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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.
Robert D. Day, Paul M. Brooks, Randall L. Edwards, Felix P. Garcia, Gary P. Grim, Arthur Nobile, Jr., Derek W. Schmidt, Ronald C. Snow, Adelaida C. Valdez
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 776-781
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1478
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Neutron imaging diagnostics are needed for understanding the principles of fusion ignition. Current experiments on the University of Rochester OMEGA laser facility and future experiments at the NIF require a new level of complexity in neutron diagnostics that has not yet been achieved. Previous shots have fielded a one dimensional pinhole array to gather an image of a sphere's neutron emission during the implosion. This one dimensional pinhole array that consisted of two pinholes on a plane was a challenging manufacturing task and was a substantial accomplishment for its time. Future neutron imaging diagnostics will require a two dimensional pinhole array to gather a more comprehensive set of data. This two dimensional pinhole array, consisting of 3 pinholes one three planes to form a 3x3 array of pinholes, added a new level of complexity to the manufacturability. A method for fabricating this pinhole array was developed and the finished instrument was fielded in July and October 2006. This paper describes the fabrication process to producing this pinhole array and shows some of the early data taken with it at the Omega facility.