The Texas A&M Student Section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) supports the academic, professional, and social development of its members. We are a student section of the national organization the American Nuclear Society.
ANS hosts invited speakers from around academica, industry, and government, professional development activities and workshops, student socials, a wide variety of intramural sports teams, and many other events throughout the year.
To become a member, come to a meeting and pay dues. Simple as that! Members are entitled to member-only benefits such as resume hosting, travel assistance, member-only socials and workshops, apparal discounts, and much more. However, if you would like to just keep in contact with TAMU ANS without paying dues, become an Advocate! Advocates will receive a monthly newsletter as well as event invitations. To become an Advocate please click here.
Two of our members, Lane Carasik and Taylor Lane, spent a week in the nation’s capitol informing policy makers on nuclear science and engineering as part of the 2014 Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD). NESD is a student-led organization that gathers the country’s brightest nuclear science and technology students from across the nation. During the first three days the delegation met with representatives from: the American Nuclear Society, AREVA, Bechtel, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Idaho National Laboratory, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In addition, the delegation “stormed the Hill” on Thursday and Friday and met with the offices of most Senators and over one hundred House Representatives for a total of over 150 offices!
The delegation’s policy statement, which can be found here, focused on continuing to fund the Integrated University Program (IUP), opposing STEM consolidation, licensing support for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, more flexibility in future 123 Agreements, and a coherent nuclear waste plan.
Taylor Lane (left) and Lane Carasik (right) with Congressman Bill Flores during the 2014 Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation.
Lane and Taylor had a very constructive meeting with Congressman Bill Flores, whose district includes Texas A&M University. Representative Flores was very excited to meet the students and voiced his whole-hearted support for their objectives. The Congressman is knowledgeable about nuclear issues and is very familiar with the nuclear facilities housed at Texas A&M. He has toured the Nuclear Science Center and AGN reactor in the past. Secondly, prior to redistricting, his district included the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant which he has toured previously. The picture above shows Lane and Taylor with Congressman Flores.
Lane Carasik, a PhD student studying thermal hydraulics under Dr. Yassin Hassan, was a Co-Vice Chair for the delegation. Lane is currently spending his summer abroad as a visiting researcher at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. Carasik is the current Vice Chair of the Student Sections Committee at the ANS National level. Taylor Lane, a masters student studying radiation-hydrodynamics under Dr. Ryan McClarren, was a first-year delegate and is on a summer internship at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Taylor is a former section President and is currently serving as the graduate advisor.
The word 'nuclear' can refer to a wide range of applications based off of fission or fusion of atomic nuclei or other sub-atomic physics.
Nuclear engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with the application of the breakdown (fission) as well as the fusion of atomic nuclei and/or the application of other sub-atomic physics, based on the principles of nuclear physics. In the sub-field of nuclear fission, it particularly includes the interaction and maintenance of systems and components like nuclear reactors,nuclear power plants, and/or nuclear weapons. The field also includes the study of medical and other applications of (generally ionizing) radiation, nuclear safety, heat/thermodynamics transport,nuclear fuel and/or other related technology (e.g., radioactive waste disposal), and the problems of nuclear proliferation.
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Nuclear power, or nuclear energy, is the use of exothermic nuclear processes, to generate useful heat and electricity. The term includes nuclear fission, nuclear decay and nuclear fusion. Presently the nuclear fission of elements in the actinide series of the periodic table produce the vast majority of nuclear energy in the direct service of humankind, with nuclear decay processes, primarily in the form of geothermal energy, and radioisotope thermoelectric generators, in niche uses making up the rest. Nuclear (fission) power stations, excluding the contribution from naval nuclear fission reactors, provided about 5.7% of the world's energy and 13% of the world's electricity in 2012. In 2013, the IAEA report that there are 437 operational nuclear power reactors, in 31 countries, although not every reactor is producing electricity. In addition, there are approximately 140 naval vessels using nuclear propulsion in operation, powered by some 180 reactors. As of 2013, attaining a net energy gain from sustained nuclear fusionreactions, excluding natural fusion power sources such as the Sun, remains an ongoing area of international physics and engineering research. More than 60 years after the first attempts, commercial fusion power production remains unlikely before 2050.nuclear reactions
American Nuclear Society is proud to present speakers from throughout the nuclear industry to further the education of students in nuclear. Please consider speaking at one of our meetings if you have a subject you would like to share with us or even recruit prospective students from TAMU.
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The Career Opportunities page is live! You can find this page under the Opportunities tab in the menu bar above or by clicking here.
On this page you can find information about internships, certificate programs, and more. There is a file attached that has links to MANY different companies who are interested in filling internship and full-time positions. The page will by updated as new jobs are posted, so it might be wise to check back often.
After the SEC Career Fair, ANS hosted a Meet & Greet at the Dixie Chicken for both students and employees. Although the weather is frigid and icy, there was a pretty good turnout. We had a recruiter from AREVA, as well as approximately 30 students come out to enjoy food, drinks, pool and dominoes. It was fun getting to know more and more of the members in a more casual setting playing pool and dominoes.
In the first meeting of the semester, we had a terrific turnout! Over 60 people showed up and enjoyed delicious Layne's and listened to many changes going on in the organization. With our current president leaving, the vice president, Taylor Lane, became the new president. His first order of business was to appoint a new vice president, Taylor Haby. Our treasurer, Craig Baumgarten, and secretary Katie Rochelle will remain in their current positions.
At the meeting, we outlined the 'officer shakedown' and revealed a new organizational structure. We plan on creating two standing committees, Internal and External. We are currently fielding applications for the Internal and External Committee Heads. There will also be eight coordinator positions available that reside on the committees. The new organizational structure was proposed to provide more structure and accountability from officers, committee heads, and coordinators. This division of labor allows for more accountability and, hopefully, a more productive society! For more information about the organizational structure, position responsibilities, or the application process please see the attached files. The file 'ANS_LOI.pdf' is the Letter of Intent required to appy for a coordinator position. To apply for a committee head position, you need to fill out the application titled 'ANS_Exec_App_2014.pdf'.
We also showed all of the members how to become ANS national members. We want our student chapter to have the largest number of ANS student members since we are the largest Nuclear Engineering department in the world! The powerpoint from the meeting is also attached, in case you were unable to attend.
Former nuclear engineering undergraduate students Wes Deason, Daniel Eichel, Josh Hansel and Will Sames won the 2011 Undergraduate Design Competition hosted by the American Nuclear Society at its annual Winter Meeting held October 30 - November 3, 2011 in Washington D.C.
Their design project was titled, "Design and Analysis of a 1-MWe Transportable Heat Pipe-Cooled Fast Reactor."
The team found the design was compared favorably to diesel electric generators for energy production in disaster relief and military scenarios.
The students originally completed the project as part of NUEN 410 - Nuclear Reactor Design. They all earned their Bachelor of Science degrees in May. Eichel, Hansel and Sames are pursuing their graduate studies here in the department, while Deason is a graduate student at Oregon State University.
Deason, Hansel and Sames also presented the following additional papers about the design at the conference:
"Finite Difference Analysis of a Heat Pipe-Cooled Fuel Pin," - Wes Deason
"Neutron Air Activation Analysis of an Open Brayton Cycle Heat Pipe-Cooled Fast Reactor," - Will Sames
"Neutronics Analysis of a 1-MWe Heat Pipe-Cooled Reactor," - Josh Hansel