Re-imagining Nuclear Waste: Campfire Ep. 4


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5 graduate students from the University of Michigan entered a grand challenge to find a practical use for nuclear waste, and here is the winning idea that won them $17,000.

Anya, Jacob, Luyao, Aniket, and Marianna make up the SustainiUM team. They join us on this episode of our campfire series to discuss their solution to creating a viable product/service utilizing nuclear waste. The solution that won them the competition was to use the heat generated from spent nuclear fuel to process sewage sludge and transform it into sustainable biomass.

In this conversation we explore their team dynamics, the motivations behind entering the competition, why they decided on their winning entry, and how balancing technology and policy was key in completing the competition.


Connect with the team on SustainiUM LinkedIn

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Marianna Coulentianos (Absent from the interview) -

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Aniket Yadav -


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