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CAES December 2022 Newsletter

Advanced Manufacturing REU Website and Application Open Dec 15

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) has established a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site with an intellectual focus on Advanced Manufacturing for a Sustainable Energy Future (AMSEF). Last year was our first year and we are excited to announce our application process for the second year.

This 10-week program will enable 10 undergraduate students from Idaho’s 2-year and 4-year institutions, and universities from across the nation, to work alongside CAES-affiliated faculty from Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Idaho and INL Scientists, at the CAES headquarters located near the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Research Campus in Idaho Falls. Students will work on projects related to advanced manufacturing in collaboration with University Faculty and Scientists from INL. The selected research projects will leverage new capabilities in the CAES facility, including a state-of-the-art transmission electron microscope and a suite of instruments for advanced manufacturing of sensors and instrumentation for extreme environments.

During the summer research experience, students will have opportunities to share their work with an active research community and co-author publications and presentations based on their research findings.

Learn More About the Program and Apply At CAES REU

Upcoming Events

Energy Policy Institute Power Talk – Consent-based Siting in Nuclear Energy December 12th, 2022, 2 pm MT Register Here 

CAES HQ TEM and 3D Printer Ribbon Cutting

The Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Nov. 7 in Idaho Falls to unveil a new scanning transmission electron microscope as well as a new 3D metal printer.

Ribbon cutting ceremony

The new transmission electron microscope, a ThermoFisher FEI Spectra 300, serves as the centerpiece of CAES’s Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) and opens access to industry, academic and government researchers from around the world. According to David Estrada, an associate professor with Boise State’s Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering and the associate director of CAES, it is a state-of-the-art tool that will allow researchers to see individual atoms in materials. It is one of the few in the world that has the kind of imaging capability for samples that have been irradiated or emit radiation.

In addition to the microscope, a new 3D metal printer will add to the combined capabilities of Idaho National Laboratory’s Advanced Manufacturing Suite. Marianne Walck, who serves both as deputy laboratory director for science and technology and as chief research officer at INL, said CAES received the new Open Additive PANDA 3D metal printer through a Nuclear Energy University Program grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Boise State University’s Vice President for Research and Economic Development Nancy Glenn said the partnerships among CAES and Idaho’s research universities serve as a catalyst for innovation in the state and region.

More Information Here: Ribbon Cutting

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