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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.
Tejbir Singh, Updesh Kaur, Shivali Tandon, Parjit S. Singh
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 165 | Number 2 | June 2010 | Pages 240-244
Technical Note | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-35TN
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Photon interaction (ZPIeff) and photon energy absorption (ZPEAeff) effective atomic numbers have been computed for some amino acids, namely, alanine (C3H7NO2), arginine (C6H14N4O2), aspartic acid (C4H7NO4), glycine (C2H5NO2), isoleucine (C6H13NO2), serine (C3H7NO3), and valine (C5H11NO2) in the energy range of 1 keV to 20 MeV. It has been observed that the effective atomic numbers (photon interaction and photon energy absorption) for the selected amino acid differ only in the lower-energy region (5 to 100 keV) and the maximum deviation is observed at ˜30 keV. Further, the maximum values of the effective atomic numbers for photon interaction and photon energy absorption were observed to be at different energies. For the photon interaction effective atomic number, the maximum for the selected amino acids appears at ˜5 keV, whereas the photon energy absorption effective atomic number has its maximum for the selected amino acids at ˜15 keV. Among the selected amino acids, aspartic acid shows the maximum effective atomic number, whereas the least effective atomic numbers were observed for isoleucine.