Published on Monday May 10, 2010
Professor Mitra Taheri, Hoeganaes Assistant Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, has been awarded a three-year $448,811 grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
"Drexel University Faculty Development Program in Nuclear Materials Science: Design and Characterization of Radiation-Tolerant Alloys Using Multiscale Grain Boundary Engineering and Advanced Microscopy Methods" will seek to improve and design new metal alloys for use in current and future nuclear reactors. Drexel support in the amount of $150,000 will supplement the NRC funding.
This program will strengthen faculty research in nuclear engineering at Drexel University. To increase the number of women in the field of nuclear engineering and materials science, Taheri will develop Drexel WINS (Women in Nuclear Science) to provide funding for incoming freshman female students pursuing degrees in materials science and engineering with a minor in nuclear engineering.
Additionally, the grant stipulates the organization of an external advisory board to oversee the project, comprised of representation from Argonne National Laboratory, University of Michigan, Idaho National Laboratory, University of Wisconsin, Ames National Laboratory/Iowa State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Westinghouse Electric Company.