Wade Marcum (right) and Dan LaBrier work on the Transient Reactor Test Loop
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wade Marcum, Kearney Faculty Scholar for the College of Engineering and nuclear engineering associate professor, received the Landis Young Member Engineering Award at the 2018 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Annual Meeting in June. One of only two awards given out by ANS at the annual meeting, this award recognizes outstanding achievement in effective application of engineering knowledge.

Marcum received the award “for his multidisciplinary contributions to the field of reactor safety analysis, including natural circulation phenomena, critical heat flux measurement, prediction and modeling, and flow induced vibration,” according to the award citation.

Marcum’s Oregon State research group includes nearly 30 people utilizing five large-scale thermal hydraulic tests facilities and numerous bench-top experimental stations. These facilities and stations support projects funded by external organizations including the Department of Energy and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) among others.

“This award is affirmation of what we already knew, that Wade is an extraordinarily gifted researcher, said Kathryn Higley, Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Rickert Jr. Endowed Professor and head of the Oregon State College of Engineering’s School of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Current research under Marcum’s leadership includes supporting INL’s Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT) through the delivery of high-quality data related to the performance of reactor-grade materials during sever accident scenarios. Oregon State’s Transient Reactor Test Loop facility is utilized for testing these scenarios. Supporting TREAT is vitally important for nuclear research in the U.S. as it is used for extreme condition testing of nuclear fuels and materials.

“I hope this award serves as a milestone for the work that all those in my research group have done to contribute to our industry and to foreshadow all the positives that we will continue to contribute,” said Marcum. “The knowledge that a professional that I look up to, who is at a premier external research institution, nominated me and put the time into this for me is the most flattering act I have experienced during my professional career. For that I’m grateful.”

The American Nuclear Society is the foremost nuclear science and technology professional society. Founded in 1954, ANS has more than 11,000 members representing more than 1,600 organizations.

— Jens Odegaard