Millennials are in a unique position to shape the future of the nuclear field. Taking this seriously, students in the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University and members of the U.S. Department of Energy - Office of Nuclear Energy are hosting a Millennial Nuclear Caucus on Purdue's West Lafayette campus.
NE Assistant Professor, Janelle Wharry recently received the Young Leaders Professional Development Award from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS). This award provides an opportunity for young, professional members of TMS to advance in the field of materials science through participation in activities.
Anna Biela has a hard time remembering exactly when she became hooked on nuclear science. "From a very young age, I just knew about nuclear and how important it was," she said. Anna is on the verge of graduating from Purdue University with a degree in nuclear engineering. She has plans to go to grad school to further her research on reactor core physics.
Her goal is to develop advanced reactors—an area and a career path she is very passionate about.
With its rich history in engineering, Assistant Professor Janelle Wharry joined the Purdue University School of Nuclear Engineering in July 2016 and has been advancing the comprehension of how irradiation affects mechanical performance of materials, especially nuclear reactor structural materials. She and her students are conquering these issues by starting at the atomic building block level, trying to understand how individual atoms can influence the mechanical phenomena in the bulk of an entire nuclear plant component.
Seungjin Kim, the Capt. James F. McCarthy Jr. & Cheryl E. McCarthy Head of the School of Nuclear Engineering, has been elected to American Nuclear Society Fellow Grade, the highest membership grade of the ANS. The society has a membership of around 11,000 professionals.