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News Archives : 2007

NSE team wins undergraduate design competition at ANS Annual Meeting

Jeff Freidberg

(l-r) Yuri Podpaly, Jennifer Choy, Leslie Dewan, and Jennifer Lobo, winners of the undergraduate design competition at this year's ANS International Meeting in Washington, D.C. (Team member Bao Truong was not able to attend.)

A five-member MIT team won the undergraduate design competition at the American Nuclear Society's International Meeting (November 11-15, 2007). Their project, "Design for a Compact Neutron Interferometer," was created as part of course 22.033, "Nuclear Systems Design Project," taught by Professors David Cory and Andy Kadak.

"The team did an excellent job against stiff competition from the University of Florida," Professor Kadak writes. "If you see them, please give them your congratulations!"

Jacopo Buongiorno receives SOE's Junior Bose Award

Congratulations to NSE Professor Jacopo Buongiorno who received the 2007 Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Bose Award was established in 1995 to complement the original Bose Award by recognizing excellent contributions from the junior faculty of the School of Engineering.

Alan Jasanoff receives $1.5 million NIH award

Alan JasonoffNSE Assistant Professor Alan Jasanoff is one of four MIT faculty honored by National Institutes of Health for "exceptionally innovative" research. He will receive $1.5 million over five years for winning a New Innovator Awards from the National Institutes of Health. Read full article from MIT TechTalk.

Photo: Donna Coveney

Bilge Yildiz joins NSE faculty

Bilge YildizNewly appointed Assistant Professor Bilge Yildiz received her Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 2002. Prior to joining the NSE faculty, she worked at Argonne National Laboratory for 3 years. Professor Yıldız' research focuses on understanding the interplay between structure, properties, and performance in electrochemically active material interfaces in nuclear technologies. Further information is available on her website.

Three NSE students receive scholarships

Mike Golay

Left: Jacopo Buongiorno presents the ANS Thomas Memorial Scholarship Award to NSE senior Jessica Flores; Middle: Andy Kadak presents the ANS Pittsburgh Local Section Undergraduate Scholarship to Aero/Astro senior Joe Yurko; Right: Ian Hutchinson presents Bo Feng with the ANS Graduate Scholarship Award.

Mike GolayMike Golay named ANS Fellow for "extraordinary leadership"

Michael Golay, professor of nuclear science and engineering, was named a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society at the society's annual meeting June 26. Golay is being recognized for "extraordinary leadership" and "major contributions to the nuclear field."

ANS 2007 Annual Meeting


NSE hosted two events at the recently-concluded ANS Annual Meeting, held this year in Boston: A special symposium focused on the nuclear fuel cycle, dedicated to the memory of Manson Benedict and chaired by MIT Professor Emeritus Neil Todreas, and reception and dinner for over a hundred NSE alumni, faculty, spouses and guests.

Special Symposium. Neil Todreas, Honorary Chairman of this year's ANS Annual Meeting, hosted a special symposium on June 26 in remembrance of Manson Benedict, founder and first Head of the NSE department.

The symposium focused on the nuclear fuel cycle, and featured three speakers:

  1. Dr. Frank O. Carre (SM, '75), Program Director at Comm a L'Energie Atomique:
    "The Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems' Sustainability and Transition from LWRs" (pdf)
  2. Charles W. Forsberg, Oak Ridge National Laboratory:
    "Alpha and Omega: Which Direction for the Fuel Cycle?" (pdf)

    (Note: Dr. Forsberg was a scheduled speaker at the symposium but was unable to attend; the attached pdf is the presentation he had prepared for his talk.)
  3. Dr. Alan S. Hanson, Executive Vice President of AREVA:
    "Near-term Options for Treatmentand Recyle" (pdf)
  4. Mujid Kazimi, NSE Professor and Director of the MIT Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems: "Actinide Burning in Reactors:Options and Outcomes (pdf)"

Through the Lens: MIT Students View the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department

A photography exhibit presented by students in the undergraduate course, "Photography and Related Media," taught by Andrea Frank. The photography projects are on display in various hallways, offices and elevators throughout the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department.

NSE Prof Andy Kadak on 60 Minutes

As part of 60 Minutes feature story on a renaissance in nuclear energy, NSE Professor Andy Kadak was interviewed on Pebble Bed reactors and why the technology is meltdown proof. Watch the video and visit the 60 Minutes site for full coverage of their nuclear report.

New Lieutenant in NSE

MoneeNSE grad student Moneé Freas was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the US Navy on June 1, 2007. She was sworn in by Captain Patrick Keenan, MIT Professor of the Practice in Mechanical Engineering.

Monee enlisted in the Navy in October 1997 as a Nuclear Electronics Technician, and was accepted into the officer program in 2000. When she receives her degree in September 2007, Monee will transfer to her next duty station, SPAWAR San Diego.

Jacopo Buongiorno appointed to Soderberg Professorship

NSE Assistant Professor Jacopo Buongiorno has been appointed as the Carl Richard Soderberg Professor of Power Engineering for a three year term, effective July 1.

Professor Buongiorno's research focuses on the investigation of fundamental transport phenomena in colloidal suspensions of nanoparticles (known as nanofluids), with the goal of exploring their applications in such nuclear systems as fission reactors, accelerator targets and fusion reactors. He is the Director of Center for Nanofluids Technology at MIT.

The Soderberg Professorship was established by MIT in 1975 in honor of Soderberg's 80th birthday. Soderberg, who taught at MIT from 1938-1960, is noted for his pioneering work in the design and development of turbine engines.

NSE grad students receive awards at ANS student conference

Congratulations to the following students who won Technical Session Awards for best paper/presentation within their technical session at the recent ANS student conference, held March 28-April 1 at Oregon State:

Professor Sow-Hsin Chen and co-authors receive PNAS honor for article of "outstanding scientific excellence and originality"

PNASThe Cozzarelli Prize, named after former Editor-in-Chief who encouraged researchers to "push the envelope of discovery," will be presented to Professor Chen at the National Academy of Sciences Award Ceremony on April 29, in recognition of his 2006 article, "The violation of the Stokes–Einstein relation in supercooled water (S-H, Chen, F. Mallamace, C-Y. Mou, M. Broccio, C. Corsaro, A. Faraone, and L. Liu).

Professor George E. Apostolakis elected to the Nat'l Academy of Engineering

George ApostolakisNSE Professor George E. Apostolakis has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Please join us in congratulating him. Website

NSE alum JU LI honored as "2007 Young Innovator Under 35" by Tech Review

George ApostolakisNSE alumn Ju Li (PhD, 2000) has been honored as one of Tech Review's "2007 Young Innovators Under 35." Currently an assistant professor at Ohio State University, Ju Li was a member of Professor Sidney Yip's research group from 1994 to 2001, first as a graduate student, then as a Postdoctoral Associate and Research Scientist.

Professor Li's research provides molecular-level insights into how chemical bonds in materials can break or reform under stress.

Says Professor Yip, "Ju Li's work is enabling the design of new materials based on fundamental principles and predictive modeling, as well as the performance optimization of existing materials.  Given the materials-centric nature of much of the science and technology of our society, the impact of his research is far reaching.

The Tech Review award joins a growing list of major awards for Ju Li, including the Presidential Early Career Award in 2005 and the Outstanding Young Investigator by the Materials Research Society in 2006.

In September, MIT will host the 2007 Emerging Technologies Conference, and will honor the Tech Review winners in a series of ‘Meet the TR35' presentations and receptions. A full list of honorees is available online at Technology Review.

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