Monday, April 22, 2013

Jack Dorning recieves Gerald C. Pomraning Memorial Award from ANS

The American Nuclear Society recently selected Jack Dorning, the Whitney Stone Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering Physics, for the 2013 Gerald C. Pomraning Memorial Award. The award from the American Nuclear Society recognizes individuals who have made "outstanding contributions toward the advancement of the fields of mathematics and/or computation."

The award is named for Dr. Pomraning, co-founder of SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation).   The award is administered by the Mathematics and Computations Division of the American Nuclear Society.

Additionally, Professor Dorning will deliver an invited plenary lecture at the meeting in which the award is given. 
The recipient of the Gerald C. Pomraning Memorial Award is determined by critical review and assessment of the credentials and qualifications of the candidate, and of her/his outstanding accomplishments and contributions that have benefited the fields of mathematics and/or computations that advance the understanding of topics of interest to the American Nuclear Society.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ryan Comes: Perfect Spring

March was an excellent month for EP student doctor Ryan Comes: 

First, on March 15th Ryan, who is advised by Stu Wolf, successfully defended his PhD dissertation.  Also in mid-March, Ryan received word back from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  Selected for the Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, he will hold a position within the Environmental and Molecular Sciences Laboratory at PNNL working on oxide molecular beam epitaxy.  He will start this summer.
image: pnnl

Finally, At the 2013 Spring Materials Research Society meeting (okay technically April not March) , Ryan received a Silver Award in the Graduate Student Awards final session.

During his career as a PhD candidate, Ryan has earned numerous awards including: Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2012; SEAS Graduate Teaching Fellow in 2012;  he was a finalist for the 2012 Presidential Research Poster Competition, won 1st place at UVERS 2012, and 5th place at UVERS 2011.  Ryan also earned a highly competitive national NDSEG National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship in 2010.

An exciting spring to cap off a great graduate career indeed!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Matt Steiner Picks Up UVERS Award

Engineering Physics PhD student Matt Steiner took 5th place for his poster entry at the 2013 U.Va. Engineering Research Symposium (also known as UVERS) held Friday April 5th.  His research poster covered "Magnetic and Crystallographic Behavior of Epitaxial Fe38.5Pd61.5 Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition."

Matt Steiner in 2012 preparing to run electron microscopy demos for the public

UVERS is a joint event between the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and the Graduate Engineering Student Council.  The symposium was initiated by graduate students nine years ago and has continued annually.  Each year graduate students present  research on topics ranging across disciplines at SEAS for top honors as well as cash awards.