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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.
Gilles Noguere, David Bernard, Cyrille De Saint Jean, Bertrand Iooss, Frank Gunsing, Katsuhei Kobayashi, Said F. Mughabghab, Peter Siegler
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 160 | Number 1 | September 2008 | Pages 108-122
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE160-108
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A new method to produce covariance or dispersion matrices for the resonance parameters of neutron cross sections was developed. The technique uses resonance shape analysis in association with Monte Carlo treatment of the uncertainties. The method was implemented in the error propagation tool MCFIT. This program provides a user-friendly textual interface for the shape analysis code REFIT. It was designed to take into account the main sources of uncertainties involved in time-of-flight measurements. Its capability is illustrated with the simultaneous analysis of 237Np capture and transmission data. The covariance matrix obtained in this work was used to interpret oscillation measurements of 237Np samples carried out in the Minerve reactor located at Cadarache.