Vanderbilt Graduate Researcher Receives Prestigious US Department of Energy Grant of $ 161,000 | Vanderbilt News
the US Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy awarded an Integrated University Program research grant of $ 161,000 to Irfan Ibrahim, graduate research assistant in environmental engineering, to continue his work on nuclear reactor safety. The office awards provide 50 scholarships and 31 scholarships to nuclear scientists and engineers from 35 colleges and universities in 23 states.
Ibrahim’s research is to support safety and reliability assessments of advanced nuclear reactors. Specifically, his work supports early-stage risk analyzes of molten salt reactors, which show promise as efficient and reliable sources of carbon-free electricity. MSRs are built with technology and components that require rigorous analysis.
“I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the recipient of this prestigious scholarship. This will allow me to pursue very important and cutting edge research and to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in my field, ”Ibrahim said. “I am honored to be able to represent Vanderbilt University in this capacity, and this scholarship will certainly help me further my academic and career goals.”
“These DOE-NE scholarships are very flexible. Here at Vanderbilt, they enable our students to pursue applied research in the risk assessment of advanced nuclear technologies to explore the safety and environmental impacts of new concepts, ”said Steven krahn, Professor of Environmental Nuclear Engineering Practice and Principal Investigator of the Fellowship.
The scholarship provides funding to help pay for graduate study and research and $ 5,000 to fund an internship at a Department of Energy’s national lab or other approved research center to strengthen bonds between students and scholars. DOE energy research programs.
“It is an honor to represent Nashville and what most people call ‘Athens of the South’ because of our great universities here,” said US Representative Jim Cooper in a statement. Release. “I am pleased that this funding is going to students who are conducting groundbreaking research to advance society and build our future.”
This success follows the award of a 10-year contract to Vanderbilt as part of the Integrated University Program, managed by the Idaho Department of Energy’s office of operations. This award pre-qualifies Vanderbilt to compete for future departmental funding. Vanderbilt had won two previous research awards from the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, totaling $ 1.6 million.
Ibrahim is the fourth Vanderbilt graduate student to receive an Integrated University Program Research Fellowship in seven years; Previous recipients are Timothy Ault (Ph.D., ENVE, ’17), Brandon Chisholm (Ph.D., ENVE, ’20) and current Ph.D. candidate Megan Harkema.