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UCBNE Alum Joey Kabel named on Forbes 30 under 30

By Delilah Catron | December 2, 2022

UCBNE Alum Joey Kabel named on Forbes 30 under 30 December 1st, 2022 UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering alum Joey Kabel (MS ’17, PhD ’20) has been named on the 2022 …

Jake Hecla attending international meeting in Poland to discuss situation in Ukraine

By Christina Castellanos | October 10, 2022

Jake Hecla attending international meeting in Poland to discuss situation in Ukraine October 10th, 2022 Jake Hecla (on the left) and the participants of the “Environmental Radioactivity Risks in Ukraine” …

Peter Hosemann Lead PI of a New Fusion Energy Science Award 

By Delilah Catron | September 21, 2022

Peter Hosemann Lead PI of a New Fusion Energy Science Award  September 21st, 2022 Professor Peter Hosemann is the lead PI of a new Fusion Energy Science award entitled “Measuring, …

UCBNE Graduate Students Send Equipment and Expertise to Ransacked Chernobyl

By Delilah Catron | September 14, 2022

UCBNE Graduate Students Send Equipment and Expertise to Ransacked Chernobyl September 14th, 2022 3D visualization of the residual radiation in the town of Pripyat. (Reconstruction by Kalie Knecht, UCBNE graduate …

Graduate Student Sarah Stevenson Awarded ANS Congressional Fellowship

By Delilah Catron | September 9, 2022

Graduate Student Sarah Stevenson Awarded ANS Congressional Fellowship September 8th, 2022 UCBNE Ph.D. candidate Sarah Stevenson has been selected for the 2023 ANS Glenn T. Seaborg Congressional Science and Engineering …

Anthony J. Konecni, MEng ’22 (NE): “Energy is a big deal.”

By Christina Castellanos | August 15, 2022

Anthony J. Konecni, MEng ’22 (NE): “Energy is a big deal.” February 23, 2022 Anthony J. Konecni is a current Berkeley MEng student studying Nuclear Engineering (NE). Here he shares …

Dark Matter featured at the “Exploratorium After Dark”

By Christina Castellanos | August 11, 2022

Dark Matter featured at the “Exploratorium After Dark” April 28, 2022 On April 28, fifteen members of the van Bibber research group created an exhibition on the search for dark …

Kairos Power Commissions Fluoride Salt Purification Plant 

By Delilah Catron | July 29, 2022

Kairos Power Commissions Fluoride Salt Purification Plant  July 20th, 2022 Kairos Power in conjunction with Materion Corporation, designed a molten salt purification plant that has just been commissioned at Materion’s …

Professors Abergel, Fratoni, Hosemann Receive U.S. Department of Energy NEUP Grants

By Delilah Catron | July 8, 2022

Professors Abergel, Fratoni, Hosemann Received U.S. Department of Energy NEUP Grants June 17th, 2022 The Nuclear Engineering department received DOE Nuclear Energy related research awards of 4.7M$ as a lead institution and further funding as …

Per Peterson Awarded the ANS Walter Zinn Medal 

By Delilah Catron | July 8, 2022

Per Peterson Awarded the ANS Walter Zinn Medal  June 9th, 2022 Professor Per Peterson has been awarded the 2022 American Nuclear Society’s Walter H. Zinn Medal in recognition of “his …

Kairos Power receives 2022 BloombergNEF Pioneer Award

By Delilah Catron | April 14, 2022

Kairos Power receives 2022 BloombergNEF Pioneer Award April 14th, 2022 BloombergNEF has announced its twelve winners of the 2022 BNEF Pioneers program, including Department of Nuclear Engineering professor Per Peterson …

UCBNE CUORE Collaboration and the Search for Matter

By Delilah Catron | April 12, 2022

UCBNE CUORE Collaboration and the Search for Matter April 6th, 2022 “Search for Majorana neutrinos exploiting millikelvin cryogenics with CUORE” has been published in Nature. The Cryogenic Underground Observatory for …

Raluca Scarlat Selected for U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Advisory Team

By Delilah Catron | April 5, 2022

Raluca Scarlat Selected for U.S. Department of Energy’s Nuclear Advisory Team February 9th, 2022 Raluca Scarlat is among eleven members named to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee, which …

Hi Vo, our former grad student and NSSC fellow awarded a LANL directors funded post doc.

By Christina Castellanos | February 18, 2022

Hi Vo, our former grad student and NSSC fellow awarded a LANL directors funded post doc. February 11th, 2022 Across all divisions, the LANL postdocs went through a competitive process …

Peter Hosemann, Professor and Chair chosen as 2022 TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award Winner

By Christina Castellanos | February 16, 2022

Peter Hosemann, Professor and Chair chosen as 2022 TMS Brimacombe Medalist Award Winner February 10th, 2022 The Brimacomb award award recognizes Professor Hosemann for his sustained excellence and achievements in …

With great sadness of the passing of Hans Mark

By Christina Castellanos | January 18, 2022

With great sadness of the passing of Hans Mark January 5th, 2022 Hans Mark, who served as chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and administrator of the Berkeley Research …

The Berkeleyan Spotlight: Rebecca Abergel

By Christina Castellanos | November 29, 2021

Removing a potential MRI risk – literally October 21, 2021 Prof. Abergel had an article published in The Berkeleyan titled Removing a potential MRI risk – literally.  “The first use …

Max Fratoni selected for the UC Berkeley Faculty Leadership Academy

By Delilah Catron | November 17, 2021

Max Fratoni selected for the UC Berkeley Faculty Leadership Academy  November 17 , 2021 Professor Max Fratoni was selected for the UC Berkeley Fall 2022 Faculty Leadership Academy. This multidisciplinary …

UCBNE Graduate Student Jaewon Lee Wins 3rd Place at IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference

By Delilah Catron | November 4, 2021

UCBNE Graduate Student Jaewon Lee Wins 3rd Place at IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference November 3 , 2021 UCBNE graduate student Jaewon Lee won 3rd place in …

UCBNE students attend the 2021 Washington Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD)

By Christina Castellanos | October 8, 2021

UCBNE students join the 2021 Washington Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation October 8th, 2021 The whole Washington Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD) Sarah Stevenson (4th year Ph.D. student), Malachi Nelson (2nd …

Kairos submits PSAR for Oak Ridge demonstration reactor

By Hanna Lorica | October 7, 2021

Kairos submits PSAR for Oak Ridge demonstration reactor October 5th, 2021 A rendering of the Hermes demonstration plant at Oak Ridge (Image: Kairos Power) World Nuclear News reported an update …

Three UCBNE Alumni Receive NSSC Awards

By Delilah Catron | September 15, 2021

Three UCBNE Alumni Receive NSSC Awards September 3rd, 2021 From Left to Right: Hi Vo, Kelly Kmak, Mark Straub Three UCBNE alumni have been awarded the 2021 Nuclear Science and …

Raluca Scarlat awarded the ANS Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award

By Delilah Catron | August 25, 2021

Raluca Scarlat awarded the ANS Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women’s Achievement Award August 25th, 2021 Professor Raluca Scarlat has been awarded the 2021 American Nuclear Society’s Mary Jane Oestmann Professional …

NE Graduate Austin Lo featured in the Titans of Nuclear Podcast

By Hanna Lorica | August 24, 2021

NE Graduate Austin Lo featured in the Titans of Nuclear Podcast August 23, 2021 Austin Lo was featured in the latest episode of the Titans of Nuclear podcast. After completing …

Secretary of Energy Visits Kairos Power

By Hanna Lorica | August 21, 2021

Secretary of Energy Visits Kairos Power August 21st, 2021 On August 18, Kairos Power welcomed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Martin Heinrich at their …

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: National Ignition Facility experiment puts researchers at threshold of fusion ignition

By Hanna Lorica | August 19, 2021

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: National Ignition Facility experiment puts researchers at threshold of fusion ignition August 18, 2021 On Aug. 8, 2021, an experiment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL’s) National Ignition Facility (NIF) …

Tennessee Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe Announce Kairos Power to Establish Low-Power Demonstration Reactor ‘HERMES’ in Oak Ridge

By Hanna Lorica | July 17, 2021

Tennessee Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe Announce Kairos Power to Establish Low-Power Demonstration Reactor ‘HERMES’ in Oak Ridge July 17th, 2021 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 16, 2021 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, …

Haley Williams featured in the latest issue of Frontiers in Energy Research

By Christina Castellanos | July 9, 2021

Haley Williams featured in the latest issue of Frontiers in Energy Research July 1st, 2021

The New Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy is now available online

By Christina Castellanos | July 9, 2021

The New Encyclopedia of Nuclear Energy is now available online June 30, 2021 The new encyclopedia of nuclear energy is now available on-line: Congratulations and thankful regards to Ehud Greenspan who …

Professors Scarlat and Fratoni receive U.S. Department of Energy NEUP Grants

By Christina Castellanos | July 9, 2021

Professors Scarlat and Fratoni receive U.S. Department of Energy NEUP Grants June 22, 2021 Probing Speciation of Light Elements in Molten Salts by Electrochemistry, High Temperature Liquid NMR, and NeutronDiffraction …

Professor Raluca Scarlat wins the Society of Hellman Fellows Fund

By Christina Castellanos | May 28, 2021

Professor Raluca Scarlat wins the Society of Hellman Fellows Fund May 28th, 2021 Professor Raluca Scarlat wins the Society of Hellman Fellows Fund with her proposal: “The Relationship between Acidity …

Dan Kammen to hold James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Chair in Sustainability

By Hanna Lorica | May 14, 2021

Professor Dan Kammen to hold the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Chair in Sustainability May 14th, 2021 Professor Dan Kammen was announced as the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Chair …

Professor Per Peterson selected to join the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board

By Hanna Lorica | April 30, 2021

Professor Per Peterson Selected to Join the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board April 30th, 2021 Professor Per Peterson was invited to be a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board …

Christopher Reis’ poster wins 2nd Place at the US-Japan Hawaii Symposium

By Hanna Lorica | April 28, 2021

Christopher Reis’ poster wins 2nd Place at the US-Japan Hawaii Symposium April 27, 2021 First-year graduate student Christopher Reis has won second place for his poster entitled Investigating the limits …

SHERMAN: A UCBNE MEng Capstone Project Now Developed at LANL

By Hanna Lorica | March 14, 2021

SHERMAN: A UCBNE MEng Capstone Project Now Developed at LANL March 12, 2021 A former MEng Capstone project by Jay Lin was published as a paper last year, and now …

ANS Magazine Radwaste Solutions features Lorenzo Vergari’s work

By Hanna Lorica | March 12, 2021

ANS Magazine ‘Radwaste Solutions’ features Lorenzo Vergari’s work March 10, 2021 UCBNE PhD student Lorenzo Vergari’s work is featured in the Spring 2021 Issue of the ANS Magazine ‘Radwaste Solutions.’ …

Professor Max Fratoni awarded the Xenel Distinguished Professorship

By Hanna Lorica | February 22, 2021

Professor Max Fratoni awarded the Xenel Distinguished Professorship February 19, 2021 Professor Max Fratoni was awarded the Xenel Distinguished Professorship to honor his tireless effort for science, education, and service. …

UCBNE Researchers and the search for Dark Matter

By Hanna Lorica | February 15, 2021

UCBNE Researchers and the search for Dark Matter February 12, 2021 UCBNE Professor Karl van Bibber and his group of researchers were featured on campus news for their recent publication …

Berkeley Team take first-ever measurements of Einsteinium

By Hanna Lorica | February 5, 2021

Berkeley Team take first-ever measurements of Einsteinium February 5th, 2021 “Structural and Spectroscopic Characterization of an Einsteinium Complex,” has been published in Nature; A study co-led by Berkeley Lab scientist …

The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium wins 5-year NNSA Grant for the third time

By Hanna Lorica | January 27, 2021

The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium wins 5-year NNSA Grant for the third time January 27, 2021 We congratulate Professor Vujic, Dr. Goldblum, and those that contributed to the successful …

Kairos Power’s Hermes, one of the Risk Reduction Projects awarded by DOE’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program

By Hanna Lorica | January 15, 2021

Kairos Power’s Hermes, one of the Risk Reduction Projects awarded by DOE’s Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program December 16th, 2020 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the projects to …

Rachel Slaybaugh to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road

By Christina Castellanos | January 14, 2021

Rachel Slaybaugh to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road Nuclear engineer and former ARPA-E program director takes the helm at the Lab’s division for entrepreneurial scientists

Berkeley Material Scientists designs recharge able N95 mask

By Hanna Lorica | December 13, 2020

Berkeley Material Scientists designs rechargeable N95 mask December 9th, 2020 The COVID19 Pandemic has exposed the limits of even the most efficient of masks used by first responders. N95 masks, …

Kairos Power Selects Location for Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Test Reactor

By Hanna Lorica | December 13, 2020

Kairos Power Selects Location for Fluoride Salt-Cooled High-Temperature Test Reactor December 12th, 2020 Kairos Power has announced the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee will be the …

Grey Batie wows at the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Research Conference (DIRC20)

By Hanna Lorica | December 12, 2020

Grey Batie wows at the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Research Conference November 13th, 2020 The third annual Diversity & Inclusion Research Conference took place November 12-13, 2020 as a virtual …

Jasmina Vujic: The First Female Chair of a Nuclear Engineering Department

By Brandon Anguiano-Andrade | November 6, 2020

Jasmine Vujic: The First Female Chair of a Nuclear Engineering Department November 06, 2020 Jasmina Vujic was the first woman to join UC Berkeley’s nuclear engineering faculty in 1992, and …

E.S. Kuh Chair of Engineering: Peter Hosemann

By Brandon Anguiano-Andrade | September 25, 2020

E.S. Kuh Chair of Engineering: Peter Hosemann September 24th, 2020 Professor and Department Chair Peter Hosemann was announced as the E.S. Kuh Chair of Engineering. This honor is granted to a faculty …

THE FUTURE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY: Interview with Peter Hosemann

By Brandon Anguiano-Andrade | August 19, 2020

The Future of Nuclear Energy: Interview with Peter Hosemann If you get cancer treatment today, it’s very likely you will get injected with a radioactive substance. That technology is born …

MRS Graduate Student Awards

By Brandon Anguiano-Andrade | August 19, 2020

MRS Graduate Student Awards Yujun Xie, who is now a postdoctoral fellow at Prof. Peter Hosemann’s group at the University of California at Berkeley and National Center for Electron Microscopy …

DOE- Sponsored Research Addressing Protective Equipment During The Pandemic UCB-NE/LBNL Collaboration

By Brandon Anguiano-Andrade | August 19, 2020

DOE- Sponsored Research Addressing Protective Equipment During The Pandemic UCB-NE/LBNL Collaboration August 19, 2020 Since March 2020 it became obvious that Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) is essential to maintain core …