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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!