UT Alumni Awarded Two Million Dollars in Research Grants from the U.S. Department of Energy in Support of Advanced Nuclear Energy Technologies
Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation (AMS), was recently awarded two substantial research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
The first grant of a million dollars is for research to resolve issues with implementation of wireless data communications systems in nuclear power plants. Wireless data communication can help reduce the cost of maintenance in nuclear power plants and facilitate equipment condition monitoring, diagnostics, and prognostics. The second million dollar award is for research to develop new methods to verify the performance of instrumentation and control (I&C) system sensors in small modular reactors (SMRs). SMRs are a smaller and more cost-efficient alternative compared to conventional nuclear power plants. The first project will be conducted under the direction of Chad Kiger and the second project under the direction of Alex Hashemian; both engineering graduates of the University of Tennessee (UT) with Master degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. Chad Kiger and Alex Hashemian wrote the proposals leading to award of the two research grants from DOE.
“AMS is extremely honored to be awarded these R&D grants,” said AMS President and CEO Dr. H.M. Hashemian, also a UT graduate and adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at UT. “Not only do these grants further establish AMS as a market leader in predictive maintenance technology for nuclear plants; but they build upon our primary focus on the safe and efficient operation of nuclear power plants in the U.S. and throughout the world.”