Student Speak

Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science highlights

Posted by Erin Campbell on March 16, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Welcome back readers, today I'll be walking you through some highlights of our university's last (but not least) faculty. Take a break from the midterm madness and read all about what the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science has been up to!

The Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS) offers unique, innovative programs and opportunities for their students, ensuring that their graduates meet industry standards and needs. 

FESNS offers two undergraduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering, and Health Physics and Radiation Science. The Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering offered by FESNS is the only program of its kind in Canada! Students in Nuclear Engineering also have the option to pursue a five-year Engineering and Management degree.

Experiential learning

Both programs in FESNS offer the opportunity for students to participate in co-ops and internships. This is a great opportunity for students to gain more practical applications of their knowledge, all while gaining valuable job experience and making some money too! Nuclear Engineering students will complete a Capstone project in their fourth year, where they will design and complete a device while taking all steps that they would in a real work environment including market research, project management, prototypes, a professional report and more. Students in Health Physics and Radiation Science have the chance to complete a thesis in their fourth year, where they will organize and conduct a project, integrating their knowledge into it, taking all necessary components into account. Keep reading for some interesting work that FESNS students are doing right now!


20180301_125101(1)-1.jpgThe Environment Radiation Laboratory is an undergraduate laboratory where students will participate in exciting projects such as simulating a nuclear reactor accident which includes collecting environmental samples, bringing the samples into the lab and inputting the samples into a detector. It is in this lab where students will measure the energy and activity of any radiation present in the samples collected. This lab has some very cool equipment with lots of interesting projects for students!

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The XY lab is a new lab hoping to provide space and equipment for students to carry out projects in VR. I met Raj Panchal and Geoff Momin, two undergraduate students in Nuclear Engineering completing an undergraduate thesis here during my lab tour! Raj and Geoff are working on a ton of really cool things for their thesis so I'll just give a brief overview. In the XY lab, they have created an object recognition algorithm that can recognize voices, faces, emotions, age and a rover LIDAR among other things with exciting potential for it to be very useful in industry. The lab is compiling some really cool equipment like Google glasses, that I got to try out and you can see in the picture. Great work!


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Julia Smith is a Nuclear Engineering student going into her fourth year and she is currently a co-op student with Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)! She has been working with CNSC since June 2017, and is loving her placement! For her first work term, Julia was with the Directorate of Nuclear Cycle and Facilities Regulation (DNCFR) which regulates facilities and activities across the nuclear fuel cycle. While in DNCFR she had the opportunity to attend three different inspections, her favourite being the inspection of the Nuclear Power Demonstration (NPD) site, which was Canada’s first nuclear power reactor and is currently undergoing decommissioning. Currently, she is with the Assessment Integration Division (AID), assisting with vendor design reviews which is a service that the CNSC provides to evaluate a vendor’s understanding of Canadian regulatory requirements and provides an early opportunity to assess whether the vendor intends to meet key design requirements. Julia says she loves how CNSC really involves their co-op students, she feels that the work she has been doing has actually been contributing to their mandate. Excellent work Julia, so great to hear about your amazing opportunity!

Justine Mavec is a Health Physics and Radiation Science student (with a minor in Chemistry) going into her fourth year and she is currently doing a 12-month internship at Energy Solutions Canada (ESC). The focus of her internship is to perform duties related to the facility Radiation Safety program, as well as the instrumentation Quality Control Program management. She also has responsibilities that include working in the radio-chemistry laboratory preparing and analyzing samples. Justine has been loving her internship with Energy Solutions Canada and she stresses how valuable this experience has been for her. Her internship has allowed her to gain experience in her field in a professional work environment and it has helped set the foundation for her future career! It's great to hear about Justine's successful internship and how much she has been learning. Great work!

That's all for the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science! As always, if there are other aspects of the faculty that you think deserve a shout-out, leave me a comment down below!

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