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January 18, 2022

Stylianos Chatzidakis named Outstanding Engineering Teacher

Stylianos Chatzidakis, assistant professor at the School of Nuclear Engineering (NE), received the distinction of Outstanding Engineering Teacher by the College of Engineering. Faculty, lecturers and other staff were recognized for their outstanding dedication to teaching Boilermaker Engineers. Only 100 or so individuals across the college were acknowledged.
January 12, 2022

NE's Tsoukalas is director of new Center for Intelligent Energy Systems

With a main objective of advancing artificial intelligence (AI) approaches related to energy in the pursuit of smarter energy systems, the College of Engineering in fall 2021 authorized the new Center for Intelligent Energy Systems (CiENS). Lefteri Tsoukalas, professor in Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering, is the center’s director.
December 15, 2021

Bae wins 'Pitch Your PhD' Competition

Junghyun Bae, PhD student at the School of Nuclear Engineering, won the ‘Pitch Your PhD’ Competition during the 2021 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting and Technology Expo. Hosted in Washington, D.C., Bae was selected from six other finalists from top nuclear programs around the country.
November 16, 2021

The Purdue Exponent: Nuclear Reactor is a 'hidden gem' on campus

Humming quietly in the basement of the Electrical Engineering building, PUR-1, Indiana’s first and only nuclear reactor, has been the prized possession of the school of nuclear engineering for the past six decades. “I consider the reactor to be a hidden gem on campus,” said Ashvini Malshe, associate marketing and communications specialist for the school of nuclear engineering. “We’re not just a myth,” she chuckled.
November 2, 2021

Alumnus Justin R. Hardy promoted to commanding officer of USS Alaska

KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) –The Gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) held a change of command onboard Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, Oct. 29. Cmdr. Justin Hardy relieved Cmdr. Adam Thomas as the Gold crew’s commanding officer in a ceremony held at the base chapel. Retired Capt. Mark Davis was the guest speaker at the change of command.
October 22, 2021

Crawford named Directed Energy Graduate Scholar

Travis Crawford, PhD student at the School of Nuclear Engineering (SNE), was named a 2021-2022 Directed Energy Graduate Scholar. Awarded by the Directed Energy Professional Society’s (DEPS) Board of Scientific & Engineering Advisors (BSEA), Crawford was one of only twenty graduate students across the country who received this honor.
October 8, 2021

Hany Abdel-Khalik creates ‘self-aware’ algorithm to ward off hacking attempts

It sounds like a scene from a spy thriller. An attacker gets through the IT defenses of a nuclear power plant and feeds it fake, realistic data, tricking its computer systems and personnel into thinking operations are normal. The attacker then disrupts the function of key plant machinery, causing it to misperform or break down. By the time system operators realize they’ve been duped, it’s too late, with catastrophic results.
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