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K-State Today

April 6, 2016



Students have strong showing at American Nuclear Society Student Conference

By Mary Rankin

Undergraduate nuclear reactor operator Max Nager, junior in mechanical engineering, and reactor operator Matthew Myers, won Best Presentation in the Accelerator Applications Division for their paper, "Effectiveness of BLOXR as an X-Ray Shielding Material," at the 2016 American Nuclear Society Student Conference, March 31-April 2, in Madison, Wisconsin. Both were advised by Jeff Geuther, nuclear reactor facilities manager in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department. 

Also receiving recognition at the conference was Richard Reed, graduate student in nuclear engineering, who was awarded Best Graduate Presentation in the Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division for his paper, "Updating a PWR Simulator in Python."

The paper was co-authored and co-presented with Jacob Hayhurst, junior in mechanical engineering. Shravan Gangadhara, graduate student in computer science, was a third co-author but did not attend the conference. The team was advised by Jeremy Roberts, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

A total of 23 mechanical and nuclear engineering students from K-State attended the conference.

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