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SAFE Program PhD Student Selected for Fulbright Award

This year, SAFE Program and Cardiff University PhD Student Miss Marina Kovaleva will be travelling to the US to continue her project in modelling ammonia-hydrogen combustors for gas turbine applications. Her 4-month trip to Sandia National Laboratories, California will be funded by the UK-US Fulbright Scholarship Global Wales Award.


The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most prestigious cultural and academic exchange programs, with a focus on projects that can nurture collaboration between the UK and US, while embracing education, inclusivity, and entrepreneurial spirit.


With an annual budget of $3.6 billion, Sandia National Laboratories is one of the three US federal agency National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) research and development laboratories, investigating a wide variety of topics in engineering, physics, maths, and computer science. Marina’s project at Sandia will be supported by the Centre for Exascale Simulation of Combustion in Turbulence (ExaCT) and provide novel modelling resources to the topic of ammonia-hydrogen combustion.


Dr Agustin Valera-Medina, Principal Investigator of the SAFE project, helped guide Marina through the application process. He hopes that this collaboration can combine the world-leading advances in ammonia combustion from the SAFE program with Sandia’s historic specialty in numerical modelling and high-performance computing.

Sandia National Laboratories. A destination for science and research.
After a fierce competition, several interviews and research proposals, Miss Kovaleva´s unique project approach to the study of ammonia/hydrogen combustion awarded her this opportunity to develop novel CFD models using some of the best computational resources worldwide.



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