NE students gain favorable results from Senior Design projects

The Purdue University School of Nuclear Engineering (NE) held its annual Senior Design Project showcase. A total of seven teams had the opportunity to present their industry-sponsored projects.
Team RGA poses at the CoE Senior Design Expo (photo by Vincent Walter)
Team RGA poses at the CoE Senior Design Expo (photo by Vincent Walter)

They were sponsored by ATLAS Energy System LLC, Exelon Generation Corp, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), RGA Labs, Inc. and Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC.

Based on evaluations by NE faculty and industry representatives of the presentations given and the final design report, the NRC-sponsored project won. The project was titled, “Design and Application Machine Learning System for Predictive Emergency Response.” The project team, made up of students Zachery Dahm, William Kelley and Sarah Kannapell, was mentored by Todd Smith, Senior Lvl Advisor in the Division of Preparedness and Response within the Office of Nuclear Security & Incident Response at the NRC.

The winning team will participate in the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Student Design Competition at the ANS Winter Meeting in November.

The RGA Labs, Inc.-sponsored team, mentored by Robert G. Abboud, participated in the College of Engineering’s inaugural Design Expo, winning the Industry Impact Award. Their project, titled, “PUR-2 Pebble Bed Microreactor,” was one of over 70 presented during the event. Members included students Richard Capitan, Madison Green, Shelby Scheulen, Connor Meeks and Mitchell Ferrel. In addition to the award, they received $1,000.

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Source: Shripad Revankar,