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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.
P. Leconte, J.-P. Hudelot, M. Antony, J. Di-Salvo, D. Bernard
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 170 | Number 3 | March 2012 | Pages 251-264
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE11-14
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The absolute emission probabilities of gamma rays from the decay of 238Np and 233Pa have been measured by an innovative method combining pile oscillation and neutron activation techniques. We obtained values of (24.99 ± 0.34)% and (37.79 ± 0.64)% for the 984.5- and 311.9-keV gamma rays from 238Np and 233Pa, respectively, in good agreement with the recommended values proposed by the Decay Data Evaluation Project (DDEP): (25.18 ± 0.13)% and (38.3 ± 0.5)%. The influence of gamma-ray emission probabilities from 238Np and 233Pa on neutron capture cross-section measurements of 237Np and 232Th, respectively, are discussed and tend to confirm the recommended values from the DDEP. A patent has been granted for this method.