Rickover Fellowship Participants: What do they have to say?

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About the Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering…

“The fellowship program was very influential in my development as a nuclear engineer. It afforded me several opportunities, including: 1) the flexibility to work on a project that not only I was interested in, but was also mutually beneficial to the NR program.2) the opportunity interact with an extremely talented and technically competent group of individuals at Bettis. In particular, the opportunity to work along side Dr. David L. Aumiller, Jr. (mentor) proved to be an invaluable experience. I am extremely thankful for all of his help and support over the past several years. I would highly recommend him as a mentor to any future fellowship students studying in the area of thermal-hydraulics, two-phase flow, or reactor safety analysis. 3) the opportunity to gain exposure to the NR program that ultimately led to my decision to pursue a career at Bettis following the completion of my degree. I know that I have benefited greatly from my experience/involvement with the fellowship. I am a strong supporter of this program and hope that I will continue to exist for many years to come. In closing, I would like to thank everyone at MUSC, and especially Nancy Carder, for all of their help with various matters over the past few years.”
-Jeffrey W. Lane

“The RFP fellowship allowed me to focus directly on research instead of having to earn institutional monies rather than absorbing TA or RA responsibilities. The practica opportunities provided a welcoming application-driven environment to apply techniques being developed for thesis research and also to explore new research topics. I did not take advantage of a summer each at Bettis and KAPL, opting for two summers at Bettis, but the opportunity to do summer research at either lab is a great opportunity and should be highlighted in the fellowship advertisements. The summers spent at Bettis directly resulted in my choice to start my career here, which of course, was fostered by the opportunity provided by the fellowship. It would be nice to have an annual or bi-annual meeting of all current fellows since the program is on the small side, and familiarize each other with our different areas of research and discuss future opportunities and direction. Nancy Carder has done a wonderful job keeping the lines of communication open and updates streaming to the fellows, especially when one can get extremely focused and busy doing research.”
-Leonard Lucas

“I had a great experience working and studying through the Rickover Fellowship Program. I enjoyed the challenging and interesting lab research during my summer practica. My experience working at the lab during those two summers ultimately cemented my desire to work at Bettis full-time after graduation.”
-Justin Pounders

“Program Benefits: 1) the flexibility to work on a project that not only I was interested in, but was also mutually beneficial to the NR program. 2) the opportunity interact with an extremely talented and technically competent group of individuals at Bettis. In particular, the opportunity to work along side Dr. David L. Aumiller, Jr. (mentor) proved to be an invaluable experience. I am extremely thankful for all of his help and support over the past several years. I would highly recommend him as a mentor to any.3) the opportunity to gain exposure to the NR program that ultimately led to my decision to pursue a career at Bettis following the completion of my degree. I know that I have benefited greatly from my experience/involvement with the fellowship. I am a strong supporter of this program and hope that I will continue to exist for many years to come. In closing, I would like to thank everyone at MUSC, and especially Nancy Carder, for all of their help with various matters over the past few years.”
-Dustin Reinert

“I am extremely grateful to the fellowship program for funding my research over the past three years. Through the fellowship program, I had the opportunity to work with leading researchers at Bettis Laboratory who have enriched my graduate education and helped develop my research skills. I was given the opportunity to present my research at three professional conferences. Personally, the practicum experience—establishing relationships with mentors/peers, invaluable work experience, working with expert engineers in various research fields—was the most rewarding part of the program. I honestly have no suggestions for improvement. The NNP fellowship had enabled me in all aspects of my educational experience. Thank you.”
-Matthew Anderson Jessee

“The Rickover Fellowship gave me the freedom to focus on my education and research, without worrying about writing grant proposals or securing external funding for my work. The summer practicum for the Rickover Fellowship gave me an opportunity to get involved with ongoing research projects at the NR laboratories, and provided valuable real-world experience to complement and reinforce what I had learned in the classroom. As a Rickover Fellow I had the opportunity to work with engineers from both Bettis and KAPL. My familiarity with both laboratories, and the NR program in general, was a major advantage when I started my career at Bettis. My laboratory mentor helped me to understand many of the engineering challenges associated with designing nuclear reactors for naval applications. This allowed me to focus my classwork and research on topics that I knew would benefit me throughout my career in the NR program. After graduation the transition from Rickover Fellow to full-time engineer was nearly seamless, and my first six years at Bettis have been filled with many interesting and challenging technical assignments.”
-Dave Griesheimer