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U of I Students Earn Innovations in Nuclear Technology R and D Awards

September 09, 2019

University of Idaho College of Engineering graduate student John Peterson and materials science and engineering senior James Zillinger were awarded Innovations in Nuclear Technology Research and Development Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology Research and Development. The program recognized 25 students in 2019 for publications relevant to innovative nuclear technology.

Peterson, who is conducting research at the Center for Advanced Studies in Idaho Falls, received his award in the program's energy policy category for his research paper "An Overview of Methodologies for Cybersecurity Vulnerability Assessments Conducted in Nuclear Power Plants." The paper was published in the journal Nuclear Engineering and Design in May.

Zillinger's award is in the undergraduate competition. His award-winning research paper, "Investigation of Production Parameter Effects on Spark Plasma Sintered Molybdenum Cermet Wafers for Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Applications," was presented at the Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space Conference in February 2019.

The Innovations in Nuclear Technology R and D Awards program is designed to award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative research publications relevant to nuclear technology, demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in nuclear energy-relevant disciplines and support communication among university students and Department of Energy representatives.

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