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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.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 53 | Number 4 | May 2008 | Pages 1217-1223
Technical Paper | Special Issue on Joint European Torus (jet) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1751
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JET is the machine whose parameters are the closest to those of ITER and at present the only one that can use tritium and beryllium. JET can make essential contributions to ITER with regard to qualifying ITER scenarios at low normalized Larmor radius, consolidating the ITER design choice for plasma-facing components and heating systems, developing control tools and techniques, and providing a basic understanding of plasma dynamics. Consequently, an enhancement program has been launched that will be completed in 2010. A deuterium-tritium experiment should be envisaged, after testing of the ITER-like wall, to allow extrapolation of the scenarios to ITER-relevant conditions. JET will be the ideal machine where the collaboration among the scientists of the various ITER parties could be started in advance of ITER operations.