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Statistics Ph.D. student Gustavo Varela-Alvarenga, who recently completed a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI), is featured in a profile article on the website of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Varela-Alvarenga is advised by ISR-affiliated Professor Benjamin Kedem (Math).

In summer 2019, Varela-Alvarenga spent 10 weeks at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., researching methods to simulate new compositions of alloys that would allow them to withstand these necessary changes for use in fossil fuel energy systems. There he joined the Reactor Materials and Mechanical Design group and conducted research in support of the Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy eXtreme MATerials project.

The MSGI program provides hands-on research opportunities for mathematical sciences doctoral students in nonacademic settings at national laboratories, industries and other facilities. It is funded by NSF and administered through ORISE, part of the U.S. Department of Energy. ORISE is managed for DOE by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Learn more about Varela-Alvarenga and his experiences in the MSGI program.



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January 4, 2021


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