Women on the Move

WoMEn on the Move

This past year has seen a significant number of women who have impacted the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering program at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Bonnie CanionBonnie Canion has accepted a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Nuclear Security Physics Group. Bonnie completed her dissertation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with her dissertation in spring 2016 in “Incorporation of Photon Analysis into an Active Interrogation System for Shielded Uranium Characterization”




Urairisa (Birdy) Phathanapirom, PhD student,  is interning for seven months at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna in their Waste Technology Section within the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology. The team's goal is to share best practices on radioactive waste disposal with Member States.




Rachel MourneauRachel Mourneau, PhD student, is completing her dissertation work at Los Alamos National Lab. Her PhD research focuses on design modifications to nuclear reactors which increase their proliferation resistance by making their used fuel harder to use in a nuclear weapon."



Undergraduate student Emily Crowell-Stevens did an internship Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) based in upstate New York, is a world-class research and development facility dedicated to support of the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.  She has ben offerred a permanent position at the lab once she graduates in spring 2017.



Second year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students Kayla Kelley (right) and Camila Castro (left) were sponsored to attend the annual US Women in Nuclear (WIN) conference held in Charlotte, NC July 10-13, 2016. It is the premier network of more than 8,000 women and men who work in nuclear- and radiation-related fields around the country. Both Kayla and Camila are entering the Mechanical Engineering Nuclear Certificate program.



Congratulations to incoming MS student Christina Petlowany for being awarded the Cockrell School of Engineering Multiyear Stipend Fellowships. Christina who hails from Rice University in Houston in Mechanical Engineering is only one of 4 entering graduate students in all of the CSE to receive a twelve month award. In years 2-5 Christina will be supported by Nuclear and Applied Robotics with additional continued annual fellowship support.




Congratulations to Celeste Bergeron who graduated from the Radiation Physics Option. She has accepted a job offer from Harris Corporation as a Research Analyst. Celeste will mostly be working on contracts for the Department of Defense.




Congratulations to Ann Uribe who was accepted to the graduate program at the University of Texas at El Paso in Mechanical Engineering and the new Nuclear Engineering Option.  She will specialize in nuclear materials.  Ann graduated with a Nuclear Certificate in the Mechanical Engineering Department.