Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) is a potential technology for future crewed missions to Mars due to its high thrust, and high specific impulse. This technology is expected to enable reduced interplanetary travel times, which could increase the crew's safety by reducing exposure to cosmic radiation and other hazards of deep space travel. BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) is working with NASA to develop critical reactor fuel technologies and mature the design of a low-enriched uranium engine.
Farzad Rahnema, Georgia Power Company Distinguished Professor and the director of the Computational Reactor and Medical Physics Laboratory in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, has been appointed editor-designate of the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Science and Engineering journal. Rahnema, an ANS Fellow and member since 1989, was named editor-designate on September 8 by ANS President Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, and he will begin his duties on October 1.
The Georgia Institute of Technology will be one of four schools participating in the Nuclear Energy eXperimental Testing Research Alliance- NEXTRA-which is being led by Abilene Christian University and Natura Resources LLC. The conosortium's goal is to "design, license and commission the first university-based molten salt research reactor, which ACU will host and own."
Associate professor Tianye Niu joined the Woodruff School this fall and is still getting settled in as he adjusts to life on campus in the heart of Atlanta. In this Q&A he talks about his path to Atlanta, the motivations behind his research, and what drew him to Georgia Tech.
Where are you from and how did you end up at Georgia Tech?
On May 17 program chair Steven Biegalski talked to GPB's On Second Thought radio program to talk about the challenges faced in the construction of the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant south of Augusta, Georgia.
With the academic year approaching its end, many outstanding Georgia Tech students were at the Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Awards and the annual Students Honors Celebration, held on April 16. Congratulations to the following Woodruff School students who were recognized for their achievements:
Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium & Awards, Sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
They haven’t come from all that far away, really, at least as a crow or rocket might fly, but Coral Kazaroff and Malik Rivera are on The Flats having taken roads so rarely if ever traveled to become student-athletes that they might as well have come from different solar systems.
And they’re perhaps ultimate examples of what sets apart Georgia Tech athletics.
Varian Medical Systems, Inc. announced it has signed an agreement with Velocity Medical Solutions, LLC to acquire certain assets of Velocity, a privately-held Atlanta-based developer of specialized software for cancer clinics. c
School Chairs Ronald Rousseau and William Wepfer received 2012 Georgia Tech College of Engineering ADVANCE Leadership Awards in recognition of their commitment to the values of equity, diversity, excellence, and advancement of faculty.
Georgia Tech has been awarded $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for research and scholarships focused on nuclear energy. The Obama Administration handed out a total of $47 million to 46 schools across the country on May 8.
The winning major of the inaugural competition during National Engineers Week, organized by the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, was the nuclear and radiological engineering program from the George W. Woodruff School.