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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.
R. L. Boivin, J. L. Luxon, M. E. Austin, N. H. Brooks, K. H. Burrell, E. J. Doyle, M. E. Fenstermacher, D. S. Gray, M. Groth, C.-L. Hsieh, R. J. Jayakumar, G. R. McKee, C. J. Lasnier, A. W. Leonard, R. A. Moyer, T. L. Rhodes, J. C. Rost, D. L. Rudakov, M. J. Schaffer, E. J. Strait, D. M. Thomas, M. Van Zeeland, J. G. Watkins, G. W. Watson, W. P. West, C. P. C. Wong
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 48 | Number 2 | October 2005 | Pages 834-851
Technical Paper | DIII-D Tokamak | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST05-A1043
Articles are hosted by Taylor and Francis Online.
The DIII-D tokamak, located at General Atomics in San Diego, California, has long been recognized as being one of the best diagnosed magnetic fusion experiments. Composed of more than 50 individual systems, the diagnostic set takes advantage of a high number of large-aperture access ports. These instruments are used in support of basic control of the tokamak and experiments in the transport, stability, boundary and heating, and current drive science areas. These systems have contributed to the success of the Advanced Tokamak program, in addition to the many contributions to our physics understanding and real-time control of fusion-relevant plasmas. Numerous novel techniques have been developed, tested, and fielded on DIII-D including new approaches required for a burning plasma experiment. Details of the diagnostic systems will be described along with some illustrative recent results.