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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.
A. Kasugai, R. Minami, K. Takahashi, N. Kobayashi, T. Kariya, Y. Mitsunaka, K. Sakamoto (21R05)
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 2 | February 2007 | Pages 213-216
Technical Paper | Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1353
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The 170 GHz gyrotron for ITER demonstrated the stable and steady state 1000s operation with the output power of 0.6 MW and the efficiency of 45% by depressed collector. The remarkable progress was obtained with optimization of a built-in launcher and mirrors for significant reduction of the stray radiation to ~2% of the output power, improvement of electron beam quality for high oscillation efficiency and control of constant beam current for stable oscillation. The result indicates a promising prospect for development of a 1 MW-CW-50%, 170 GHz ITER gyrotron.