On November 25, 2021, the final of the first national competition among students of the country’s leading universities – Nucleathon “WiN for WiNners!” was held.
The event was opened by Jennie Gromoll, Senior Adviser, United States Department, and Andrea Bahrata, WiN Global Youth Development Program Manager. Jennie Gromoll spoke about interesting initiatives implemented by and with the support of US Department of State. Among them: professional training (CNS Visiting Fellows Program, VCDNP “Course on Disarmament and Nonproliferation”, Washington Nonproliferation Program), as well as activities to promote the exchange of experience and expand the range of business contacts (US-Black Sea WMD Nonproliferation Professional Exchange, WiN Ukraine Establishment / Sustainment and Annual Conferences, Odessa Center for Nonproliferation Summer and Winter School).
Andrea Bahrata, in turn, presented the opportunities and initiatives for young professionals and nuclear scientists provided by WiN Global Young Generation.
During the evening, the participants of the teams “Highly Active”, “IzoTOP”, “S&S”, “Atomic Solyanka” and “Nuclear Defenders” presented their vision of solving complex but interesting tasks, which were divided between them by drawing lots the day before.
According to the evaluation results, the “Nuclear Defenders” team consisting of Maksym Dzerun, Kateryna Sova, Kateryna Haidachenko, Anastasia Sahatska, Valeria Bilokon, Kateryna Alexandrova and Diana Mykhailova-Kasia won the first national student Nucleathon with a score of 432 points.
The “IzoTOP” team consisting of Dmytro Leichenko, Oleksiy Myronenko, Tetyana Mokroborodova, Oleksandra Khomyshyn, Anna Korsun, Dana Levinson and Olga Zavidovska received the Audience Award for the creative and interesting presentation.
Members of the winning team received valuable prizes and certificates. And the representative of the “Highly Active” team Olga Soroka for her interesting and informative report received a special prize from one of the members of the jury – Svitlana Kulchytska.
The results of Nucleathon were announced by the President of WiN Ukraine Margaryta Rayets, who addressed the participants with the words: “Today you are all winners, because you are all involved in the field of nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is our future, clean energy, that will help to overcome climate change, and you, dear participants, are its Ambassadors.”
During the jury meeting, the participants shared their thoughts and impressions about the participating in Nucleathon and answered questions from the audience.
Anastasia Nechytaylo, Vice President of WiN Ukraine, congratulated all the participants of the competition and gave students good advice: “It doesn’t matter what education you get. The main thing is to choose a profession that you will like, a matter of your soul.”
The results of the students’ work, led by the President of WiN Ukraine Margaryta Rayets, were evaluated by:
Oleg Bezshiyko – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Nuclear Physics Department, Faculty of Physics, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;
Tymofiy Bibik – Associate Professor of Nuclear Power Plants and Engineering Thermophysics, Faculty of Thermal Power Engineering, National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after Igor Sikorsky, Leading expert of WIN Ukraine;
Vladyslav Borzenkov – Head of Financial Support for Physical Protection of Nuclear Installations and Nuclear Materials at “Energoatom”, Leading expert of WIN Ukraine;
Olga Dorozh – Associate Professor of Nuclear Power Plants, Institute of Energy and Computer-Integrated Control Systems, Deputy Head of the Testing Center “Ecology” at the National University “Odessa Polytechnic”, Head of the Laboratory for Ion Exchange Materials Research;
Tetyana Maihruk-Tkach – Candidate of Political Science, Assistant of the Department of International Organizations and Diplomatic Service of the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv;
Iryna Maksymenko – Candidate of Political Science, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations, Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology, II Mechnikov Odessa National University;
Phylyp Kuznetsov – Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Nuclear Physics and High Energies named after OI Akhiezer, Educational and Scientific Institute “Faculty of Physics and Technology”;
Svitlana Kulchytska – Deputy Director of the Department of Nuclear Energy and Atomic Industry; Head of the Department of Production Activities of the Uranium Mining Industry and Management of Radioactive Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, Leading expert of WIN Ukraine;
Ivan Ostapenko – Assistant Professor of Nuclear Power Plants and Engineering Thermophysics, Faculty of Thermal Power Engineering, National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after Igor Sikorsky, Leading expert of WIN Ukraine;
Tetyana Rymar – Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Thermal Power, Thermal and Nuclear Power Plants of the Institute of Energy and Control Systems from the National University “Lviv Polytechnic”;
Alyona Samsonenko – Leading Engineer of the Training Center for Physical Protection, Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials named after George Kuzmych Institute of Nuclear Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Leading expert of WIN Ukraine;
Polina Sinovets – Candidate of Political Science, Associate Professor of the Department of International Relations, Faculty of International Relations, Political Science and Sociology, II Mechnikov Odessa National University; Head of the Odessa Center for Nonproliferation of Odessa II Mechnikov National University;
Artem Stavenko – Leading Radiation Safety Engineer of the Radiation Safety Department of SE “Isotop”;
Hanna Shepel – Assistant Professor of Descriptive Geometry, Engineering and Computer Graphics, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics, National Technical University of Ukraine, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute named after Igor Sikorsky, Manager of Youth Generation Program WIN Ukraine.
Congratulations to our winners and everyone who joined Nucleathon. Remember, that the experience gained, new interesting acquaintances and a lot of useful information are no less precious prizes, that are always worth participating.