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Internship Program

Elena Garlea (ORNL)
Yinan Sun (ORNL)
Joe Wall (LANL)
Wanchuck Woo (ORNL)
Tarik Saleh (LANL)

   

    ANSWER Fellows [postdoctors and students supported by this Program] will receive internships at the US neutron-scattering facilities. Students will benefit from working directly with staff members who are among the world leaders in the applications of neutron scattering to materials science, and from utilizing state-of-the-art diffractometers and ancillary equipment. The facility will benefit from the high-quality workforce without any financial obligation. Therefore, a good match between the student’s research topic and the hosting national-laboratory’s capabilities and interests will be the most important factor in selecting a national laboratory for the student, and vice-versa. Currently, Mr. Tarik Saleh, a Ph.D. student at UT, has been performing neutron studies of mechanical behavior at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center for six months as a resident graduate-research assistant. We plan to expand such internship opportunities to include multiple universities and national laboratories, both domestic and international. ANSWER Fellows [postdoctors and students supported by this Program] will receive internships at the US neutron-scattering facilities. Students will benefit from working directly with staff members who are among the world leaders in the applications of neutron scattering to materials science, and from utilizing state-of-the-art diffractometers and ancillary equipment. The facility will benefit from the high-quality workforce without any financial obligation. Therefore, a good match between the student’s research topic and the hosting national-laboratory’s capabilities and interests will be the most important factor in selecting a national laboratory for the student, and vice-versa. To further enhance the integration of the multiple disciplines involved in students’ education/research activities, and to provide exposure to “real-world” engineering applications, each ANSWER graduate student will be required to accomplish a minimum two-month Industrial Internship at ALCOA, Boeing Company, DANA Corporation, Federal-Mogul, General Electric, Haynes International, Inc., Solar Turbines, Inc., or Thermal Processing Technology Center. The internship will act as a connection between the industrial sectors and the international collaborative research activities. Prof. Peter Liaw of UT and Prof. Philip Nash at IIT are coordinating the industrial internships. To further promote the technology transfer and industrial interactions, ANSWER will encourage the participation of industry partners in the regular course work, the Neutron Summer School, and Exchange Programs. Furthermore, industrial partners will be encouraged to be directly involved in the international cooperative research projects.
    ANSWER will collaborate with the European neutron-scattering consortia, such as [1] Neutron and Synchrotron Strain Scanning Network [NSSSN] in UK, managed by Prof. P. Withers; and [2] Training Industry in Neutron Strain Scanning [TRAINSS] funded by the European Union. In particular, the NSSSN network is established in order to assist new users in gaining access to neutron and synchrotron facilities, and provide useful services to the general neutron and synchrotron community in Europe. It has made a radical difference to the UK neutron community, and ANSWER will learn from their success. Furthermore, ANSWER, as a global community, will help participants from other countries form domestic consortia, which is essential for developing long-term partnerships among countries.