Maik Lang, assistant professor of nuclear engineering, accepts a plaque commemorating his receipt of the 2015 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek Monday, July 20.
Lang will use the award to support one graduate and one undergraduate student to utilize advanced characterization techniques for the study of nuclear material performance under extreme conditions. This will include travel to large user facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory and the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
“One of the major impacts of this award has been to obtain preliminary data from neutron and X-ray scattering experiments of irradiated complex oxides which will allow me to apply for research funding at the Department of Energy. It further provides important, hands-on experience for my students which will help develop this part of my research agenda,” said Lang.
The Powe award is given competitively to early-career researchers at member universities by Oak Ridge Associated Universities. The Office of Research and Engagement matches the $5,000 award from ORAU.