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AAD Members Awarded Fellow of ANS at 2019 ANS Annual Meeting:
Dr. Robert W. Youngblood


Student Conference AAD Best Paper Award:
Gerit Bruhaug (Idaho State University) for “Using G4Beamline for the Design and Tuning of a 33 MeV Electron LINAC”

AAD Members Who Received ANS Holly Compton Award in Education (ETWDD) at 2018 ANS Annual Meeting:
Prof. James F. Stubbins
Prof. Paul Philip Hood Wilson

AAD Members Who Received ANS Landis Public Communication and Education Award at 2018 ANS Annual Meeting:
Prof. James F. Stubbins

2018 ANS Student Travel Awards Supported In-Part by AAD:
Yuqiao “Joy” Fan, North Carolina State University
Ran Kong, Purdue University
Ralph Wiser, The University of Texas at Austin
Will Derdeyn, University of Wisconsin – Madison


AAD Members Who Received ANS Mishima Award at 2017 ANS Annual Meeting:
Prof. Gary S. Was

AccApp’17 student travel awards for best posters:
Tommaso Stefano Carzaniga, Albert Einstein Center for Fundamental Physics (AEC) and Laboratory for High Energy Physics (LHEP), Switzerland for “Solid Target Developments at the Bern Cyclotron Laboratory”
David Alexander Bruton, University of Huddersfield, UK for “Dual Proton – Helium Accelerator for Radioisotope Production”
Eunjoong Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) for “Radiation Shielding Analysis for the A-BNCT facility”
Jesse M. Brown, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY for “Neutron Transmission Measurements and Resonance Analysis of Mo-96”

Proposed AAD Grand Challenges

Please comment on or suggest others (contact us). Submissions for consideration as ANS Nuclear Grand Challenges due by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Dispose of spent nuclear fuel using Accelerator Driven Systems

This grand challenge is intended for developing an innovative safe approach for disposing of the total spent nuclear fuel inventory of USA.  This approach utilizes only a few, up to four, Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS).  Each has a subcritical core driven by proton accelerator utilizing the current technologies with limited extrapolation.  The proton beam power and the engineering design constraints of the spallation target define the number of systems.  These systems remove the long-term radiotoxicity of the spent fuel, generate energy to recover its cost, eliminate the need for a large geological repository, and avoid the use of fuel reprocessing steps.  In the spent fuel disposal process, the long term fission produces will be transmuted to stable isotopes and the minor actinides will be fissioned for generating energy.  In addition, these systems have several safety and operational advantages.

Accelerate new materials licensing for nuclear applications using ion beam irradiation

Decades of ion beam irradiation has proven it to be an extremely useful tool to enhance the understanding of radiation damage in materials for nuclear applications. Inducing radiation damage utilizing ion beams in structural materials and fuels causes high displacement damage rates and therefore accelerates the research on the materials response under these conditions. In addition, the conditions in ion beam accelerators can be extremely well controlled allowing for repeatable experiments. The promise of accelerated research using ion beams has triggered the development of a large number of materials irradiation facilities in recent times. However, the ultimate question how the basic research conducted using this approach can lead to an accelerated certification and licensing process for materials considered in nuclear power applications is still open. What is the scientific path the community needs to take to truly accelerate materials deployment for nuclear power applications?