Brandon Shaver is an engineering science Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering (MABE). Mr. Shaver completed his B.S. and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Tennessee in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
His Ph.D. research interests involve exploring the role of microstructure and non-stoichiometry on the semiconducting properties of uranium oxides, specifically uranium dioxide. This material is ubiquitous as a nuclear fuel but could exhibit promising electrical properties for solid-state applications such as neutron detection. Improving our understanding of the structure-property relationship of uranium oxides is required for such applications to be viable. Mr. Shaver also has an interest in space-related research topics and has recently been involved with work testing the mechanical properties of asteroid regolith simulant materials on a project supported by NASA.
In the previous year, Mr. Shaver has presented his work at the 2018 Society of Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) conference and at the Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Applications (SORMA). He is anticipating completion of his dissertation in the fall of 2018.