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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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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

Dr. Haas Leads Students to the MARC Conference

August 31, 2017
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Derek Haas led eight students, one research scientist and one post-doc to the 11th Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC) conference in Kona, Hawaii. From left on the first row: Brandon De Luna, Daniel Kinn, Derek Haas, Joe Artnak, Matthew Stokley, Maggie Byers and Marji . The back row from the left: Mikaela Blood, Daniel Barron, Adam Dresher, and Nick Hashem. MARC is the premier conference in the USA in this area and perhaps the most prestigious in the world with so many nuclear forensics applications. Dr. Haas served on the Assistant Publicity Chair and the Technical Review Committee and was also a Session Chair. A total of eleven oral presentations and posters were given (http://www.marcconference.org/wp-content/uploads/marcxi_FinalProgram_20180410.pdf).

August 30, 2016

Matthew Webb Presents His EHP Thesis

August 31, 2017
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Matthew Webb makes a presentation at the Spring 2018 Engineering Honors Thesis Symposium (http://www.engr.utexas.edu/undergraduate/advising/honors/thesis). An Engineering Honors Program (EHP) student’s thesis is the culmination of their undergraduate research at The University of Texas at Austin. Areas of research examined by EHP students are often the fields in which these students find their careers after graduation or pursue in graduate school. Matthew is making a presentation of his initial research completed at Los Alamos National Lab last summer entitled Mechanical Design of an Apparatus for Experimental Validation of the Plasma Kinetic Model for Electrostatic Discharge.

August 30, 2016

Senior Design Class

August 31, 2017
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The team worked with their sponsors from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to design and simulate an automated method to transfer a 2-ton fuel assembly from the containment vessel to a storage pool while under water and with safeguards monitoring capability. The system would be meet Nuclear Regulatory Commission and International Atomic Energy standards for safeguards and safety and function with minimal maintenance for 50 years. The system was designed and a scale model was built and tested at the at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab to demonstrate system performance. The design team included Di Sun, Haewon Kim, Dr. William Charlton (Director NETL), Dr. Carolyn Scherer (LANL), Isaac Kravitz and Dr. Erich Rauch (LANL).

August 30, 2016

Exploring Nuclear Waste Disposal Methods

August 31, 2017
Madison Suarez, Nithya Ketavarapu and Christine Lin

Madison Suarez (left), Nithya Ketavarapu (center) and Christine Lin (right) are exploring nuclear waste disposal methods in the United States as part of their upper division Mechanical Engineering Communication course. This course is to develop professional communication skills for engineers, with emphasis on research, writing, and oral presentation on topics of social and technical significance in engineering.

August 30, 2016

Dr. Fabio Mantovani Gives Two Presentations at NETL

August 31, 2017
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Dr. Fabio Mantovani from the Department of Physics and Earth Sciences University of Ferrara Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico, Ferrara, Italy gave two presentations at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab (New Challenges of Airborne Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy) and in Nuclear Safety and Security class (Reactor Antineutrinos: A Worldwide Reference Model). Dr. Mantovani will once again host the Maymester Study Abroad Program with Dr. Landsberger in offering Concepts in Nuclear and Radiation Engineering at the University of Ferrara.

August 30, 2016

Brianna Barth Chosen as Finalist for the President's Student of the Year Award

August 31, 2017
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Brianna Barth was selected as one of 10 Finalists in UT Austin’s 2017-2018 competition for the President’s Student Employee of the Year Award. She was nominated by Dr. Derek Haas based on her work as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory and her accomplishments in that position are extremely impressive. Brianna will receive an employee bonus of $100, generously funded by Texas Performing Arts. Brianna accepts the award from President Greg Fenves (right), Dr. Soncia-Reagins-Lilly, VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students (middle) and Darrell Bazzell, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (left).

August 30, 2016

Brandon De Luna Wins 2nd Place for Poster

August 31, 2017
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Brandon De Luna wins 2nd Place for the Poster “Design of an In-Core Fission – Spectrum Neutrons Irradiation Facility with Pneumatic Sample Transfer at a Research Reactor during graduate recruiting event from March 1-3. Each year some 25-30 Mechanical Engineering graduate student applicants in all the technical areas are invited for a 3-day event. As part of the recruiting efforts current graduate students present posters on their current research. Brandon is currently Dr. Derek Haas’s PhD student and is supported on a Department of Homeland Security grant.

August 30, 2016

Dr. Landsberger and Dr. Charlton Receive 4-year Grant from Los Alamos National Lab

August 31, 2017
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Dr. Sheldon Landsberger and Dr. William Charlton receive a 4-year $771,000 grant from Los Alamos National Lab for support of several staff distant learners as well as graduate and undergraduate student support in the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program (NRE). A strong commitment between the Los Alamos and the NRE distant learning program at the University of Texas continues to flourish. At present a total of 15 LANL staff members are completing their MS and PhD degrees.

August 30, 2016

Kayla Kelly Presents Fall Research Work

August 31, 2017
Kayla Kelly in front of her poster

As a continued commitment to undergraduate research Junior Kayla Kelly presented her fall research work on Economic and Thermodynamic Modeling pf a Moltern Salt Thermal Energy Storage System at a Nuclear Power Plant. PhD Student Neal Mann was her mentor and Dr. Erich Schneider was the faculty advisor. Typically only a dozen Mechanical Engineering students partake in this effort each semester. A full report and poster session is obligatory.

August 30, 2016

Dr. Landsberger Reappointed as Editor

August 31, 2017
Dr. Landsberger with water and mountain landscape behind him

Dr. Sheldon Landsberger has been reappointed for 3 years as Editor, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Special Issues and Reviews till 2021. This international journal is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal on environmental radioactivity and radioecology. It was established in 1984 and is published by Elsevier. Its editor-in-chief is Stephen C. Sheppard (ECOMatters Inc.) and is an affiliated journal of the International Union of Radioecology. The 2016-2017 impact factor was 2.31.

August 30, 2016

Dr. Sheldon Landsberger Teaches Gamma Ray Spectrometry Workshop in Israel

August 31, 2017
Dr. Landsberger in front of projected presentation

Dr. Sheldon Landsberger gave a three-day workshop from February 20-22 to the Nuclear Engineering Unit at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. The workshop was very well attended by students and staff members from national laboratories. A wide range of gamma-ray spectrometry topics were discussed. This is the first time such an intensive workshop was given to the Nuclear Engineering Unit.

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UTSA’s Dr. Guo with Bryan Gamboa and signed ONR commitment letter.