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WSU Students Help Keep Nuclear Material Safe With PNNL

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RICHLAND, WA. -- Mechanical engineering students from WSU Pullman dropped off some pretty cool projects at the Tri-Cities campus for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

These two metal structures are going to be used by scientists as a prototype to help protect the country's nuclear material. It's pretty confusing, but basically these two prototypes will help make sure that nuclear material isn't tampered with. Students spent the last couple months developing the technology and working alongside PNNL. 

"A lot of your schooling, you feel like it's just, nothing is really making a difference," Jack Crienen, a senior mechanical student said. "But with this, it's actually going to be used somewhere in a real world application. So it makes me feel like I have some sort of impact on the world. Especially going into a job later on."

"It's really exciting to work with students because they have all these new ideas and they have experience the with the new, latest and greatest technologies and capabilities that are out there," Leesa Duckworth from PNNL said. 

The projects will be put to immediate use in a lab, later this month.