Muhammad Rizki Oktavian, S.T., M.S.E., lecturer of the Nuclear Engineering Study Program, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, Universitas Gadjah Mada, received two awards, one each from Purdue University and the American Nuclear Society, United States.
Currently, Rizki is studying for a doctoral program at the School of Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University, United States of America. The first award, the Early-Career Graduate Research Award, was inaugurated to him at the Recognition Seminar at the Purdue campus, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. This award is bestowed as the highest achievement in research conducted by graduate students in Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University.
The second award, Best Paper, was obtained by Rizki from the American Nuclear Society, a professional organization in the field of nuclear science and technology in the United States. Rizki received the award at the “2022 Student Conference” at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus, Illinois, United States of America. At the conference, Rizki presented his research entitled “Equivalent Transport Cross-section Generation for Finite-Difference Diffusion Solver”.
In this research, Rizki was able to prove that the proposed method could improve the accuracy of the neutron diffusion equation for analyzing nuclear reactors. Neutron diffusion is the fastest and easiest method in nuclear reactor simulation, but its accuracy is quite low. It is hoped that with the research results presented by Rizki, the nuclear reactor design process can be carried out quickly with high accuracy so that a nuclear reactor design with optimal performance and a high level of safety will be produced in the future.
Hopefully, the awards won by Muhammad Rizki Oktavian, S.T., M.S.E. can be trigger to produce other quality research works. Also, these awards can motivate students and researchers in Indonesia, especially in the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, to continue to achieve higher at the international level.