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2014 
Faculty 

11 tenure-track faculty members 

 

Research Expenditures

$10.9 M in new grants and awards 

$3.3 M in research expenditures

 

Enrollment

329 enrolled students

Undergraduate

  • 185 Nuclear Engineering

  • 29 Health Physics 

Graduate

  • 12 Medical Physics 

  • 40 Nuclear Engineering 

  • 63 Health Physics 

 

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2014
Funding the Future

We have been awarded a total of $10.9 million in the last year from 16 individual sources. These funds will be used to sponsor research and development projects as varied as using cosmic ray muons to monitor the contents of dry casks storing spent nuclear fuel, to irradiation facility upgrades, to development of detectors used in nuclear non-proliferation. Read more about our latest Department of Energy grants.
 

 

2014
NEUP Fellows

Two nuclear engineering graduate students were named Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) Fellows for 2014 . Picture of Tommy Holschuh and Jordan Cox 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.  

 

2014
Patents 

NSE faculty hold 18 issued patents in 5 international jurisdictions covering inventions as varied as skin contamination dosimeters to nuclear reactor startup systems.

      • United States Patent and Trademark Office
      • European Patent Office
      • Japan Patent Office
      • Korean Intellectual Property Office
      • China Patent and Trademark Office 
Companies

NSE faculty and student research and development has led to several commercial ventures.  

      • NuScale Power
        • Launched out of a Department of Energy research project at NSE's MASLWR facility conducted by OSU scientists, including NSE faculty, NuScale Power is now building next generation, scaleable, modular, nuclear power reactors. 
      • Northwest Medical Isotopes 
        • Based on technology developed by a team of OSU scientists led by NSE faculty, Northwest Medical Isotopes will use low-power nuclear research reactors to produce the medical isotope molybdenum-99, which is integral to nuclear medical diagnostic testing. 
      • Ludlum Measurements 
        • A phoswich radiation detector for simultaneous spectroscopy of beta and gamma rays developed by NSE faculty members Abi Farsoni and David Hamby, has been brought to production by radiation detection equipment company Ludlum Measurements and is currently being tested by engineering giant CH2M HILL on its Hanford Site cleanup project.  
      • G-Demption
        • Founded by 2012 NSE alumnus Russell Goff, G-Demption technology will harvest gamma rays from stored spent nuclear fuel for use in commercial sterilization of medical supplies and other products. 

2014
University Collaboration

Professor Brian Woods and Ph.D. student Malwina Gradecka work on the High-Temperature Test Facility

Since 2010, we have collaborated with Warsaw University of Technology (WUT) in reviving Poland's nuclear-energy industry through faculty, student, and resource exchange. Malwina Gradecka (pictured at right with NSE Professor Brian Woods) and Izabela Gutowska are two of the first WUT students to pursue their doctorates at NSE, pioneering what is hoped to expand into a full-fledged joint-degree program. 

Gradecka and Gutowska worked with NSE Professor Brian Woods on NSE's High Temperature Test Facility during their studies here. They are now back at WUT helping relaunch its nuclear engineering program. 

Click here to read more about WUT and NSE's partnership. 

Faculty Diversity

NSE's diverse faculty consists of experts from around the globe with 31% of our teaching faculty hailing from overseas.

  • China
    • Professor Qiao Wu is originally from China and holds a bachelor's and master's degrees from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. 
    • Assistant Professor Haori Yang is also from China with a bachelor's degree from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. 
  • Iran 
    • Associate Professor Abi Farsoni is originally from Iran and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran; a master's degree from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran; and a Ph.D from OSU. 
  • Slovakia
    • Associate Professor Alena Paulenova is originally from Slovakia and holds a master's degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia and a Ph.D. from Kharkov State University in Moscow, Russia. 
Student Diversity

Students come from around the world to study at NSE. Our international undergraduate students come from 11 nations and make up 20% of our undergraduate student population. Our international graduate students hail from 9 nations and make up 13% of our graduate student population. They are the future of international nuclear science.