NC State PhD Candidate among 2020 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award Winners

Congratulations to Nina Colby Fleming, PhD Candidate at NC State University Department of Nuclear Engineering. Colby completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in nuclear engineering in the department. Her graduate faculty adviser, Dr. Ayman Hawari, is a Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Nuclear Reactor Program.

Nina Colby Fleming, a Ph.D. student in Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University, has been awarded a Second Place prize in the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D. Fleming’s award is in the Open Competition in the category of Nuclear Science and Engineering. Her award-winning research paper, “Structure-Dependent Doppler Broadening Using a Generalized Thermal Scattering Law,” was published in the Proceedings of the 2020 Physics of Reactors (PHYSOR) Conference in March 2020.

In order to be successful and retain its leadership role in nuclear technologies, the United States must foster creativity and breakthrough achievements to develop tomorrow’s nuclear technologies. The Department of Energy has long recognized that university students are an important source of breakthrough solutions, and a key component in meeting its long-term goals. The Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program was developed for this purpose.

The Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program is designed to: 1) award graduate and undergraduate students for innovative nuclear-technology-relevant research publications, 2) demonstrate the Department of Energy’s commitment to higher education in nuclear-technology-relevant disciplines, and 3) support communications among university students and Department of Energy representatives.

The program awarded 24 prizes in 2020 for student publications relevant to innovative nuclear technology. In addition to cash awards, award-winning students will have a variety of other opportunities.

For more information on the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards program, visit

Press release from Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards, August 2020