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April 8–10, 2021
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NC State celebrates 70 years of nuclear engineering education
An early picture of the research reactor building on the North Carolina State University campus. The Department of Nuclear Engineering is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its nuclear engineering curriculum in 2020–2021. Photo: North Carolina State University
The Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University has spent the 2020–2021 academic year celebrating the 70th anniversary of its becoming the first U.S. university to establish a nuclear engineering curriculum. It started in 1950, when Clifford Beck, then of Oak Ridge, Tenn., obtained support from NC State’s dean of engineering, Harold Lampe, to build the nation’s first university nuclear reactor and, in conjunction, establish an educational curriculum dedicated to nuclear engineering.
The department, host to the 2021 ANS Virtual Student Conference, scheduled for April 8–10, now features 23 tenure/tenure-track faculty and three research faculty members. “What a journey for the first nuclear engineering curriculum in the nation,” said Kostadin Ivanov, professor and department head.
Wednesday, February 10, 2021|12:00–1:45PM (1:00–2:45PM EST)
Michael L. Marler
David W. Helling
The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) launched the Nuclear Education, Skills, and Technology Framework in February 2019 with the aim to address the concerns of the NEA Member Countries about the potential loss of knowledge due to the retirement of the current workforce and consequently the need to transfer this knowledge to the young generation.
The NEST Framework is a multilateral initiative that, through international collaborative research projects, trains and facilitates the skills development and training of the next generation of nuclear professionals and thus nurtures the next generation of nuclear leaders.
NEST helps countries to leverage resources and address short- and long-term educational and research needs through:
• Developing training activities in challenging nuclear projects;
• Building a talent pipeline from universities to industry and regulators by preparing the workforce with the skills and competencies specific to the nuclear sector;
• Building long-lasting partnerships between universities, industries and with all nuclear stakeholders to create a global nuclear network of fellows, mentors and organisations.
This panel will present the results of the first year of the NEST Framework Activities and Projects.
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