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Patrick Williams

“Because of the different types of training provided through this program, I believe that any Grand Challenge Scholar’s Student will be a highly motivated and multifaceted student capable of taking on large problems because they have the different tools and skills necessary. This program is a huge benefit to both the students and university it serves.”

Major: Nuclear Engineering

Theme: Nuclear Security

Research Experience

Williams assisted in developing a new cascade model and theory for nuclear security at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The dissertation that Williams took part in, under the direction of David Vermillion, “Improving Predictive Capabilities of Classical Cascade Theory for Nonproliferation Analysis” could be incorporated into a model to make an extremely high-resolution gas centrifuge cascade analysis tool.

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • PHIL 107 – Honors Philosophy
  • PHIL 252 – Contemporary Moral Problems


  • EF 130 – Survey/Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • ME 457 – Engineering Entrepreneurship

Global Experiences

  • Williams attended an international research trip to Prague where he was able to visit many different parts of the nuclear fuel cycle.

Service Learning

  • Helped tutor and mentor fourth-grade students at a local elementary school.

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