TEES researchers awarded more than $2.2 million for nuclear research

August 26, 2011
| By: Aubrey Bloom

Nuclear engineering professors and TEES researchers Marvin Adams and Paul Nelson were awarded three research grants of more than $2.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Dr. Paul Nelson, professor emeritus of nuclear engineering and current Associate Director for International Programs of Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute, received two grants with Dr. Marvin Adams receiving the third. The grants were part of the $39 million awarded to support up to 51 projects at colleges and universities across the country through the Nuclear Engineering University Program (NEUP).

The projects selected for award cover four nuclear energy research fields including Fuel Cycle Research and Development; Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration; Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation; and Transformative Research.

Nelson's projects were awarded under the Transformative Research mission. His projects, "Improved Safety Margin Characterization of Risk from Loss of Offsite Power" and "Correlates of Sensitive Technologies" were granted $600,000 and more than $500,000 respectively.

Adams project, "Phenomena-based Uncertainty Quantification in Predictive Coupled-Physics Reactor Simulations" was granted more than $1 million and is part of the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation mission.

Through the NEUP, the DOE is working to leverage the research and development capabilities of American universities and colleges to enhance U.S. leadership in the global nuclear energy industry.

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