ANS Thermal and Hydraulics Division
The recipient of the Young Members Advancement Award is ANS’s Thermal and Hydraulics Division (THD), which receives the award for demonstrating strong support of YMG activities over the past several years.
Since 2006, the THD has been collaborating with the YMG to organize an annual research competition for young members: the Thermal Hydraulics Young Professional Research Competition. This competition has enjoyed continued success over the years, and has been one of the key events in the technical program within the THD. The competition also promotes the exchange of information and ideas between experienced and young professionals and has created an informal, but very effective, mentoring program.
Dr. Elia Merzari
The 2012 Young Members Excellence Award has gone to Dr. Elia Merzari, who has been recognized for his technical accomplishments, volunteer contributions to ANS, and dedication to expanding opportunities for young member involvement.
Merzari’s technical accomplishments include internationally recognized work on demonstrating the applicability of advanced computational fluid dynamics methods to the analysis of a variety of advanced reactor fuel assembly designs, and 14 published articles in referenced journals thus far in his early career.
Merzari’s ANS volunteer activities include working with the THD as a session organizer, session chair, and paper reviewer, and working with the YMG as secretary. His contribution to the advancement of young members includes undertaking the revitalization of the THD’s Young Members Paper Contest, and expanding the contest from a single entry to two full sessions at ANS winter meetings.
Please join us in congratulating the THD and Dr. Merzari for their accomplishments and thanking them for their contributions to the YMG!