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Reality in the Nuclear Industry: Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Nuclear and Radiological Division Technical Session 1

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Nuclear and Radiological

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26.1308.1 - 26.1308.12



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Yaël-Alexandra Jackie Monereau Elyape Consulting, LLLP; University of Tennessee Orcid 16x16

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Yaël-Alexandra J. Monereau was born in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.S. degree in construction management from Southern Polytechnic State University and since then she has taken leave from a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and is presently teaching at a Harmon STEM School in Tampa, FL. Recently, teaming up with Prewitt Solutions, LLC., Yaël hopes to help develop STEM education amongst the generations.
From 2011 to 2013, she worked as a Product Analyst at Genuine Parts Company-Rayloc. Within the Genuine Parts Company-Rayloc division she teamed up with another engineer to headline the Disc Brake Pads portion of the business. Presently, she co-founded Elyape Consulting, LLLP., which specializes in infancy start-ups, with a higher priority given to local non-profits. Her research interests include augmented reality, construction, energy, user-computer interface, virtual reality, and virtual augmentation.
Ms. Monereau, is an active member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Through her tenure within these organizations she has served on the Board of Directors for NSBE, as well as multiple leadership roles throughout her undergraduate career with AGC and ASME.

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Reality in the Nuclear Industry: Augmented, Mixedand VirtualAbstract: In the Nuclear Engineering industry problem-solving and critical-thinking prior to entering into high risk situations are amongst the top skills needed by all employees. Employers expect both experienced and newer professionals to inherently possess the aforementioned areas of expertise. However, the traditional methods of education are becoming outdated in comparison to the continuous development of technology. Many of the lessons in the classroom are not being reformatted to incorporate more technology based support and thus leaving the education system behind the technology curve. It is widely known that when a learner is presented the opportunity to complete or visualize the work, there are portions of the brain engaged that allows for the user to be more receptive to retention. Training using virtual augmentation in classrooms and simulation labs would prove beneficial to not only enhance the learning outcomes but also to improve the efficiency of instruction. In the engineering community we are challenged with processing insurmountable amounts of data and often time this requirement of vast knowledge is met by frustration and confusion. Within the area of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) the focus is on the outcome and ensuring the path taken leads to a favorable conclusion. Currently, PRA is a study of numerical computations to predict the future resultants. This method does not necessarily prepare one for real-world failures. The goal of this work is to show how PRA combined with virtual augmentation methods can be used to improve the effectiveness of calculations and training. Introducing alternative reality to the curriculum will increase the amount of pre-disaster training and therefore better prepare those who are addressing situations in the field. Joint Projects Page 1

Monereau, Y. J. (2015, June), Reality in the Nuclear Industry: Augmented, Mixed, and Virtual Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24645

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