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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. E. H. Clark, A. Malaquias, G. Mank, A. L. Nichols (17R02)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 7-10
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1304
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has long been involved in the technical support of fusion energy research. Most of the technical activities take place under the guidance of the International Fusion Research Council (IFRC) and the Subcommittee on Atomic and Molecular (A+M) physics. A number of activities are supported by the IAEA to encourage research in fusion energy related to confinement concepts, including ITER. The IAEA also sponsors the exchange of scientific and technical information through the biennial Fusion Energy Conference, which first held in 1961. A dedicated set of nuclear data files for fusion applications has recently been updated - FENDL-2.1 is available on request and can be downloaded from the Internet. Furthermore, significant quantities of A+M data are compiled to assist in plasma modelling and diagnostics. Access to these data is generally available through the Internet. Results from the various fusion research projects are published in a variety of formats, including books and Agency journals.