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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.
C. Wagemans, L. De Smet, S. Vermote, J. Heyse, J. Van Gils, O. Serot
Nuclear Science and Engineering | Volume 160 | Number 2 | October 2008 | Pages 200-206
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NSE160-200
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The 236U(n,f) cross section has been measured in the energy range from 0.5 eV to 25 keV at the Geel Electron Linear Accelerator neutron time-of-flight facility of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements in Geel, Belgium. A highly enriched 236U sample was mounted back-to-back with a 10B sample in the center of a Frisch-gridded ionization chamber, hence realizing a 2 detection geometry. A 235U(n,f) cross-section control measurement was performed in the same experimental conditions. Special attention has been given to the fission resonance integral If and to the strongest resonance at 5.45 eV, for which a resonance analysis has been performed yielding f = 1.7 eV. Both values are highly overestimated in the literature.