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PNL President Named One of Wisconsin’s Top 40 Executives Under 40

March 11th, 2010 | Filed under: News

For 33-year-old Greg Piefer, president of Phoenix Nuclear Labs, it’s heady stuff to manage a young company that’s developing nuclear technology for applications in health care, homeland security, and aviation. He’s always been fascinated by science, but his passion for nuclear fusion began with a UW-Madison class taught by Apollo astronaut Harrison Schmitt, an adjunct professor of engineering, and Gerald Kulcinski, a professor of nuclear engineering.

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Neutrons for Military and Medical Imaging

September 21st, 2009 | Filed under: News

A huge cannon shell or mortar is supposed to explode on target, not as it leaves its barrel. But if its explosive charge isn’t situated in just the right spot, the weapon could detonate at firing — wounding troops or worse. The problem: Quality control — confirming the correct positioning of a charge after a shell has been manufactured — remains challenging at best. Munitions makers would like to have the equivalent of X-rays to peer inside and confirm a charge is where it belongs.

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Madison Firms Vie for NASA Technology Programs

November 21st, 2005 | Filed under: News

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has approved the negotiating of contracts with three Madison firms among 340 firms vying for work under Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer research proposals. The small business innovative (SBIR) projects have a total value of approximately $21 million; technology transfer (STTR) projects have a total value of approximately $4 million.

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