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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.
Thomas E. Booth, James E. Gubernatis
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 165 | Number 3 | July 2010 | Pages 283-291
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE09-62
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Recently, we proposed a modified power iteration method that simultaneously determines the dominant and subdominant eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of a matrix or a continuous operator. One advantage of this method is the convergence rate to the dominant eigenfunction being [vertical bar]k3[vertical bar]/k1 instead of [vertical bar]k2[vertical bar]/k1, a potentially significant acceleration. One challenge for a Monte Carlo implementation of this method is that the second eigenfunction is represented by particles of both positive and negative weights that somehow must sum (cancel) to estimate the second eigenfunction faithfully. Our previous Monte Carlo work has demonstrated the improved convergence rate by using a point flux estimator method and a binning method to effect this cancellation. This paper presents an exact method that cancels over a region instead of at points or in small bins and has the potential of being significantly more efficient than the other two.