Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering graduate students Nathan Gibson and Paul Romano were recently awarded Rickover Fellowships in Nuclear Engineering.
Gibson is a first-year graduate student, whose research interests include computational transport theory and reactor physics. His current project focuses on energy self-shielding calculations with the discrete generalized multigroup method. Romano’s research includes collaborations with Thomas Sutton at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and Forrest Brown at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is in his fourth year of graduate study and plans to continue his research on nuclear methods development at one of these labs upon graduation. Both Gibson and Romano work with Assistant Professor Benoit Forget.
The Rickover Fellowship provides 24 months of funding for students enrolled in a full-time master's degree program and 48 months of funding for those in a doctoral degree program. The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of the Naval Reactors Division of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for appropriately trained personnel for the maintenance and development of science and engineering technology as it pertains to naval nuclear propulsion. It assists in preparing students for roles in the naval nuclear propulsion program and supports the broader objective of advancing fission energy development through the research efforts of the Fellows. The technical areas of greatest interest include reactor physics, nuclear materials science and engineering, shielding technology, and two-phase flow.
Other recent winners of the Rickover Fellowship from the department include second-year graduate student Bryan Herman, whose fellowship began in September 2009, and third-year graduate student Jacob DeWitte, whose fellowship began in September 2008.
Herman’s research with Professor Mujid Kazimi focuses on cross section generation methodology for advanced light water reactors using Monte Carlo methods to generate homogenized few group parameters for deterministic full-core simulations. Herman is studying the effect of using three-dimensional lattice geometry for the generation of these cross sections. DeWitte works with Professor Neil Todreas on reactor protection system design alternatives for sodium fast reactors as a means to increase system reliability and performance. DeWitte is investigating passive and active system performance in beyond-design basis transient scenarios.
Learn more about the Rickover Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering