Spring and summer news within Nuclear Engineering

Author: William Meiners and Emil Venere
Global Challenges, Fusion Futures, and New Beginnings

Arden Bement Jr.NSF Director Speaks Back at Purdue

Arden Bement Jr., director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the former head of nuclear engineering, returned to Purdue in March. He was the featured speaker for the inaugural Moshe M. Barash Distinguished Lectureship for Manufacturing Engineering, which is named for the late Purdue professor emeritus. Bement’s talk, titled “In the Barash Tradition: Imagining the Shape of Things to Come,” was about the role of research and innovation in addressing future global challenges ranging from energy security to climate change. The lectureship was sponsored by Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering.

Bement, the former David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue, also held appointments in materials engineering and electrical and computer engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Krannert School of Management. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-year career in industry, government and academia.

Bement became NSF director in 2004 and had previously been named director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in November 2001. As NSF director, he oversees a budget of more than $6 billion that supports the research and education of roughly 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators, and students across the United States.

Jean Paul AllainProfessor Allain Goes to Washington

In June, Jean Paul Allain, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, was invited to participate in an extremely important national committee that will set the national agenda for nuclear fusion research for decades to come. Through the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Fusion Science is developing a strategic plan for U.S. fusion research in the next 25 years. The panel’s work culminated in a Washington, D.C., gathering to compile the report, which was subsequently sent to the U.S. Congress in August.

Allain was one of about 75 scientists considered leaders in their respective fields, but one of the few less than 40 years of age. One of the more challenging issues examined is the role that materials will play in the future of fusion science.

Allain, who has a courtesy appointment in materials engineering, describes his research as a “cross between nanotechnology, nuclear engineering, and materials.” With three different grants from the DOE in the last year, Allain is sure to play a pivotal role in helping shape the fusion future.

Ashley Lauren Brooks and Kellie ReeceStaff News

Kellie Reece was promoted to administrative assistant to the head in March, and Ashley Lauren Brooks began as the school’s new academic program manager in May. Brooks will be responsible for assisting students throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers by participating in recruitment, graduation and everything in between. Says the new hire, “I am excited to be a part of the students’ experience here at Purdue and hope to be a beneficial resource for anyone involved in our program.”