The Texas A&M Student Section of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) supports the academic, professional, and social development of its members. Meetings dates are posted to the calendar and sent out to the Nuclear Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate listservs. If you would like to be added to either listserv, please contact the NE Department.
ANS hosts invited speakers from around industry and government, professional development activities and workshops, student socials, a wide variety of intramural sports teams, and many other events throughout the year.
If you are interested in joining ANS, membership forms are available at every meeting. Come join us!
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
ANS members Zach Papas and Will Sames wrote pieces about nuclear power in The Batt. Papas wrote a piece touting the benefits of nuclear energy, and explains how nuclear power is "among the cleanest, safest and most efficient energy sources in the world." Sames wrote a summary of the current situation in Japan. The articles can be found at:
TAMU-ANS will be hosting 2 Merit Badge workshops this Spring. Please check under the "Scouting Program" tab for more details and registration. Scouts will be given the oppurtunity to learn about nuclear science, tour the TRIGA research reactor at the TAMU Nuclear Science Center, and earn the Nuclear Science Merit Badge.
TAMU-ANS received an honorable mention for the Samuel Glasstone Award at the 2010 ANS Conference in San Diego. This award recognizes the achievements of the Student Section over the 2009-2010 academic year. More information about this can be found at: