2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award Winners

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D, congratulates the following winners of the 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards. In addition to cash awards, winning students may have other opportunities including participating in an Innovators' Forum or the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting.

Winners of the Open Competition

Advanced Fuels
Drew Johnson
First Place
Drew Johnson
University of Michigan
Quantitative Analysis of Localized Stresses in Irradiated Stainless Steels using High Resolution Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Molecular Dynamics Modeling
Troy Eckleberry
Second Place
Troy Eckleberry
University of Tennessee
Reactivity Assessment of Enhanced Accident Tolerant Claddings in a Modern PWR

Advanced Reactor Systems
David Frazer
First Place
David Frazer
University of California at Berkeley
Degradation of HT9 under Simultaneous Ion Beam Irradiation and Liquid Metal Corrosion
Benjamin Magolan
Second Place
Benjamin Magolan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Multiphase Turbulence Mechanisms Identification from Consistent Analysis of Direct Numerical Simulation Data

Material Protection, Control, and Accountancy
Cody Dennett
First Place
Cody Dennett
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bridging the Gap to Mesoscale Radiation Materials Science with Transient Grating Spectroscopy
Adam Olsen
Second Place (tie)
Adam Olsen
University of Utah
Quantifying Morphological Features of α-U3O8 with Image Analysis for Nuclear Forensics
Adam Weltz
Second Place (tie)
Adam Weltz
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Development of a Modular Directional and Spectral Neutron Detection System Using Solid-state Detectors

Material Recovery and Waste Form Development
Mitchell Friend
First Place
Mitchell Friend
Washington State University
Hafnium(IV) Complexation with Oxalate at Variable Temperatures
Kevin McCann
Second Place
Kevin McCann
Colorado School of Mines
Hexavalent Americium Recovery Using Copper(III) Periodate

Nuclear Science and Engineering
Jason Richards
First Place
Jason Richards
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Selective Partitioning of Ruthenium from Nitric Acid Media
Anna Baldwin
Second Place
Anna Baldwin
Colorado School of Mines
Tributyl Phosphate Aggregation in the Presence of Metals: An Assessment Using Diffusion NMR Spectroscopy

Used Fuel Disposition
Dawn Montgomery
First Place
Dawn Montgomery
Clemson University
The Influence of Citrate and Oxalate on 99TcVII, Cs, NpV and UVI Sorption to a Savannah River Site Soil
Alexander Creely
Second Place
Alexander Creely
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Validation of Nonlinear Gyrokinetic Simulations of L- and I-Mode Plasmas on Alcator C-Mod

Winners of the Competition for Students Attending Universities with Less than $600 Million in 2015 Science and Engineering R&D Expenditures

Adam Burak
Adam Burak
University of Utah
Measurement of Solubility of Metallic Lithium Dissolved in Molten LiCl-Li2O
Justin Felder
Justin Felder
University of South Carolina
Application of a Mild Hydrothermal Method to the Synthesis of Mixed Transition-metal(II)/Uranium(IV) Fluorides

Alexander Hagen
Alexander Hagen
Purdue University
Detection of Special Nuclear Material in Cargo using Continuous Neutron Interrogation and Tension Metastable Fluid Detectors
Patrick Skrodzki
Patrick Skrodzki
Purdue University
Significance of Ambient Conditions in Uranium Absorption and Emission Features of Laser Ablation Plasmas

Caleb Tatebe
Caleb Tatebe
Purdue University
[2π+2π] Cycloaddition of Isocyanates to Uranium(IV) Imido Complexes for the Synthesis of U(IV) κ2-Ureato Compounds

Winners of the Undergraduate Competition

Sarah Abraham
Sarah Abraham
University of Michigan
An Efficient, Affordable Optically Stimulated Luminescent (OSL) Annealer
Kyle Beyer
Kyle Beyer
University of Michigan
Pulse Shape Discrimination Characterization of Stilbene Detectors with Light Guide Coupling and Silicon Photomultiplier Readout

Andrew Boria
Andrew Boria
University of Michigan
137Cs Dosimeter Irradiation Facilities: Calibration Frequency, Precision, and Accuracy
Michael Hua
Michael Hua
University of Michigan
Analytic Error Quantification for Generalized Fast-Neutron Multiplicity Counting Equations

Michael Martin
Michael Martin
University of California at Berkeley
Feasibility of a Breed-and-Burn Molten Salt Reactor