Awards and Recognition
Derek Kultgen serves as the lead engineer for the Mechanisms Engineering Test Loop (METL) at Argonne National Laboratory, designing equipment to be used in a molten sodium environment, developing experiments for testing next-generation nuclear reactor equipment, writing a data acquisition and control program, and reporting project progress to the Department of Energy, among other duties.
“Former classmates and I reminisce about Purdue, and one topic that always surfaces is how great the faculty is,” Kultgen says. “Professor Bill Hutzel’s thermodynamics and heat transfer course is where my passion for energy production and efficiency stemmed from. His...