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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.
Kenneth W. Burn
Nuclear Technology | Volume 175 | Number 1 | July 2011 | Pages 138-145
Technical Paper | Special Issue on the 16th Biennial Topical Meeting of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division / Radiation Transport and Protection | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT11-A12282
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The Direct Statistical Approach (DSA) was developed in the 1980s and 1990s to optimize Monte Carlo deep penetration (fixed-source) radiation transport calculations. It is based on a detailed mathematical approach to the splitting and Russian roulette problem, independent of, or dependent on, the weight of the particle track. As it relies on splitting and Russian roulette, it is of quite general application and has been employed on a wide variety of problems: reactor shielding, accelerator shielding, accelerator-driven systems, dosimetry, and nuclear medicine. The development of the DSA culminated in the inclusion of a multiresponse capability. Over the last 10 years this capability has completely supplanted the single-response version of the DSA. It is considered that the multiresponse capability represents a significant advance. Examples of its use are illustrated. The DSA is currently undergoing a substantial update. The state of the art of the new code is given.