Graduate student awarded 2015 GEM PhD Fellowship


Luis Ocampo Giraldo, a third year doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering, received a 2015 GEM PhD Fellowship. The fellowship will provide him with full tuition and a stipend to complete his graduate work at Penn State as well as a paid summer internship. His internship with Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer is in the area of nuclear security.

“Receiving this fellowship has enabled me to further establish a partnership with the Brookhaven National Laboratory to work on nuclear security and radiation detection, which has been a passion of mine since I returned to graduate school,” said Ocampo.

Ocampo is working on his doctoral research under his adviser Kenan Ünlü, professor of nuclear engineering. His research focuses on the design, testing, and implementation of novel radiation detectors for nuclear security and safeguards.

The National GEM Consortium (GEM) is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.


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Shea Bracken

Luis Ocampo Giraldo

Luis Ocampo Giraldo (right) with adviser Kenan Ünlü.



The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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