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Johnson Accelerated MBA (AMBA) student receives national recognition


Greg Schmidt, MBA '12 takes first prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards

Greg Schmidt, MBA '12, has been awarded a first place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards in the category of Used Fuel Disposition. His award-winning research paper, “Incorporating Actinide Sorption in Models of TRISO Repository Performance,” was presented at the International High-Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference in April 2011.

"I am very pleased and excited by this recognition of my research in nuclear energy and waste management," said Schmidt.  "So many pressing challenges the world faces today require more than just elegant technical solutions without thought given to implementation. I came to Johnson at Cornell University to learn the administrative, financial and business skills that will help me transform the theoretical visions behind so much research into reality. It has been great to find a community at Cornell that cares so much about finding real-world solutions to global problems."

Schmidt's research was performed and the paper was written while Schmidt was a master’s degree student in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. At Cornell University, Schmidt is enrolled in Johnson's Accelerated MBA (AMBA) program, which enables students to earn a Cornell University MBA from Johnson in only 15 months. 

The program awarded 26 prizes in 2011 for student publications and presentations relevant to the nuclear fuel cycle. In addition to cash awards, winning students will have a variety of other opportunities including presenting their winning publication during the American Nuclear Society Winter meeting, participating in an Innovators' Forum, and participating in the DOE Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies Annual Meeting.