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Keoni Sanny recognized for energy policy research paper

Keoni Sanny, a 4th year student majoring in civil engineering, was recently named a winner of an Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Award. The awards are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Technology R&D. As part of his research, Keoni created a comprehensive model and assessed the reliability of a French nuclear power plant's emergency power supply system (EPSS), which feeds critical components such as reactor coolant pumps when normal power supply becomes unavailable. Using software  and modeling tools such as Python and PyCATSHOO, Keoni created models that indicated the plant's EPSS was, in his words, "quite safe!"

Keoni, who grew up in Shoreview, Minnesota, conducted his study as part of ongoing research in Dr. Abdollah Shafieezadeh's Risk Assessment and Management of Structural and Infrastructure Systems (RAMSIS) Lab. As he works toward graduation in May, 2020, Keoni is actively pursuing a minor in Nuclear Engineering. He currently serves as the vice president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ohio State student chapter and is also a member of the student chapters of Structural Engineers Association of Ohio as well the American Nuclear Society. Read the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D press release that announces Keoni's achievement.