HFICD Newsletter

Save the Date: 13th NPIC-HMIT Conference

July 15-21, 2023

We are excited to announce to the members of the HFICD information regarding the 2023 Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control and Human-Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC & HMIT) Conference.  Building on the success of the virtual conference in June 2021, the next NPIC & HMIT will be a combined topical meeting with the 18th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis Meeting (PSA 2023). Please mark your calendars now, and join us in Knoxville, Tennessee July 15 thru 21, 2023. As a member of this division, please consider submitting a paper on your efforts in our field. We encourage you to be a part of this experience, and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Newsletter Overview

Hello, HFICD Members,

Fall is in the air! Here in Knoxville, TN the leaves are changing, the temperatures are dropping, and the heat is kicking on (which makes me extra thankful for low cost, reliable, nuclear power). For the ANS Human Factors, Instrumentation & Control Division (HFICD) this Fall, there is a ton of behind-the-scenes work going on as we prepare for the 2023 Nuclear Plant Instrumentation, Control, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies (NPIC-HMIT) conference that will be held in Knoxville next Summer. Panels are being put together, abstracts are being written, and plans are being made to make this NPIC & HMIT the best one yet! If you missed the “call for papers” announcement, we have attached a copy at the end of the newsletter, and you still have until November 18th to get your abstracts submitted. In other news, the Division is pleased to congratulate all of our 2022 award winners, with Dr. Imre and Maria Pázsit  winning the Don Miller Award, Dr. Leo Fifield winning the H.M. Hashemian Mid-Career Award, and Dr. Dianne Bull Ezell winning the Ted Quinn Early-Career Award. These winners are all immensely qualified and have made significant contributions to our field.

Additionally, this newsletter is highlighting a very interesting paper from this year’s Annual Meeting written by three individuals from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2021 the NIST Center for Neutron Research National Bureau of Standards Reactor (NBSR) experienced a fuel failure during startup, and this paper describes the development of a Linear Nuclear Channel Noise Detection System that can help detect similar issues in the future. Special thanks to Anil Gurgen, Dagistan Sahin, and Osman Sahin Celikten for their work in this area.

The Young Member Spotlight continues in this issue with Jinding Xing, who is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. Please continue to encourage and look out for the many young members of our division who do valuable work in this field. I hope to see many of you at the ANS Winter Meeting in Phoenix here in just a few weeks, and I hope that you enjoy the newsletter!

Thank you for being a part of HFICD!

Best Regards,

Adam Deatherage
AMS Corporation
HFICD Communications Committee Chair

Congratulations to the 2023 Division Award Winners:

Don Miller Awards:
David Desaulniers

H.M. Hashemian Mid-Career Award:
Pradeep Ramuhalli

Ted Quinn Early-Career Award:
Padhraic Mulligan

Uhrig Fellow:
Jinding Xing