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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.
Shinji Sugihara, Atsushi Hirose, Noriyuki Momoshima, Yonezo Maeda
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 54 | Number 1 | July 2008 | Pages 289-292
Technical Paper | Environment and Safety | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST08-A1815
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The levels of tritium in the atmosphere nowadays are those of natural origin before the nuclear test. Nuclear power stations, nuclear reprocessing plants and fusion facilities are observed as a further occurrence source. Then, in order to appraise the influence of nuclear facilities and long distance transport from the continent where tritium level is relatively high, it is necessary to investigate background levels of tritium.Tritium concentrations of 34 river waters and 6 lake waters in Japan were determined by low background liquid scintillation measurement system combined with the electrolysis using solid polymer electrolyte.Tritium concentrations of river and lake water were 0.36-2.66 Bq/l (average 1.06±0.60 Bq/l) and 0.48-1.43 Bq/l (average 0.81±0.37 Bq/l), respectively. The entire mean value was 1.03±0.57 Bq/l. This mean value equals 43% of the mean value which was measured in 1982. It was possible to calculate 11 years as an apparent half-life.