Source: DOE NE  | May 30, 2018

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) has a pressing mission to revive, revitalize and expand the U.S. nuclear sector.

The best way to accomplish this is by doing what America does best—innovating new ideas and technologies.

NE recently named the winners of its 2018 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards.

Twenty three undergraduate and graduate students from across country will split $50,000 in awards for their transformative research in developing tomorrow’s nuclear technologies. Including several from the University of Tennessee.

“I have never seen a time where there is more excitement and where we have been on the cusp of greater transformation in the nuclear sector then what we are witnessing now,” said Ed McGinnis, the principal deputy assistant secretary for NE. “If there were ever a time for our nation’s youth to get into the nuclear sector, to have a great significant impact, it’s now.”

Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards
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Graphic by Sarah Harman | U.S. Department of Energy

Innovation Awards

The ninth annual Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards provide cash prizes to graduate and undergraduate students for innovative nuclear research as demonstrated through journal publications and conference presentations.

There are three competitions for undergraduates, students attending universities with less than $600 million in 2016 Science and Engineering R&D expenditures, and an open competition—eligible to all students in each of the following categories:

  • Advanced fuels
  • Advanced reactor systems
  • Energy policy
  • Material recovery and waste form development
  • Material protection, control, and accountancy
  • Nuclear science and engineering
  • Used fuel disposition.

A selection of students will also participate in upcoming events such as the 2018 Nuclear Technology R&D Annual Meeting, the 2018 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting and an Innovators’ Forum—designed to engage students in nuclear R&D.

The Innovation Awards are administered by the University Research Alliance at West Texas A&M University in partnership with NE.