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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.
M. S. Tillack et al.
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 56 | Number 2 | August 2009 | Pages 949-956
Power Plants, Demo, and Next Steps | Eighteenth Topical Meeting on the Technology of Fusion Energy (Part 2) | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST09-A9033
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The ARIES Team currently is engaged in an effort called the "ARIES Pathways Study". The goals of this study are to evaluate remaining R&D needs toward practical fusion energy and to identify and evaluate possible "next step" devices to bridge the gap between ITER and an attractive power plant. In order to evaluate our current state of readiness and remaining R&D needs, we adopted a methodology called "Technology Readiness Levels". We defined a quantitative set of readiness levels that encompass the major technology challenges for fusion energy development, and have applied them to evaluate our current level of advancement and R&D needs for an advanced tokamak power plant concept based on recent ARIES designs. Results of the evaluation and recommendations for future R&D are presented.