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Research

RadLab

The RadLab at The University of Texas at Austin focuses on research using radiation and radioactivity to improve security and quality of life.

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Facilities

Reactor

The NETL reactor, designed by General Atomics, is a TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor. The NETL is the newest of the current fleet of U.S. university reactors.

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Research

Robotics

The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group is an interdisciplinary research group whose mission is to develop and deploy advanced robotics in hazardous environments in order to minimize risk for the human operator.

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News

August 30, 2016

Adam Drescher Receives the Best Poster Award

August 31, 2017
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Adam Drescher receives the Best Poster award at the 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE26) held in July 22-26, 2018, London, England. Other contributors include Brandon De Luna, Marjolein Pasman, Derek Haas and Sheldon Landsberger.

August 30, 2016

Marjoelin Pasman and Brandon De Luna at AFTAC

August 25, 2017
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Marjoelin Pasman and Brandon De Luna did their internship at the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), based at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida as part of their Department of Homeland Security Funding. Both of them performed experiments in radiochemistry as it is applied to nuclear forensics application.

August 30, 2016

J.D. Williams Student Paper Award Goes to David Broughton

August 25, 2017
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David Broughton (third from the right) received the J.D. Williams Student Paper Award at the 59th Annual Meeting of Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) from July 22-26, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland. The title of his presentation was “Correcting Cylinder Verification Neutron Count Rates for Variations due to UF6 Distribution” which was co-authored by Martyn Swinhoe.

August 30, 2016

Dr. Joe Artnak promoted to Research Associate

August 25, 2017
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Congratulations to Dr. Joe Artnak who was promoted to Research Associate at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab. Joe has been very involved in prompt gamma activation analysis of hydrogen in steel for corrosion studies, mercury analysis in oil pipes and boron in semi-conductor devices.

August 30, 2016

Five Year Fellowship Awarded to Cassidy Elliott

August 25, 2017
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Congratulations to Cassidy Elliot for receiving the very prestigious Cockrell School of Engineering five year fellowship. Cassidy graduated from the University of Alabama in Mechanical Engineering and has begun her work with Dr. Mitch Pryor in the Nuclear and Applied Robotics Program.

August 30, 2016

Fellowship Awarded to Matthew Webb

August 25, 2017
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Congratulations to Matthew Webb for receiving the Cockrell School of Engineering one year fellowship. Matthew graduated from UT Mechanical Engineering and began the PhD program in summer 2018. He spent his second internship at Los Alamos National Lab during summer 2018.

August 30, 2016

Graduate School Mentoring Fellowship Awarded to Isaac Kravitz

August 25, 2017
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Congratulations to Isaac Kravitz was awarded the one year University of Texas prestigious Graduate School Mentoring Fellowship. Isaac graduated from UT Mechanical Engineering and began his MS program in fall 2018. As a Mentoring Fellow Isaac will participate in research activities and instructional activities. He is currently a mentor himself for four fall freshman enrolled in the Freshman Introduction to Research in Engineering (FIRE) program studying Stress Tests for Materials.

August 30, 2016

Florida Memorial University Students Intern at NETL

August 25, 2017
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In July 2018, four undergraduate chemistry students from Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens attended the one month Department of Homeland Security Summer Internship in Nuclear Forensics held at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab. The students ( left to right) Monique De Leon, Alexis Archer, Lyse Louis and Alicia Archer spent the one month following lectures in radiation in the environment, radioactivity, gamma ray spectrometry, radiochemistry and various analytical techniques. Laboratories included, counting statistics, neutron and gamma shielding, Cs-137 soil profile, personnel monitoring, gas chromatography- mass spectrometry, liquid scintillation counting and fission product identification.

August 30, 2016

Sheldon Landsberger Attends the International Atomic Energy Agency Workshop in Vienna

August 25, 2017
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Sheldon Landsberger attends the International Atomic Energy Agency workshop on Training Workshop on the IAEA Neutron Activation Analysis E-learning Course in Vienna Austria from September 3-7, 2018. The E-learning Course was three years in the development primarily by Peter Bode (formerly from the Delft Research Reactor in the Netherlands) and Sheldon Landsberger and two other outside contributions to assist all new comers and those who want refresher information in the field of neutron activation analysis. The course is open to all member states in the IAEA.

August 30, 2016

Mechanical Engineering Students in Ferrara, Italy

August 25, 2017
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Eight Mechanical Engineering students partake in the Gran Sasso Underground Physics Lab visit as part of the Maymester Study Abroad course in Concepts in Nuclear Science and Engineering in Ferrara Italy. This was the third year the study abroad course was given in Italy with twelve students from the Cockrell School of Engineering and three from the Physics Department. An additional four graduate students from Italy joined the group.