Brenizer Receives American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation


By Shea Bracken

Jack Brenizer, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, will receive the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Presidential Citation. The award recognizes his dedication and extensive service to ANS.

Specifically, ANS will honor Brenizer for leading the ANS Finance Committee to investigate and understand the ANS investment strategy and performance. These efforts have been central to ANS efforts to preserve and grow assets necessary for important outreach and scholarship work vital to the society’s ongoing mission.

The Presidential Citation is awarded to people who have demonstrated outstanding effort in some manner for the benefit of ANS or the nuclear community. The president of ANS determines the awardees.

Brenizer joined Penn State as a professor in 1999. His research focuses on radiation detection, neutron radiography, neutron activation analysis and nuclear test ban treaty monitoring aerogel materials.

Brenizer’s awards for his research and service include being named a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in 2009 and receiving the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and receiving the ASTM E7 Charles W. Briggs Award in 1997.

ANS will present Brenizer with the award at the ANS winter meeting on Nov. 9 in Washington.


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Shea Bracken

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Jack Brenizer will receive the American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation.



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