FRIB's Nusair Hasan receives 2022 Roger W. Boom Award

The Cryogenic Society of America (CSA) has awarded Nusair Hasan, cryogenics staff engineer at FRIB, with the 2022 Roger W. Boom Award.

CSA’s Roger W. Boom Award is given “to a young professional (under 40 years of age) who shows promise for making significant contributions to the fields of cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity.”

“I am very excited and overwhelmed with gratitude to have been chosen as the 2022 Roger W. Boom Award recipient,” said Hasan. “At the same time, I am grateful to my mentors and colleagues at FRIB for the support I have received from them in accomplishing the recent projects.”

At FRIB, Hasan is responsible for the process design of the cryogenic sub-systems and superconducting magnets in FRIB’s Experimental Systems Division. He graduated from Drexel University with a PhD in mechanical engineering. He worked at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility for three and half years as a cryogenics process engineer, where he was responsible for process design and operation of the facility’s several cryogenic systems and sub-systems. Hasan has over 10 years of experience in teaching and research relating thermal systems and cryogenics, working at various institutions including Drexel University and at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. 

“This award demonstrates the impact Nusair has made in the cryogenics field, and the laboratory and the university both benefit from his expertise and dedication,” said FRIB Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher. “Congratulations to Nusair for this great honor.”

Hasan’s time at FRIB has allowed him to work on several innovative and novel concepts—such as a freeze-out helium purifier, superconducting magnet cool-down heat exchangers, and a quench energy management dewar—with a focus toward helium preservation. Some of these concepts have already been realized into hardware, characterized, and are integrated to the FRIB cryogenic system. He hopes these concepts will soon be widely adopted for helium preservation.

Hasan said FRIB’s large-scale cryogenics infrastructure and its central location within the MSU campus provide unique opportunities for both teaching and conducting research.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with students, share my knowledge with fresher minds, and brainstorm new concepts,” he said. “I have been involved in teaching and serving as research advisor to students through the MSU Cryogenic Initiative. I hope to be able to keep contributing and help grow the cryogenics research and development program we have at FRIB.”

CSA presented Hasan with his award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) award ceremony on 24 October.

Michigan State University (MSU) operates the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) as a user facility for the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), supporting the mission of the DOE-SC Office of Nuclear Physics. Hosting what is designed to be the most powerful heavy-ion accelerator, FRIB enables scientists to make discoveries about the properties of rare isotopes in order to better understand the physics of nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, fundamental interactions, and applications for society, including in medicine, homeland security, and industry.

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