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NE Undergrad Hi Vo Receives 2016 Fuel Cycle Research Award

Wednesday, Aug 31st 2016

Hi Vo, a senior in Nuclear Engineering and Materials Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, has been awarded a prize in the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies. Vo’s award is in the Undergraduate Competition. His award-winning research paper, “Small-Scale Mechanical Testing on Proton Beam-Irradiated 304 SS from Room Temperature to Reactor Operation Temperature,” was published in the Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society in December 2015.

In order to be successful and retain its leadership role in nuclear technologies, the United States must foster creativity and breakthrough achievements to develop tomorrow’s nuclear technologies. The Department of Energy has long recognized that university students are an important source of breakthrough solutions and a key component in meeting its long-term goals. The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program was developed for this purpose. 

The Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative fuel-cycle-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in fuel-cycle-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among students and Department of Energy representatives.

 The program awarded 17 prizes in 2016 for student publications relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

For more information on the Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards program, visit