The Science of Extreme Environments Research Institute (SEERI) provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain experience in the areas of radiation effects sciences, pulsed-power engineering, and high-energy density sciences. Students work directly with Sandia scientists and engineers to conduct research on a focused project.
Potential projects available for student interns include:
- Modeling and simulation support of high-pressure shock physics or laboratory magnetic field applications
- Modeling and simulation support of radiation transport applications using both discrete ordinate and Monte Carlo methods.
- Code development and support for modeling and simulation activities.
- Development or evaluation of a large magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) code
- Use of quantum molecular dynamics codes based on density functional theory
- Modeling radiation interactions in semiconductor devices such as diodes, bipolar transistors, and field effect transistors
- Development and application of a broad range of experimental tools to assess the performance of materials nd electronics in severe radiation environments
- Dynamic consolidation of powders
Past SEERI student projects include:
- Radiation effects studies with ion photon emission microscopy
- Modeling a magnetically confined plasma
- Photonic Displacement Interferometry (PDI)
- Plutonium containment in the Z machine
- Spectral unfolding using processed pinhole images
- Implementation of new transport methods in a developing radiation transport code.
- Implementation of new features in a production radiation transport code.
The learning experience is supplemented with technical talks and tours to show students the broad range of engineering and scientific disciplines represented at Sandia.
Student Interns are provided the opportunity to present their work to their peers and the Sandia scientific community at the end of their summer term. In some cases students are provided the opportunity to present their work at professional conferences.
Greatest strengths of SEERI program according to participating student interns:
- Flexible research opportunities
- Opportunity to do challenging and interesting work that contributes to Sandia’s research program
- The presence of someone to talk with about my field of career opportunities
- Possibility of financial support for further education
- Ability to put classroom theory into workplace use
- Information on different projects that are occurring around Sandia that I didn’t know of otherwise
- Hands-on research and data collection experience
- Opportunity to learn theoretical background and see it in practice
- Real-world, mechanical engineering, and business experience