Two nuclear engineering graduate students were named Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) Fellows for 2014 . Jordan Cox (left) and Tommy Holschuh (right) will each receive $150,000 over 3 years toward their education and research, and were 2 of only 33 fellowship recipients.
NEUP is a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. The program was created in 2009 to consolidate all of the office’s university support programs, according to the NEUP website. Applicants submitted both a research proposal and an essay on future career goals along with academic documents and references for consideration by the fellowship committee.
“Part of the process is making sure our goals and research objectives align with what DOE wants to pursue,” Cox said.
Holschuh proposed a research project that aligns with his current master’s work in nonproliferation. In conjunction with Idaho National Lab (INL) he is working to prove a new technique for detection of material diversion from a TRIGA reactor for weapons production.
“Tommy is very deserving of the DOE NEUP Fellowship for a multitude of reasons; most notably his outreaching and engagement, prolific contributions, strong academic standing, and hard work ethic,” said his advisor, Assistant Professor Wade Marcum.
Holschuh’s future career goals include earning a Ph.D. and pursuing a position in nonproliferation with the DOE, Department of Defense or the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Cox will be conducting a thermal-hydraulics analysis of pebble bed reactors, which is a next-generation nuclear reactor concept.
“Not only does Jordan have an excellent academic background, but he has a tremendous passion for nuclear engineering and a willingness to learn,” said Professor Brian Woods, who is Cox’s academic advisor.
Cox plans to complete a Ph.D. as well and hopes to secure a position at a national laboratory conducting next-generation nuclear reactor simulations.