Nuclear engineering student receives DOE graduate fellowship

Peter MaginotPeter Maginot, a graduate student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded the U.S. Department of Energy's Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.The four-year fellowship includes full tuition and fees during the appointment period, a yearly stipend of $36,000, a $1,000 annual academic allowance, and a one-time $4,950 allowance for the purchase of a computer workstation for use during the fellowship tenure. Recipients are expected to attend the annual fellowship conference held each summer in Washington, D.C., and must complete at least one three-month practicum at one of the 17 Department of Energy laboratories during the fellowship."There's a relief in knowing that I am able to 'direct myself' for the next four years," Maginot said.The fellowship will fund Maginot through the completion of his Ph.D., and allows him to select his own dissertation research topic, "computational techniques for high fidelity radiative shock (radiation hydrodynamics) simulation."Maginot is currently completing his M.S. in nuclear engineering with Dr. Jean Ragusa and Dr. Jim Morel on computational methods relating to radiation transport, and will begin his Ph.D. studies in the fall.This highly competitive and prestigious fellowship is open to all students across a broad range of engineering and science disciplines. It was created in 1991 by the Department of Energy in an effort to address the shortage of computational scientists in the United States.Maginot's appointment is the fifth DOE CSGF fellowship received by a student from Texas A&M University, most recently by Hayes Stripling in 2009.Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Maginot earned his B.S. in nuclear engineering at Texas A&M.