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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.
Ichiro Yamamoto, Takeo Nishitani, Akio Sagara
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 52 | Number 3 | October 2007 | Pages 347-356
Technical Paper | The Technology of Fusion Energy - Overview | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST07-A1513
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For ITER, trial fabrications of a superconducting cable for a Toroidal Field coil conductor and jacket sections for a central solenoid conductor were successfully performed. In the radio-frequency heating technology, development of 170 GHz ITER gyrotron has progressed to achieve a 600 kW for 3600 sec operation in JAEA RF test stand. In LHD, long-pulse operations near 1 hour with 1.6 GJ inputs have been achieved with ICH and ECH, and subcooled operations of SC magnets to improve cryogenic stability are scheduled soon. In the ITER Test Blanket Modules project, Japan has a plan to lead a water cooled ceramic breeder blanket concept, and to cooperate with other parties on other blanket concepts, such as, a helium cooled ceramic breeder blanket, a LiPb blanket, a Li/V blanket, and a molten salt blanket. As the Broader Approach activities between Europe and Japan, ITER satellite tokamak, JT-60SA, IFMIF-EVEDA and the International Fusion Energy Research Center programs will start soon in Naka and Rokkasho, respectively. Basic researches on broad areas have been enhanced with collaborations in the Fusion Engineering Network among Japanese universities and research institutes.