Rita Patel

Rita Patel is a PhD graduate student and Nuclear Energy University Programs Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh studying Mechanical Engineering under the advising of Dr. Mark Kimber. Her current research is within the field of thermal hydraulics and focuses on improved heat transfer properties during nucleate boiling of nanofluids.

Currently, Rita is an intern with the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory investigating the effect of non-uniform power profiles on the statistical uncertainty of RELAP5 analysis under the advising of Dr. David Aumiller and Dr. Frank Buschman. She has previously interned at the Forschungszentrum Research Center in J├╝lich, Germany and Lockheed Martin Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland. At FZJ, she studied the effect of high-temperature vapor environments on sigma transformation in ferritic alloys. Rita also spent a summer studying case law and creating office actions for the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office within the field of semiconductors.

Rita graduated with her bachelors and masters in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2012 and April 2014 respectively. For her masters at Pitt, she conducted research in the field of high temperature corrosion under the advising of Dr. Gerald Meier.

Rita is an active member of the American Nuclear Society both locally and nationally. She helped found the Pitt Student Section in April of 2012 and since then has served as President, Secretary, and Executive-at-Large. She has also been involved with the Pittsburgh local section as an Executive-at-Large and most recently as Vice Chair. Currently, Rita serves as a Membership committee member as well as student program chair for the upcoming DES 2016 Topical Meeting. Outside of school Rita enjoys running, baking, and playing Quidditch.