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Alfred University graduate student receives three-year federal fellowship

Braeden Clark

Braeden Clark

Braeden Clark, who is working on his Ph.D. degree in materials science at the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is the recipient of a prestigious three-year fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Clark, who earned his B.S. degree from Alfred University in materials science, will receive $155,000 over three years through Nuclear University Education Program to complete his studies

Under S.K. Sundaram, Inamori Professor of Materials Science, Clark will be working on a project titled "Alternative High-Performance Ceramic Waste Forms." They are developing ceramic waste forms that are capable of storing more nuclear waste than current borosilicate waste forms.

Encouraged by his advisor to apply for the funding, Clark said he did so because he sees potential in the field. “I believe that nuclear energy will see a renaissance and become a viable and environmentally safe form of energy in the near future for meeting the needs of the United States and the world. I would like to continue to work on energy related problems for my career and this fellowship gives me a great opportunity to work on energy problems.

Clark, a resident of Olean and a graduate of Archbishop Walsh High School, said he chose Alfred University for his studies “because of Alfred's reputation as a great materials engineering university. After graduating, I decided to continue my education at Alfred's graduate school because of my experience as an undergraduate.”

Clark is the son of Matt and Lisa Clark of Olean, NY.