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NSE’s Dennett, Magolan, and Creely win 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards

Cody Dennett, Benjamin Magolan, Alexander Creely, MIT

NSE’s Cody Dennett, Benjamin Magolan, and Alexander Creely have won awards in the 2017 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D.

Cody Dennett has been awarded a First Place prize in the Open Competition in the category of Material Protection, Control, and Accountancy. His award-winning research paper, “Bridging the Gap to Mesoscale Radiation Materials Science with Transient Grating Spectroscopy,” was published in the journal Physical Review B in December 2016. Dennett is a fourth-year PhD student working with Professor Michael Short.

Benjamin Magolan has been awarded a Second Place prize in the Open Competition in the category of Advanced Reactor Systems. His award-winning research paper, “Multiphase Turbulence Mechanisms Identification from Consistent Analysis of Direct Numerical Simulation Data,” was presented at the International Conference on Mathematics & Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science & Engineering in April 2017. Magolan is a fifth-year PhD student working with Professor Emilio Baglietto.

Alexander Creely has been awarded a Second Place prize in the Open Competition in the category of Used Fuel Disposition. His award-winning research paper, “Validation of Nonlinear Gyrokinetic Simulations of L- and I-Mode Plasmas on Alcator C- Mod,” was published in the journal Physics of Plasmas in March 2017. Creely is a fourth-year PhD student working with Professor Anne White.

The Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative nuclear-technology-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in nuclear-technology-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among university students and Department of Energy representatives.

The program awarded 23 prizes in 2017 for student publications relevant to innovative nuclear technology. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

Learn more about the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program.

Photo, left to right: Cody Dennett, Benjamin Magolan, Alexander Creely

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