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The nuclear engineering department at UT built on a series of successes recently by bringing home eight top awards at a conference hosted by the American Nuclear Society at Texas A&M University.

“We are so proud of the research success our students continue to have and the recognition they are receiving for themselves, their faculty, and UT,” said Wes Hines, head of the department.

Justin Knowles and Seth Langford each claimed two awards.

Knowles—who is also a student in the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education—received Best Graduate Presentation in Detection and Measurement Technical Session and Service Commendation Award honors, the latter for alerting the ANS about an energy law that the EPA was trying to pass that it deemed unfair.

Like Knowles, Remy Devoe also received the Service Commendation Award for alerting the ANS about the proposed energy law.

Langford won awards for Best Graduate Presentation in Thermal Hydraulics and Fluids as well as Best Graduate Paper.

Other UT winners included Jerrad Auxier for Best Graduate Presentation in Nonproliferation and Nuclear Safeguards, Hannah Hale for Best Graduate Presentation Special Session: International Applications, and Kelsa Benensky for Best Graduate Presentation in Aerospace, Nuclear Science and Technology Technical Session.

The conference was attended by more than 500 students and 200 professionals.

The past year has been a time of remarkable success for the department, including being ranked in the top five of all nuclear departments in back-to-back years to signing an agreement with Czech Technical University in Prague.


David Goddard (865-974-0683,