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Fuel Cycles and Materials Laboratory 2011-2012

(Left to Right)  Top Row: John-Calvin Martinez, Adam Parkison, Will Sames, Chad Thompson, Jeff Clemens, Grant Helmreich. Second Row: Brandon Blamer, Sangjoon Ahn, Joey Segura, Ryan Brito, Brian Barnhart. Third Row: Daniel Eichel, Connor Woolum, Sandeep Irukuvarghula, Daniel Custead, Sam Kuhr. Bottom Row: Alufya Faizullah, Leigh Ann Emerson, Allison Cosgrove, Carissa Humrickhouse, Karyn Stearn. Dr. Sean McDeavitt. (Not Pictured)- Marie Arrieta, Chad Garcia

Graduate Students:

Sangjoon Ahn
B.S in Nuclear Engineering from Seoul National University, 2005
PhD Candidate

Sangjoon started with the Fueled Cycle and Materials Laboratory in 2009 and has been with A&M for 2 years. He worked as a researcher for Seoul National University Material Laboratory in 2005. His current research focuses on fuel performance experiments and modeling: fission gas bubble nucleation and growth in alloy nuclear fields. Sangjoon was a Co-founder/director of ETOOS Corp and an officer of the Republic of Korea Air Force. He is originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Brian Barnhart
B.S in Nuclear Radiological Engineering at the University of Florida Gainesville, 2010
Masters Track

Brian joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in January 2011.  He is within his second year at Texas A&M University.  Brian graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida and came to A&M to pursue his graduate degree.  His interests lie in fuel performance and metal alloy fuels.  Brian was a research assistance at INSPI (Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute).  While there he performed radiolysis research for N.A.S.A using the UF Training Reactor's experimental beam ports.  His responsibilities included executing background research, as well as designing and constructing an experiment and method for removing dissolved gasses from water.  After INSPI, Brian interned at Progress Energy where he created SOER (Significant Operating Experience Reports) validation packets sent out by INPO (Institute of Nuclear Power Operations) and verified documentation including lesson plans and operating procedures.  Most recently, Brian has worked at GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy as a transient analysis intern.  While at GE he worked on two projects, the first of which he created rod to batch (RTB) templates for all BWR core sizes as input to a transient analysis code.  Additionally, he worked with another transient analysis code to evaluate the effects of dome pressure on safety margins.  His current research deals with the developmental support for an ultra-high burn-up metallic inert matrix nuclear fuel concept.  This experiment aims to fabricate three different Zr-Fe-Cu alloys by melt casting pure metals.  The alloys will then be used to quantify the variations in thermal and metallurgical properties between the alloys.  When his time here at A&M is done, Brian hopes to continue his research at national lab in the United States.  He is originally from Fort Walton Beach, Florida and enjoys video games, board games, sports, music and watching movies. 

Ryan Brito
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Ryan Brito is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie class of 2013. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering. Ryan's interest is in materials science, he is currently assisting graduate student, Sam Kuhr, in developing a method to create zirconium hydride at a gradient in fuel cladding. Upon completion of his Bachelor's Degree, he plans on continuing his education in graduate school and ultimately receiving his Ph.D. Ryan has worked at Penn State in the Toshiba-Westinghouse Fellows Program in 2011 where his work consisted of determining the kinetics behind hydrogen pick-up in zirconium alloys. Ryan is currently involved with American Nuclear Society, Women In Nuclear Engineering and the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Aggies.

Jeffrey Clemens
B.S in Nuclear Engineerings at Texas A&M University, 2012
Masters Track

Jeffrey is a part of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2012. His area of interests lies in Isotopic Fractionation, used fuel recycling and radiochemical possessing. His current research focuses on hydrocarbon production through the radiolysis of CO2, H2, and various other gases. In the future, Jeffrey hopes to further his research with the FCML and pursue a graduate degree.

Daniel Eichel
B.S in Nuclear Engineerings at Texas A&M University, 2011
Masters Track

Daniel joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in May of 2010 and has been with A&M for four years. He received a Bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from A&M. Daniel has interned at Sandia National Laboratories during the summers of 2007 and 2008. His current research involves the experiment design for an irradiation experiment to be carried out at the Idaho National Laboratory Advanced Test Reactor. The purpose of this experiment is to investigate the irradiation behavior of a delta-phase U-50wt%Zr fuel sample that could prove to be an attractive fuel form for nuclear power production.  If the experimental performance of this fuel form is consistent with theoretical expectations, it should exhibit very little fission gas release, very little volumetric swelling, and provide a much more thermally conductive alternative to current uranium dioxide fuel. In the future, Daniel plans to complete his Master's degree and thereafter continue his schooling in pursuit of a PhD. If he does not follow that route he will work in the industry but would like to eventually return to academics to pursue a degree. Daniel is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoys sailing, rock climbing and wooden ship modeling.

Daniel Galicki
B.S in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, 2012
Masters Track

Daniel joined the FCML in 2012 and has been with A&M since his undergraduate year. He has interned at Duke Energy using VIPRE to code thermohydraulic correlations. Daniel has also interned in the Light Water Reactor Sustainability group at Idaho National Laboratory conducting advanced cladding material trade-off study. His interests lie in space, and nuclear and advance materials. Daniel Plans on working on space nuclear power systems in either industry or government, or materials research for a national laboratory. Daniel is from Sugar Land, Texas and enjoyes disc golf, bowling, science fiction literature, rock climbing, eating, and being outdoors. Daniel is also involved with the American Nuclear Society.

Chad Garcia
B.S in Mechanical Engineering at New Mexico State University, 2009
Masters Track

Chad joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in January of 2011 and has been with A&M for one year. He has held internship positions at NewTec WSMR and Idaho National Laboratories. His current research deals with improving oxide fuel thermal conductivity with beryllium oxide. Chad is originally from El Paso, Texas.

Grant Helmreich
B.S in Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, 2009
B.A in Chemistry at Texas A&M University, 2009
M.S in Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, 2010
PhD Candidate

Grant joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in 2009, and has studied at  A&M since 2004, receiving a B.A., B.S. and M.S.  He has performed experimental and theoretical research in nuclear materials science in internships with TerraPower, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.  Currently, Grant is pursuing a Ph.D. at Texas A&M, developing a melt-recasting process for spent uranium alloy fuels implementing reusable hafnium nitride crucibles to minimize radioactive waste streams.  In the future, he plans to pursue experimental and theoretical research on nuclear fuels and materials in support of advanced fuel cycles.  Grant is originally from Plano, Texas and he enjoys basketball, Latin dance, wargaming, and backpacking.


Grant's publications are as follows:


1. "Charaterization of Alpha-Phase Sintering of Uranium and Uranium-Zirconium Alloys for Advanced Nuclear Fuel Applications," M.S. Thesis, Texas A&M University, (December 2010).

2. G. Helmreich, D. Garnetti, S. McDeavitt, "Sintering α-phase Uranium and its Alloys," ANS Transactions (December 2010).

3. G. Helmreich, W. Sames, D. Garnetti, S. McDeavitt, "Uranium Powder Production using a Hydride-Dehydride Process," ANS Transactions  (June 2010).

Sandeep Irukuvarghula
B.S in  Electrical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, 2002
M.S in Nuclear Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 2006
PhD Candidate

Sandeep joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in 2009 and has been with A&M for the past two years. Sandeep worked as visiting engineer at the Institute for Plasma Research, an autonomous physics research institute mainly funded by the Department of Atomic Energy in India. During that period, he worked on the neutronic analysis of (1) Indian Test Blanket Module for ITER and (2) Indian DEMO reactor. He has also worked as Senior Project Associate at The Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur. Sandeep's current research focuses on U-Zr Metallurgy and performance of metallic fuels. He plans on joining academia upon completion of his PhD. Sandeep has had formal training in South Indian Classical music and specializes in the 'Veena'. He is also an active member of SPICMACAY-TAMU, a student organization at A&M, which serves as a platform for promoting Indian classical music. Sandeep is from Hyderabad, India.


Sandeep's publications are as follows:


1. E. Rajendra Kumar, C. Danani, I. Sandeep, Ch. Chakrapani, N. Ravi Pragash, V. Chaudhari, C. Rotti, P.M. Raole, J. Alphonsa, S.P. Deshpande, Preliminary design of Indian Test Blanket Module for ITER, Fusion Engineering and Design, 83,1169-1172 (2008)

2. Paritosh Chaudhuri, Chandan Danani, Vilas Chaudhari, C. Chakrapani, R. Srinivasan, I. Sandeep, E. Rajendra Kumar, S.P. Deshpande, Thermalhydraulic and thermo-structural analysis of first wall for Indian DEMO blanket module, Fusion Engineering and Design, 84,573-577 (2009)

John Calvin Martinez
B.S in Physics from Texas A&M Kingsville, 2010
Masters Track

John Calvin joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in August 2010 and is a graduate of Texas A&M Kingsville. His areas of interest are in improving nuclear fuels and materials to address waste products, fuel burn up efficiency, and fuels for new reactor types, as well as any are of applied or theoretical physics. John Calvin is certified in Nuclear Power Technology by the Texas Nuclear Power Institute, NPT. As an REU at Texas A&M University's Cyclotron Institute he worked on redesigning the Forward Meson Spectrometer for the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Labs. His current research deals with uranium zirconium alloy fuels. John Calvin spent two and a half years at Kingsville and has been with Texas A&M University since 2011.Upon completing his masters here John Calvin wants to work towards his Ph.D. or work in research, industry, academia or any combination thereof. John Calvin is from Corpus Christi, Texas and enjoys archery, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, archery bow making and building various models.

Adam Parkison
B.S in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University, 2006
M.S in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University, 2008
Ph.D Candidate

 

 

Mr. Adam Parkison joined the Fuel Cycle & Materials Laboratory within the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2006 as a research assistant. Before he came to Texas A&M University to pursue his doctorate, he received his Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering in the fall of 2006 at Purdue University. He is currently pursuing his Ph,D in Nuclear Engineering (anticipated graduation August 2012). From 2009-2012 Mr. Parkison served as the student laboratory manager for the FCML. His extensive experience in research facilities across the U.S. as well as a rigorous course load through his academic tenure at Texas A&M University and Purdue University has gave him the necessary skills to offer support to both the program director, program coordinator, and FCML graduate and undergraduate students. Mr. Parkison received his Masters of Science in Nuclear Engineering during 2008 at Texas A&M University. He is currently working towards a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering and is projected to finish during May of 2012.

Adam's publications are as followed:

  1. A.J. Parkison and S.M. McDeavitt, "Hydride Formation Process Development for the Powder Metallurgical Recycle of Zircaloy," Proc. of the Am. Nucl. Soc. Annual Meeting, Washington DC October 30-November 3, 2011, ANS Transactions, (2011).
  2. A.J. Parkison, "Methods for the Recovery and Recycle of Zirconium from Spent Nuclear Fuel Cladding," Texas A&M University Graduate Student Seminar, College Station, TX, February 7, 2011.
  3. A.J. Parkison and S.M. McDeavitt, "Hydride Formation Process for the Powder Metallurgical Recycle of Zircaloy from Used Nuclear Fuel," Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 42: 192-201 (2011).
  4. A.J. Parkison and S.M. McDeavitt, "Potential Zircaloy Recycle Method via Hydride Formation," Proc. of the Am. Nucl. Soc. Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, November 7-11, 2010,ANS Transactions, 103:243 (2010).
  5. A.J. Parkison and S.M. McDeavitt,"Methods for the Recovery and Recycle of Zircaloy," Presented at Fuel Cycle Research & Development (FCR&D) Annual Review Meeting 2010, Gaithersburg, MD, October 26-28 (2010). 
  6. A.J. Parkison and S.M. McDeavitt, "The Hydride Formation Rate in Zircaloy-4 as a Function of Temperature," American Nuclear Society Student Conference, Gainesville, FL, April 1-April 5, 2009.
  7. A.J. Parkison, (2008).  Hydride Production in Zircaloy-4 as a Function of Time and Temperature. M.S. Thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
  8. S.M. McDeavitt, A.R. Totemeier, A. Parkison, J.J. Wegener and R.D. Kelley, "A Zirconium Matrix Cermet for Storage and Transmutation of Transuranic Isotopes Separated from Spent Nuclear Fuel," 136th TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Symposium on Materials Issues for Advanced Nuclear Systems, Orlando, FL, Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 2007.
  9. S.M. McDeavitt, A. Parkison, A.R. Totemeier and J.J. Wegener "Fabrication of Cermet Nuclear Fuels Designed for the Transmutation of Transuranic Isotopes," Accepted to the 6th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM-6), Jeju Island, Korea, November 5-9 (2007).
  10. S.M. McDeavitt, A. Parkison, A.R. Totemeier and J.J. Wegener "Fabrication of Cermet Nuclear Fuels Designed for the Transmutation of Transuranic Isotopes," Materials Science Forum, 561-565: 1733-1736 (2007).
  11. A.J. Parkison and S.M. McDeavitt, "Hydride/Dehydride of Zircaloy for Use in Fast Reactors," American Nuclear Society Student Conference, Troy, NY, Mar. 30 - April 1, 2006. 
  12. S.M. McDeavitt, D.T. Kraemer, A. Parkinson, A.R. Totemeier and J.J. Wegener, "Zirconium Matrix Cermet Storage Form and Transmutation Fuel for Transuranics," Proc. of the Am. Nucl. Soc. Winter Meeting, Washington D.C., Nov. 13-17, 2005, ANS Transactions, 93:743 (2005).

 

William Sames
B.S in Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, 2011
Ph.D. Candidate

Will joined the Fuel Cycle and Materials Laboratory in 2009 and is a graduate of  A&M. Will's area of interests are in nuclear fuel and waste performance. He was a student intern for Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2009 and 2010. His current research deals with the delayed hydride crack formation in used nuclear fuel. He plans to work for a national laboratory or completing research at a University once completing his Ph.D.  Will is from San Antonio, Texas and enjoys hiking, foosball and chess.

Will's publications are as follows:

  1. W. J. SAMES, D. R. EICHEL, W. R. DEASON, and J. E. HANSEL, "Design and Analysis of a 1 MWe Transportable Heat Pipe Cooled Fast Reactor," Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., Vol 105 (Nov. 2011). 

  2.  W. J. SAMES, J. E. HANSEL, and S. B. GUETERSLOH, "Neutron Air Activation Analysis of an Open Brayton Cycle Heat Pipe Cooled Fast Reactor," Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., Vol 105 (Nov. 2011). 

  3. J. E. HANSEL and W. J. SAMES, "Neutronic Analysis of a 1 MWe Heat Pipe Cooled Fast Reactor," Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., Vol 105 (Nov. 2011). 

  4. W.J. SAMES, Undergraduate Honors Thesis, "Uranium Metal Powder Production, Particle Distribution Analysis, and Reaction Rate Studies of a Hydride-Dehydride Process," Texas A&M University, May 2011. Available: http://www.osti.gov/bridge/servlets/purl/1012554-B9oCmd/1012554.pdf

  5. WILLIAM SAMES, "Summarizing nuclear situation in Japan," The Battalion, 3/24/2011.  Available: http://www.thebatt.com/news/william-sames-summarizing-nuclear-situation-in-japan-1.2123854

  6. W.J. SAMES, P. SADASIVAN, and H. TRELLUE, "Voloxidation Modeling and Code Development," Waste Management Symposium (2011), (Student Poster), LA-UR 11-01346, February 2011.

  7. W.J. SAMES, LA-UR 10-05156, "Processing of Used Nuclear Fuel and Use in a Thorium Heavy Water Reactor," August 2010.

  8. G.W. HELMREICH, W.J. SAMES, D.J. GARNETTI, and S.M. MCDEAVITT, "Uranium Powder Production Using a Hydride-Dehydride Process," Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., Vol. 102, pp. 880-881 (June 2010).

  9. J. HAUSAMAN, G. HELMREICH, W.J. SAMES and  S.M. MCDEAVITT, "Powder Metallurgy of Uranium Alloys for TRU Burning Fast Reactors," 2010 American Nuclear Society National Student Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, April 8-11, 2010.

  10. W.J. SAMES, G. HELMREICH, J. HAUSAMAN and S.M. MCDEAVITT, "Uranium Powder Production and Characterization from a Hydride-Dehydride Process," 2010 American Nuclear Society National Student Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, April 8-11, 2010.

  11. W.J. SAMES, D.I. POSTON, and D.D. DIXON, "Affordable Fission Surface Power System Shielding Analysis," Proceedings of the Radiation, Protection, and Shielding Division of the American Nuclear Society, April 2010.

  12. W.J. SAMES, D.I. POSTON, and D.D. DIXON, "Radiation Shielding Design for a Lunar Surface Reactor," LA-UR 09-04881, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, August 2009.  Available: http://www.lanl.gov/education/symposium/docs/Symposium_2009_Book.pdf


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Karyn Stern
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Karyn Stern is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie class of 2013 and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. Her interest in the nuclear field lies within materials processing and fuel fabrication. Upon receiving her degree she tentatively plans on continuing her education in graduate school. Karyn is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and is a member/officer of the Texas A&M triathlon team. Karyn is originally from Magnolia, Texas and her hobbies include swimming/biking/running and her 2 cats.

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Laura Sudderth
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering and Chemistry

Laura Sudderth is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013. She is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering as well as Chemistry. Laura's interests are in fuel fabrication and space reactors. Laura was a summer research fellow at the Center for Space Nuclear Research at INL and was an EID intern at GE-Hitachi. She plan's on pursuing her Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering with a concentration in nuclear fuels. She is currently assisting with creating zirconium barrier coarting on U-Mo microspheres usig FBCVD and fabricating nitride fuels for Westinghouse. Laura enjoy's hiking and archery. She is also involved with the American Nuclear Society and Alpha Nu Sigma.

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Connor Woolum
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Connor is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013. He is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. His area of interest lies in materials challenges related to the long term storage of radioactive waste. Connor plans on graduating with his bachelor's degree in Nuclear engineering then on continuing with his schooling to pursue a Master's in Nuclear Engineering. Connor is a member of the American Nuclear Society and likes to swim, boat, and rock climb.

Undergraduate Students:

Daniel Custead
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Daniel is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. Daniel's interests lies in nonproliferation of nuclear materials, nuclear forensics, breeder reactors, and nuclear politics. In the future, Daniel plans on working for a national laboratory or for a governmental facility where he hopes to research viable ways to rack and stop the proliferation of nuclear arms to unstable or hostile governments. He also hopes that this work with the government will allow him to work politically to improve the laws governing the nuclear industry in the United States and to push for a modernized nuclear infrastructure. Daniel enjoys off-road biking, cooking and is a member of the A&M Chrisitian Fellowship.

Leigh Ann Emerson
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Leigh Ann is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. Her area of interest lies in power generation and fuel fabrication. In the future Leigh plans to continue her education both academically at A&M and professionally through corporate internships. Leigh is the current Vice President of Women in Nuclear, is the Scout Curriculum Coordinator of American Nuclear Society and an active member of Society of Women Engineers.

Alifya K. Faizullah
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Alifya is a part of the Fightin' Texas Aggie class of 2013 and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree. Her area of interest lies in waste management, fuel engineering and virtual instrumentation (LabVIEW). She intends to work in industry as a nuclear reactor operator or enter into designing and providing better solutions for waste disposal and reprocessing. She is also considering pursuing her post graduate studies with a concentration in fuel engineering. Alifya is the public relations officer for Women in Nuclear Society and is the Secretary for Explorations for the Texas A&M University Undergraduate research Journal.

Cliff Shane Hart
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Cliff is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie class of 2015. He is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. Cliff has joined our lab in hopes to gain more experience in the nuclear laboratory setting as well as work towards graduate school. His area of interest lies in nonproliferation fuels and reactor fuel design. In the future Cliff would like to venture into research and development. He hails from Dallas, Texas and enjoys almost anything outdoors, games, music, photo editing and animation, logic puzzles, and Sudoku.

Bill Gordon
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

William Gordon is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering. William's interests are in detectors electronics and radiation protection. He is currently improving the alpha radiation source holder for faculty member Dr. Ford. William has worked as an undergraduate assistant in the particle accelerator building in the Nuclear Science Center. Will enjoys bouncing radio waves off of meteor showers using a ham radio. He is involved with the American Nuclear Society, Health Physics Society, the Texas A&M amateur Radio Wave Club, and Cepheid Variable.

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Adnan Mohammed
Undergraduate Student Pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering

Adnan is a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2013. He is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering. Upon receiving his degree Adnan plans on pursuing his Masters here at Texas A&M in a medical equipment related study. Adnan's role as a technician in our lab has him assisting graduate students with their projects daily. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society University and national chapter. He also participates in the Aggie Research Program. He is currently the group leader in the Detector Modeling Project. The project deals with how to prevent uranium smuggling into US Ports. Adnan is from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and enjoys hiking and other adventurous activities.

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