Two ARFC graduate students, Andrei Rykhlevskii and Anshuman Chaube were recognized this year by the American Nuclear Society at the national level with the 2018 John and Muriel Landis Scholarship. This award, given by the ANS NEED Committee, consists of a monetary award, a certificate, and placement in the online archive of recipients on the ANS honors and awards website.

This award recognizes students with exceptional potential in nuclear science and engineering who also pursue graduate school despite greater than average constraints. We applaud the committee’s selection of these two students. They each have chosen to pursue their graduate degrees in the face of all challenges presented to them. They each hold extraordinary promise as future nuclear engineering researchers.

Andrei joined ARFC in Fall 2016, and has made significant achievements in graduate research. He has successfully passed his qualifying exam and this semester he completed his MS degree. We are thrilled that he intends to continue toward his PhD in nuclear engineering. Andrei’s research work focuses on high performance multi-physics modeling and simulation and fuel cycle analysis of the molten salt breeder reactor.

Ansh joined ARFC in Fall 2017 and is already working toward two compelling projects. First, he is building a computational model of energy generation and consumption in Japan and is working toward dynamic transition analyses of a reduced carbon future. This work is supported as part of the I2CNER collaboration. Additionally, Ansh has begun neutronics analysis in support of future multi-physics simulations of the Transatomic Power Reactor design.

ARFC is lucky to have an accomplished group of students and we are particularly delighted to congratulate Andrei and Ansh on this award. It recognizes something of great importance to our mission : the humanity and dedication required to pursue an advanced degree in nuclear engineering.