ARFC graduate student, Jin Whan Bae, Teddy for short, will be recognized this month with the 2017 Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. Teddy has been invited to attend the Department Honors and Awards Banquet on April 13th, where he will formally receive his award. This recognition consists of a monetary award, a certificate, and a listing on a plaque that is permanently displayed in Talbot Laboratory.

In Fall 2016, Teddy was an undergraduate researcher in ARFC. This semester he is completing his undergraduate degree while beginning his first semester as a graduate student in ARFC.

He is being recognized for his significant achievements in research as an undergraduate. In particular, in Fall 2016, Teddy led a project to quantify the feasibility, benefits, and drawbacks of a creative disposal concept. For this work, Teddy consulted technically with Prof. Huff as well as key NPRE experts, Dr. William Roy and Prof. Cliff Singer. This work culminated in a paper submission to the International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference (IHLRWM2017). This paper, “Benefits of Siting a Borehole Repository on Non-Operating Nuclear Facility,” was exceptional work and was enthusiastically accepted. Expert reviewers said about this paper “Wonderful paper! Publish basically as is.” and “This is an excellent paper that maps out an entirely plausible new way to look at nuclear waste storage in the US.”

ARFC is lucky to have an accomplished group of students. We especially congratulate Teddy on this award as it recognizes a core value of our research group: exceptional scholarship.