The Applied Research Center (ARC) at Florida International University (FIU) attended and made technical presentations at the Waste Management 2013 Conference (WM13) in Phoenix, Arizona, from February 24 to February 28, 2013. Ten (10) professional oral and poster presentations were given based on the applied research being conducted by ARC on behalf of DOE-EM in major areas of research: 1) High Level Waste, 2) Soil and Groundwater Remediation, 3) Deactivation & Decommissioning, and 4) Information Technology for Environmental Management. The professional presentations given included:
During the WM13 Honors and Award Luncheon on February 26, Dr. Georgio Tachiev (FIU) was awarded for the WM2012 Best Poster presentation for the poster entitled, “Transport of Organic Compounds in Old Salvage Yard, Oak Ridge, TN.” The other authors for this technical paper included David Roelant and Siamak Malek-Mohammadi of FIU as well as Kent Bostick and Anamary Daniel of Pro2Serve.
In addition, a total of 22 FIU STEM students attended WM13. Twenty (20) DOE Fellows and other FIU students presented technical posters during Session 31 (Student Poster Competition: The Next Generation – Industry Leaders of Tomorrow) based on the hands-on research that they have performed at ARC and during their summer internships at DOE sites, national laboratories, and site contractors. One DOE Fellow (Ximena Prugue) also participated in a panel session at the conference, Session 62 on “Graduating Students and New Engineers – Their Wants and Needs.” A former DOE Fellow, Rosa Elmetti (DOE EM), participated in a second panel session at WM13, Session 63 on “Young Professionals.”
FIU also hosted a booth (# 635) in the exhibiter’s hall to provide conference attendees with additional information on the DOE-EM applied research being conducted at ARC and to provide live demonstrations of the D&D Knowledge Management Information Tool, a free web-based knowledge management information tool custom built for the D&D user community (www.dndkm.org). Program and project fact sheets on DOE-EM projects were also made available to conference attendees.