Two Clemson University graduate students and a post-doctoral fellow captured one-half of the poster awards presented at the 2016 Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Basic Research Technical Review held in July near Washington, DC.

Hoegg, Lu, Seliman

Hoegg, Lu, Seliman

In total, 66 posters were presented, representing approximately 25 universities and research organizations.  Clemson winners were graduate students Edward Hoegg (“Isotope Ratio Measurements and Precision using a Liquid Sampling-Atmospheric Pressure Ion Source Interfaced to an Orbitrap Mass Analyzer”), who works for professor R. Kenneth Marcus of the Department of Chemistry with collaboration with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Mowen Lu (“Optimal Transmission Line Switching Under Geomagnetic Disturbances”), who works with professors Scott Mason and Sandra Eksioglu of the Department of Industrial Engineering in collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and post-doctoral fellow Ayman Seliman (“Extractive Scintillating Sensors for Real-Time Monitoring of Sr-90 in Aqueous Solutions”), who works on a collaborative project between professors Tim DeVol and Scott Husson of the Departments of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, respectively.

DTRA funds fundamental research in areas that have relevance to sensing, defending against, and securing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), with the annual technical review providing a venue to describe progress and exchange ideas among research laboratories and various government entities.  While principal investigators (usually university professors) provide oral overviews of their programs, students and post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to attend to get a better picture of WMD-related research as well as to present posters on their own work.