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Kyle Paaren’s interest in nuclear engineering was first sparked when he earned a Boy Scouts merit badge on the subject at age 11. Fast forward a few years, and Paaren, who is now a Ph.D. student in nuclear engineering at S&T, has been awarded an Integrated University Program (IUP) Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
With the fellowship, Paaren will pursue his research into neutron imaging techniques to detect voids, defects and cracks in reactor pressure vessels and other containment walls. The three-year award includes a $35,000 annual stipend as well as additional support for tuition, research and academic travel. It also provides Paaren with an internship at a DOE national laboratory.
Paaren, a St. Peters native, earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from S&T in 2016.