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Illinois to host ANS 2021 Student Conference!

The American Nuclear Society Student Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been successful in its bid to host the 2021 ANS Student Conference! The conference theme is "Saving the World One Atom at a Time."

"This theme reflects the important role the nuclear sciences will play in solving many of the world's grand challenges," according to the proposal written by conference co-hosts Nate Reid, Samuel Dotson, and Jeremy Mettler, all NPRE students.

Nathan Reid, Sam Dotson, Jeremy Mettler
 
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Gift of TV monitors facilitates student collaboration

Two large digital monitors the NPRE alumni board has gifted to the department are providing a terrific means for students to collaborate on projects. Set up in Talbot Laboratory's second floor student lounge, the 75-inch monitors can be connected to student laptops, allowing clear views for larger groups of students as they work together.

"This is a very tangible example of how alumni can impact the education of today's students," said NPRE Department Head Rizwan Uddin.

Students working with the new monitor
 
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The value of partnerships

NPRE's mission is to provide our students with the best possible education in nuclear engineering, plasma/fusion technologies, and radiological sciences, while leading ground-breaking, transformational research in all of these disciplines. Among our goals are to reward and encourage faculty, support contributions of graduate students, enhance undergraduate experiences beyond the classroom, and provide state-of-the-art facilities for all in pushing the boundaries of discovery. Our corporate partners, alumni and friends play a pivotal role in these objectives.

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Sisters find their future in NPRE

Alexandra and Erin Fanning not only both decided to go to Illinois to become engineers, but also both decided to become nuclear engineers. Their dad's work at Argonne National Laboratory had influence, but there was more to their decisions than that.

"I was the most passionate about (nuclear engineering), and I just loved learning about issues involving nuclear power in the world," said Alex. Added Erin, "It's nice that it's Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, so it's almost like having three majors in one."

Erin and Alexandra Fanning
 
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NPRE gathering at ANS Winter Meeting

NPRE Department Head Rizwan Uddin hosted several alumni November 19 during a gathering in conjuction with the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C. Participants got to visit with old friends while hearing the lastest about what's happening in NPRE.

NPRE gathering, ANS Winter Meeting
 
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Great response for NPRE's "Ask Me Anything"

Want to know a whole lot more about nuclear engineering, particularly about NPRE at Illinois? Follow this thread from the department's "Ask Me Anything" Reddit social media session, held October 16 during National Nuclear Science week.

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Majdi Radaideh gains ANS Mark Mills Award

For the third time in the past five years, the American Nuclear Society has recognized an NPRE PhD for having produced the best original technical paper nationwide. Majdi Radaideh has won the 2019 Mark Mills Award for his work on the broad nature of high-dimensional modeling.

Majdi Radaideh with Tomasz Kozlowski
 
 
 

Curreli collaborates with WEST tokamak

Prof. Davide Curreli is collaborating on an international project to simulate operations of the WEST tokamak in France, with an end goal of advancing development of the ITER fusion device. The objective of Curreli’s computational modeling will be to increase understanding of and improve use of tungsten as a plasma-facing material in fusion energy reactors.

Davide Curreli collaborates with students
 
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Imaging research extended to map Alzheimer's disease

Prof. Ling-Jian Meng and his group are extending functional X-ray imaging techniques they developed for mapping trace metals in living animals to allow for 3-D imaging of iron, copper, and zinc in brain tissues of mice carrying Alzheimer's disease.

Ling-Jian Meng
 
 
 

Fusion symposium draws international participation

Fifty-five scientists from 12 countries were drawn to the Urbana campus this past fall for the 6th International Symposium on Liquid Metals Applications for Fusion that NPRE plasma/fusion faculty organized and hosted.

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Check out our re-designed website!

We want your experience in navigating and accessing information on NPRE to be as friendly and easy as possible, so we have introduced a re-designed website this fall. Please check it out and let us know what you think! Also, if you would like updates on what is going on in NPRE and statistics on the department, please view our recent print newsletter, and annual facts sheet!

NPRE re-designed website
 
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