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The American Nuclear Society held its annual national student conference in early April, and five UML students made the trip to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to participate.
Hicham Saade, Eric Johnson, Michael Dunlevy, Russell Hauver and Doug Kinsman joined hundreds of other nuclear engineering students in addressing the importance of nuclear power in the national energy agenda.
The theme of the conference, “Nuclear Power: A Look at the Future,” drew more than over 300 of the top nuclear engineering students from across the country to present research about nuclear energy, nonproliferation and international safeguards. Among student presenters was UML graduate student Doug Kinsman. His master’s thesis, “Novel Photocatalytic Energy Converter for Nuclear Safeguards Applications,” served as his panel subject.
“These are some of the students who will emerge as the next generation of leaders in the field,” says Don Steiner, director of Rensselaer’s nuclear engineering program. “The Department of Energy has been encouraging utilities to seriously consider new nuclear power plants, and there are going to be large numbers of retiring nuclear engineers in the coming years. The students are plugged into these issues, and that makes them very excited about the future of nuclear engineering.”