Three students awarded NEUP fellowships

Three graduate students of the Department of Nuclear Engineering, Lane Carasik, Michael Smith, and Lloyd Price were all awarded the Nuclear Energy University Programs' Fellowship. Winners will receive $50,000 a year over the next three years to help pay for graduate studies and research. 

Lane Carasik

Lane CarasikLane is a graduate student at Texas A&M University studying nuclear and mechanical engineering. He recently graduated with his bachelor's in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he conducted nuclear thermal hydraulics research under Dr. Arthur Ruggles. Lane will be a part of the Nuclear Power Engineering Research group at TAMU under Dr. Yassin Hassan. His research interests are in nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and methods development for computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

Lane is an active member of the American Nuclear Society and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Lane is currently the Vice Chair of the ANS Student Section Committee and serving on the Executive Committee for the Thermal Hydraulics Division. Lane has previously been the Chair of the UTK ANS Student Section and the student chair for PHYSOR 2012. Lane has had previous internships at Westinghouse Electric Company and Tennessee Valley Authority working on reactor coolant systems. At Westinghouse Electric Company, Lane worked on steady state and transient analysis for Électricité de France reactor coolant system components and CFD method development.

Michael Smith

Michael SmithMicheal is a 2nd year master’s student who attended Eastwood High School in El Paso, TX and obtained his bachelor's in physics from Texas Southern University in May 2012. He joined the Nuclear Engineering Department as a part of the Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) in August 2012. He received a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) fellowship for his first year of study and has maintained a 4.0 GPA during his time here. His master’s research focuses on the analysis of radionuclide deposition ratios pertaining to the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant incident. He also has a strong interest in nuclear emergency response, counter terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation.  After obtaining his M.S. in Health Physics from Texas A&M University he plans to pursue a career in one of these fields of interest.

Lloyd Price 

Lloyd PriceLloyd is from Pflugerville Texas. He received his bachelor's in Nuclear Engineering in December of 2012. Currently, he performs research under the mentorship of Dr. Lin Shao in a linear accelerator laboratory. His research focuses on materials under extreme conditions, a large part of which is simulating radiation damage using accelerated ions. In the future, he hopes to continue research at a national research facility.