Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium

Overview

Boise State University, Idaho State University and University of Idaho are hosting an in-person student symposium for undergraduate and graduate students from across the Mountain West who have an interest in carbon neutrality. The student symposium will take place March 29-31 in Idaho Falls, Idaho at the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

 

Sessions include:

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials
  • Computational Modeling
  • Energy Storage
  • Environmental Energy Engagement
  • Fusion Energy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Renewable sources
  • Sustainability
  • Waste Management

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to prepare a poster and/or presentation. Prizes will be awarded for Best Poster, Best Presentation, Best Speaker and other categories!

    Registration

    Go here to register

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    Symposium Agenda

    Wednesday, March 29

    A tour of INL and CAES facilities will be offered to the first 60 students who opt in during registration. The various tours will be an all-day event (8:00am – 5:00pm MT). It is important to note that some facilities will be restricted to U.S. citizens only, such as the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and Materials Fuel Complex (MFC). Students will be broken up into two tour group. Below is a sample itinerary of the tour:

     

    TIME  ACTIVITY  PRESENTER 
    8:00-8:15  Badge & load bus at CAES  Shelly Norman, Liza Raley, Taylor Wilhelm 
    8:15-9:15  Travel to EBR-I  INL Transportation 
    9:15-10:15  Tour EBR-I  Taylor Wilhelm 
    10:15-10:30  Travel to ATR  INL Transportation 
    10:30-10:45  Ingress ATR   
    10:45-11:45  Tour ATR (2 groups)  Shelly Norman, Liza Raley 
    11:45-12:00  Egress ATR   
    12:00-12:30  Travel to MFC (boxed lunches on bus)  INL Transportation 
    12:30-12:45  Ingress MFC    
    12:45-1:30  Tour HFEF (2 groups)  Shelly Norman, Liza Raley 
    1:30-1:45  Egress MFC   
    1:45-2:30  Travel to EIL  INL Transportation 
    2:30-3:00  Walk-by tour EIL  Liza Raley 
    3:00-4:00  Tour ESL (2 groups)  Liza Raley, Taylor Wilhelm 
    4:00  Conclude   
    Thursday, March 30

    8:00 AM: Registration and Check-In
    8:30 AM: CAES Welcome
    9:00 AM: Keynote Speaker Panel

    Moderator:

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    Panelist:

    Dr. Todd Combs Headshot.png?fm=png&ixlib=php 3.3 Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium Dr. Todd Combs (Associate Laboratory Director, Energy and Environment S&T, INL)
    Dr. Jess Gehin Headshot.png?fm=png&ixlib=php 3.3 Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium Dr. Jess Gehin (Associate Laboratory Director, Nuclear Science and Technology, INL)
    Mr. Zach Tudor Headshot.png?fm=png&ixlib=php 3.3 Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium Mr. Zach Tudor (Associate Laboratory Director, National and Homeland Security, INL)

    10:00 AM: Refreshment Break
    10:15 AM: Plenary Session 1

    Speaker

    Dr. Seth Synder headshot.jpg?fm=pjpg&ixlib=php 3.3 Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium Dr. Seth Snyder (Directorate Fellow, INL)

    11:30 AM: Lunch Break
    12:50 PM: Technical Session 2
    2:45 PM: Refreshment Break
    3:00 PM: Career Panel 1

    Panelist:

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    Dr. Eric Dufek Headshot.png?fm=png&ixlib=php 3.3 Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium Dr. Eric Dufek (Energy Storage and Electric Transportation Department Manager, INL)
    Dr. Juan Gallego Calderon Headshot.png?fm=png&ixlib=php 3.3 Future Net-Zero Innovators Symposium Dr. Juan Gallego-Calderon (Clean Energy Engineer (solar and wind energy), INL)

     

    5:00 PM: Networking Session + Graduate Posters
    7:00 PM: Adjourn

    Friday, March 31

    8:00 AM: Student Coffee
    8:30 AM:
    Keynote Speaker

    Speaker:

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    9:30 AM: Technical Session 2
    11:30 AM:
    Refreshment Break
    11:45 AM:
    Plenary Session 2

    Speaker:

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    12:30 PM: Lunch Break
    1:45 PM:
    Technical Session 3
    3:15 PM:
    Refreshment Break
    3:30 PM:
    Technical Session 4
    5:00 PM:
    Student Networking + Undergraduate Posters
    6:30 PM:
    Prizes Announced + Closing Remarks
    7:00 PM:
    Adjourn

    FuNZI Goals and Mission

    Our mission is to provide an opportunity for students interested in carbon neutrality to present their research and to be educated on the multifaceted approach of local industry in increasing sustainability and reducing carbon emissions. The FuNZI committee is led by the American Nuclear Society Student Chapters at Boise State University (BSU), Idaho State University (ISU), and University of Idaho (UoI). We are dedicated to forging a future of net-zero emissions as well as contributing to the environmental targets set by our country’s current administration. We hope to create an environment that allows students to network and learn about future careers as well as internship opportunities.

    Student Organization Committee

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    Kaelee Novich
    Chair, 3rd year PhD student, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

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    Drew Glenna
    Vice-Chair, 3rd year Ph.D. student, Nuclear Engineering, University of Idaho

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    Cadré Francis
    Sponsorship Lead, 4th year Ph.D. student, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

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    Lydia Rice
    Marketing Lead, Junior level undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University

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    Will Johanson
    Travel & Logistics Lead, Senior level undergraduate student, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

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    Jackie Stone
    Member, Junior level undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University

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    Sarah Cole
    Member, Sophomore level undergraduate student, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

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    Tim Phero
    Webpage Designer, 5th year Ph.D. student, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

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    Scott Riley
    Selection Lead, 5th year Ph.D. student, Materials Science and Engineering, Boise State University

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    Sesily Stewart
    Member, 2nd year PhD student, Nuclear Engineering, University of Idaho

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    Allen Geringer
    Keynote Speaker Lead, Junior level undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering, Boise State University

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    Tejaswini Vaidya
    Member, 3rd year Ph.D. student, Chemical Engineering, University of Idaho

    Lodging

    There are many options for lodging close to the Idaho National Lab, Idaho Falls campus and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies. Please reach out if you need help finding lodging.

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    More Information

    For more information, email kaeleenovich@u.boisestate.edu