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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.
A. L. Lehnert, K. J. Kearfott
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 168 | Number 3 | July 2011 | Pages 278-286
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE10-13
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In developing applications for fast neutron scattering in explosives detection, Monte Carlo simulations were completed that characterized the scattering behavior of fast neutrons in a simplified geometry. Targets included C, N, O, and Fe, as well as air, water, oil, and the explosive RDX (C3H6N6O6). Work included a study of energy binning, particle histories, and statistical uncertainty. Results of the simulations closely matched expected scatter behavior. Energy bins of 0.2 MeV and 1 × 108 particle histories provided ample statistical certainty.