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love of computers and computer gaming
initially led Jeff Hetherly down a path
toward a computer science degree. How-
ever, the prospect of using computer model-
ing as it applies to physical theory won him
over, and instead he chose to study physics,
earning his bachelor of science from UNT,
magna cum laude, in May 2008.
"I've always been interested in physical
theory and equations," Hetherly says.
"Computer modeling is a direct application
Hetherly now is continuing his educa-
tion at UNT, pursuing a master of science
in physics simultaneously with a doctor of
philosophy in materials science and engi-
He was the only student from Texas
and one of nine from across the nation to
be awarded a $45,000 two-year graduate
fellowship from the U.S. Department of
Energy Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative last
May. The overall mission of the AFCI is
to make nuclear fuels more efficient and
the waste they produce less harmful to the
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The funds allow Hetherly to study
how long-term exposure to radiation can
cause the materials used to build nuclear
reactors to deform. He is focusing specifi-
cally on the effects of radiation on nano-
structured stainless steel, and his findings
may be used to support the design of
future nuclear reactors.
"Hetherly's research is important to
the AFCI program because stainless steel is
the predominant material of construction
for future fast reactors," says James Bresee,
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