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Student Design Competition


Established in 1975 and administered by the Education, Training, Workforce and Development Division (ETWDD), the competition is intended to promote excellence in the design aspect of nuclear engineering education in the universities. A key feature of the program is industry participation in the judging of the annual design problem.

Selection Method

Any university is eligible to submit solutions to nuclear engineering design problems, but participants must have a university affiliation and a faculty member as an advisor. Each university must review solutions by its students and select the best from each category (Graduate and Undergraduate) for submission. Four finalist teams will be selected for presentation at the Winter Meeting. Graduate and undergraduate teams will be evaluated in the same competition. A maximum of two Graduate Finalist teams will be selected.

A call for submission of nuclear engineering related design problems is issued by March, the intent to participate, the 450 to 900-word summary, and the report are due in June.

Nomination Deadline:

Monetary Award:
ANS Transactions summaries are due June 26, 2020.
Intent form and final design reports are due June 26, 2020

Winter Meeting
Financial Travel Assistance

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