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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.
S. V. Polosatkin et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 55 | Number 2 | February 2009 | Pages 153-156
Technical Paper | Seventh International Conference on Open Magnetic Systems for Plasma Confinement | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A7003
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First stage of neutral beam heating system was developed at the GOL-3 facility. Configuration of magnetic field and initial gas distribution were adopted for operation with NBI system. As a result the neutral beam with 0.5 MW power and 0.8 ms pulse duration was achieved and stable regimes suitable for beam injection experiments were found. The neutral beam system was used in first experiment as diagnostic tool for measuring the plasma density. Dynamics of plasma density and its radial distribution were studied in experiments.