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Recipients of CAES Collaboration Funds announced

CAES is pleased to announce the recipients of CAES Collaboration Program Development Funds for 2021. These “collaboration funds” have been awarded for four years to projects led by INL researchers that include faculty from the CAES universities. The goal is to establish and foster relationships between the CAES entities in research, education, and innovation. The 2021 program began in January with a virtual open house and call for proposals. After reviewing the submissions, CAES leadership identified the proposals best-suited to enhance collaborative relationships among the CAES entities in at least one of the seven focus areas outlined in the CAES Strategy. Priority was given to projects with a tie to future direct-funded work such as through a DOE solicitation. Here are the recipients:

Collaborators Project title CAES focus area(s)
INL’s Joshua Hansel, Nuclear Science and Technology (NS&T) Directorate and Amir Ali, Idaho State University Nuclear Microreactor Heat Pipe Modeling and Simulation Database Nuclear Energy/
Computing, Data,
and Visualization
INL’s Kunal Mondal, Energy and Environment Science and Technology (EES&T)) Directorate, and Mustafa Mashal, Bruce Savage, Rene Rodriguez, and Kavita Sharma, Idaho State University


Bulk Storage of Hydrogen Energy Advanced Manufacturing
INL’s Lu Cai, EES&T, and Lan Li, Boise State University Thermal Analysis of Nuclear Materials Nuclear Energy
INL’s Bryon Marsh, National and Homeland Security (N&HS) Directorate, and Mustafa Mashal, Idaho State University Radiological Dispersal Device Training Nuclear Energy


INL’s Craig Rieger, N&HS, and Costas Kolias, University of Idaho Evaluation of USB Peripherals Cybersecurity
INL’s Boopathy Kombaiah, Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC), and Indrajit Charit, University of Idaho Advanced Manufacturing Materials Development Advanced Manufacturing/
Nuclear Energy
INL’s Amy Lientz, EES&T, NS&T, and N&HS, and Karen Corral and Jim Kroes, Boise State University Growing the Next Generation of Supply Chain Professionals Cybersecurity
INL’s SM Shafiul Alam, EES&T, and Yacine Chakhchoukh, University of Idaho Cyber Vulnerability Issues of Distribution Systems Cybersecurity/
Innovative Energy Systems
INL’s Som Dhulipala, NS&T, and Leslie Kerby, Idaho State University, and Lars Kotthoff, University of Wyoming Randomized Computing for Multiphysics Modeling and Simulations  

Computing, Data, and Visualization