Incoming NE Ph.D. Student Wins Best Poster Award
Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Fellow and incoming Fall 2015 UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering graduate student, Daniel Hellfeld, won the JD Williams Best Poster Award at this year’s Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Annual Meeting. He recently completed an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University. Daniel’s research is on the feasibility of determining the direction of nuclear reactor antineutrinos via elastic electron scattering in large Gd-doped water Cherenkov detectors. These types of detectors are currently being investigated for their potential use in far-field (10-100 km) remote monitoring of nuclear reactors. If directionality is possible, these detectors could discriminate between multiple reactors and potentially be used to search for clandestine reactors. The work is being done in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium at the University of California, Berkeley.