UNM awarded nearly USD 1.6M grants

10 August 2018

Researchers from The University of New Mexico have been awarded more than USD 1.5M in two separate multi-year grants beginning this fall and announced recently from the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program.

One award, for USD799, 945, is titled “NICSim: Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Simulation for Evaluating Response to Cyberattacks.” The project is being by led by Mohamed S. El-Genk, Distinguished and Regents’ Professor of nuclear engineering and founding director of the UNM Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies.

This program, which focuses on cybersecurity, will seek to develop a nuclear instrumentation and control simulation platform with a unique capability to simulate control systems and components in nuclear power plants. The objective of the project is to be able to simulate and eventually prevent cyberattacks on nuclear power grids.

The second project, in the amount of USD 800,000, is titled “Integral Experimental Investigation of Radioisotope Retention in Flowing Lead for the Mechanistic Source Term Evaluation of Lead Cooled Fast Reactor.” The goal of the project, which is being led at UNM by Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering Youho Lee, is to discover how much radiation the public will be exposed to in the event of worst-case scenario accidents of next-generation reactors. Additionally, the project will explore future licensing strategies for the technology that is developed.

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