work on a new type of nuclear reactor that could be used on space flights. Read more >> (Posted 1/31/14)

    NE students selected by DOE for fellowships
    Students Anagha Iyengar and Cole Lillard, from the Department of Nuclear Engineering, have been competitively selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to be 2014-2015 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Program Fellows.
    This twelve-month, full-time, salaried fellowship program provides participants with specialized training and practical experience on projects and initiatives that contribute to a safer world. In addition to gaining valuable experience working with federal government programs, participants have opportunities to collaborate with DOE, as well as other government agencies, national laboratories, and non-governmental organizations.
    Iyengar completed her MS degree in nuclear engineering in December 2013, and she is now pursuing her doctorate. Lillard completed his MS degree a year earlier and has been working at Pantex. This is the second year that two nuclear engineering students from UT have been selected for this very competitive program. All of these graduate students have been advised by either Dr. Jason Hayward or Dr. Howard Hall in nuclear engineering. (Posted 1/31/14)

    Zinkle Named American Physical Society Fellow
    Hines Vienna
    Steven Zinkle, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Nuclear Materials, has been elected fellow of the American Physical Society. Zinkle was named for his significant contributions to the fundamental understanding of radiation effects in metallic and ceramic materials. An authority on the effect of radiation on materials in fission and fusion nuclear reactors, Zinkle came to UT from ORNL in 2013. At ORNL since 1985, he has also received the US Department of Energy's E.O. Lawrence Award among numerous awards and is a fellow of five other professional societies and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.(Posted 1/10/14)


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