Lucas Dull

The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship Award

Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA) and Savannah River Remediation (SRR) announced University of South Carolina (USC) student Lucas Dull as the winner of the 2018 Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by SRR, the liquid waste contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Dull, who is from Cincinnati OH, is a mechanical engineering student at USC. Additionally, he will be minoring in Nuclear Engineering next year. CNTA Chairman Jim Marra said CNTA is proud to award this $5,000 scholarship to such a deserving and passionate student.

"Lucas' academic and research achievements, experience in the nuclear field, and his motivation to change the nuclear scenery in our country, set him apart from the distinguished set of applications we received," Marra said. "He is exemplary of the kind of young, energetic students we need to sustain the nuclear industry into the future."

Dull is currently a mechanical engineering support intern at the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility at SRS. In this role, he assists with evaluation of piping clearance issues for quality inspection. At school, he has conducted research opportunities in the field of spent nuclear fuel drying.

Dull is aiming for a career in low-carbon energy to help solve the growing energy crisis. He has a passion to help bridge the gap between nuclear research and nuclear application.

"We as nuclear scientists and engineers need to educate the public on the benefits of nuclear power and solidify a plan for the future of safe nuclear facilities," Dull said. "By expanding on my lab and on-site work, I hope to address the quality concerns that cause roadblocks in nuclear construction."

The Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship is a joint project of CNTA and SRR. Maher, Vice President and General Manager for Strategic Mission Development at SRS, passed away in 2002 after a 48-year career at the Site. A visionary with a broad view of the Site's potential, Maher helped shape SRS.

The annual scholarship was established in Maher's memory to support students pursuing science and engineering degrees in preparation for careers in the nuclear field. The recipient is recognized at the annual Edward Teller Lecture/Banquet.

CNTA is an Aiken-based charitable educational organization dedicated to providing factual information about nuclear topics and educating the public on nuclear issues. For further information, call CNTA at 803-649-3456 or e-mail at

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