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Accolades: Notable Achievements for August 28, 2017

Brakewood Wins TRB’s 2017 Fred Burggraf Award

Candace Brakewood
Candace Brakewood

Candace Brakewood, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently won the Transportation Research Board’s 2017 Fred Burggraf Award.

This international award recognizes the year’s best research paper by researchers 35 years of age or younger, and it is one of the highest honors presented by the Transportation Research Board.

Brakewood authored the paper with three of her former students at the City College of New York.

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TCE Students Present at 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit

Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis
Chris Haseler
Chris Haseler

The 2017 Global Grand Challenges Summit was held July 18-20 at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Of the 49 undergraduate posters that were accepted to present at the summit, four of these were students from TCE:

  • Sara Davis, Nuclear Engineering: Accelerated Thermal Aging Cable Systems for Nuclear Power Plants
  • Chris Haseler, Nuclear Engineering: Analyzing the Use of Variable Cylindrical Moderation for Neutron Source Detection and Localization
  • Christopher Neal, Chemical Engineering: Characterization of Membranes for All-Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
  • Christina Sanford, Civil Engineering: Rush Strong Elementary School Recirculating Sand Filter Rehabilitation Project

The summit was sponsored by the US National Academy of Engineering, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering

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O’Quinn Publishes in High-Impact Journal

Eric O’Quinn, a student of nuclear engineering Assistant Professor Maik Lang, recently published an article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a high-impact journal in chemistry. The article details a disorder in the spinel structure in geological, industrial, and radiological environments. His research provides a framework by which the behavior of spinel can be more accurately modeled.

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Lang and Zinkle Co-publish in Nature Communications

Maik Lang and Steve Zinkle, Governor’s Chair Professor for Nuclear Materials, also published a manuscript in Nature Communications, in May. The paper discusses high-entropy alloys under high pressure.

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Payant Wins First-Place for Poster Presentation

Andrew Payant, a second-year graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering earned a first-place poster presentation prize at  the 18th International Conference on Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems—Water Reactors.

His poster is titled “Modeling Radiation Defect Cluster Evolution in 800H.” It describes how cluster dynamics modeling can be used to predict the microstructure evolution of 800H under neutron irradiation conditions, in addition to shortcomings of the model that need to be addressed for accurate assessment of 800H and other candidate reactor materials

Payant is a member of the Wirth Research Group, headed by Brian Wirth, Governor’s Chair Professor for Computational Nuclear Engineering.