Ibaceta to present nuclear research at national conference

December 18, 2013

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German Ibaceta

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior mechanical engineering major, German Ibaceta from Los Andes, Chile, has been selected to present his research at the upcoming Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Ibaceta submitted his proposal in October and learned in mid-November that he had been selected to present. The conference is being held Feb. 20-22, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the National Science Foundation Human Resource Development Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities. The objectives of the conference are to help undergraduate and graduate students enhance their science communication skills and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce. Other conference activities include workshops focused on strategies for applying for and succeeding in graduate programs and finding funding for graduate school, career preparation workshops focused on employment searches and retention, and understanding STEM careers in a global context and identifying international research and education opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty.

Ibaceta will be presenting on the research he conducted to investigate the thermal-hydraulic properties of a helium flow loop in small channels in order to extract nuclear heat radiation from nuclear reactors. “The work frame for this study is being funded by the International Fusion Material Irradiation Facility and my experiment took place at the Institute for Neutron Physics and Reactor Technology, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany,” he said. 

Dr. David Kunz, is Ibaceta’s supervising UW-Platteville faculty member.

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will be sponsoring two students in addition to Ibaceta to attend the ERN Conference in hopes that those students can present at the conference in the future. This is being made possible through a WiscAMP grant that was secured through the UW-Platteville Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The office will be sponsoring other STEM focused conferences and activities through the year. 

Contact: Kari Hill, assistant director, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, (608) 342-1555, hillkar@uwplatt.edu

Formatted by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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