Webinar Bincang Karya or BIANKA 29 – Engineering (Industry, Chemichal, Nuclear) & Radiological Sciences

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Latest Research in Industrial, Chemical, Nuclear Engineering and Radiology Sciences presented by Indonesian Students in USA at the Bincang Karya (Bianka) Webinar

Three Indonesian students in the USA were invited to present their latest research at the Bincang Karya (Bianka) Webinar on Tuesday (03/05). The event was conducted by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC with the theme of Industrial, Chemical, and Nuclear Engineering and Radiology.

One of the guests, Dwi Larso, Director of Scholarships of the Indonesia Endowment Funds for Education (LPDP), Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia underlined, “To increase the number of human resources in the field of Engineering, LPDP committed to continuing to provide master and doctoral scholarships in engineering to continue their studies abroad.”

On a separate occasion, the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States stated, “Engineering education is not only in civil, environmental, electrical, and mechanical fields; but also develops in the fields of chemistry and nuclear as well as radiology. It is very important to provide education about technology in the fields of chemistry, nuclear, and radiology from universities to the younger generation, including in Indonesia, so that they can see the results of the application of such knowledge, including nuclear as one of the future energy sources that can bring great benefits.”

Ambassador Rosan emphasized, “Nuclear engineering is one of the important fields of study offered by universities to develop human resource competencies for human welfare, through safe use.”

Alexander Agung, Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, Universitas Gadjah Mada led this series of webinars.

Muhammad Fiji, a doctoral student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Huston, explained his research on Zeolite material. “The purpose of my research is to understand and investigate how to synthesize and design Zeolite and control its properties such as structure, size, composition, and morphology because these properties are the driving force and determine the efficiency effect of Zeolite as a catalyst in various chemical reactions,” explained Fiji.

Muhammad Rizki Oktavian, a Ph.D. student in the Nuclear Engineering program at Purdue University, presented his research projects namely the Sodium-Cooled Fast reactor. “It’s an advanced generation reactor that uses sodium as the coolant. So, we don’t use water because usually the reactor is cooled by water,” said Rizki.

It was explained that the advantage of this reactor was it could be used as a breeding reactor. He said that from the operation of the reactor, new fuel could be produced so that it could be used for the next operation and the reactor could also use the spent fuel from other reactors.

Meanwhile, Harun Ardiansyah, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explained his research on Power Reactor Noise Analysis. 

“This research examines how to detect noise in a nuclear reactor and one of the things we can do is to install a detector and simulate noise in the nuclear reactor. The noise here means fluctuation and I’m curious about the actual impact of these fluctuations, which occur in all types of machines, including Nuclear Power Plants, and how they affect advanced reactors,” explained Harun.

Suresh Khator, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Computing Facilities, Cullen College of Engineering, Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston explained the program in the fields of Materials Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Data Science, and Engineering. The program is supported by Presidents/Executive Vice Presidents from companies such as ExxonMobil, Halliburton, BP America, Shell International, Chevron, and so on.

On the other hand, Seungjin Kim, Capt. James F McCarthy, Jr. and Cheryl E. McCarthy, Head of the School of Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University informed stated that Purdue University has a Reactor (PUR-1) as the first and only 100% digitally licensed I&C research reactor in the US. The reactor serves as a unique cyber-physical testing ground for new digital technologies to address cybersecurity and data sharing issues.

Rizwan Uddin, Head of the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explained that his institution focused on several research fields such as Nuclear Power, Plasma/Fusion, Materials Science, Risk/reliability/Safety, and Radiological Application. 

Popy Rufaidah, the Educational and Cultural Attaché (Atdikbud) in Washington DC said, “The purpose of this event is to increase the number of Indonesian students in the United States and to increase the potential research collaborations between researchers in Indonesia and the United States in the field of Nuclear and Chemical Engineering,” said Atdikbud Popy.

For information, the recording of the live broadcast of the 29th Series of Bincang Karya (BIANKA) webinar in the field of Nuclear and Chemical Engineering can be accessed on the official Facebook page of Atdikbud USA with the link https://bit.ly/fb-watch-bianka29

 

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