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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. Roecker, N. S. Bowden, G. Carosi, M. Heffner, I. Jovanovic
Nuclear Technology | Volume 180 | Number 2 | November 2012 | Pages 231-240
Technical Paper | Radiation Measurements and General Instrumentation | dx.doi.org/10.13182/NT12-A14636
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Directional detection of fast neutrons emitted by special nuclear materials can be performed with a time projection chamber. This device permits particle identification and full three-dimensional reconstruction of charged-particle tracks produced by interaction of fast neutrons in the chamber active volume. Single-recoil-proton reconstruction allows rapid pointing, while the reconstruction of two recoil protons produced by a single incident neutron event can enable a measurement with very high angular resolution. Kinematic reconstruction algorithms for both of these cases are presented and their performance assessed using data generated by a simple Monte Carlo simulation and experimental data where those exist. The simulation data are also used to estimate the relative efficiency of both neutron imaging modalities as a function of the volume and pressure of the time projection chamber.