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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.
D. T. Frey, N. B. Alexander, A. S. Bozek, D. T. Goodin, R. W. Stemke, T. J. Drake, D. Bitner
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 51 | Number 4 | May 2007 | Pages 786-790
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1480
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The High Average Power Laser (HAPL) Program is a national program to develop Inertial Fusion Energy with lasers (http://aries.ucsd.edu/HAPL/), direct drive targets and solid wall chambers. General Atomics is currently constructing and will operate a Mass Production Layering Experiment (MPLX) System. The MPLX System will demonstrate the filling and layering of approximately 700 plastic spherical targets (4 mm diameter plastic shells) simultaneously in a fluidized bed as a batch process in less than a day. In addition the system will be able to characterize a single deuterium filled and layered cryogenically-cooled target. This paper details hardware being developed and tested for the building of this system.