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A Multi Dimensional Nuclear Engineering Partnership

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

Publication Date

June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



Conference Session

A Renaissance in NRE Programs

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10.61.1 - 10.61.3



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John Ford

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A Multi-Dimensional Nuclear Engineering Partnership

John Ford, William Burchill, Marvin Adams and Ron Hart Texas A&M University Dan Suson, Paul Cox and Lionel Hewett Texas A&M University Kingsville Milton Bryant, Irvin Osborne-Lee, Sukesh Aghara and Richard Wilkins Prairie View A&M University Kenneth L. Peddicord Texas A&M University System

In 2002, the Texas Partnership was awarded a grant as part of the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Nuclear Engineering University Partnership program. The Texas Partnership is unique in its breadth and scope. The three participating institutions are Texas A&M University (TAMU), Texas A&M University Kingsville (TAMUK), a Hispanic Serving Institution, and Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), a Historically Black University. The Department of Nuclear Engineering at TAMU, with nearly 300 students, is the largest such academic unit in the country. TAMU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nuclear engineering, radiological health engineering, and health physics. At TAMUK, the Department of Physics is leading the activity, while at PVAMU, the key components are the Department of Chemical Engineering and the NASA funded Center for Applied Radiation Research (CARR). With a common administrative framework and the ease of travel between institutions we have been able to greatly enhance the opportunities for student interaction and participation in a wide range of activities.

Simultaneously we are providing course offerings in nuclear/radiological health engineering via the Trans-Texas Videoconference Network to both African American and Hispanic students. This has led to a greater interest in the field by both science and engineering students. The program is expanding to additional satellite campuses. The first course in atomic and nuclear physics was provided in the spring of 2004. In the fall of 2004, we added courses in reactor theory and environmental measurements of radioactivity. Additional nuclear engineering courses will be offered on a regular basis.

Meanwhile the Physics/Geophysics Department at TAMUK has developed a laboratory- based course in nuclear physics. This is the first upper division laboratory course offered at TAMUK in over a decade. The faculty members in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at TAMU are assisting TAMUK to ensure that the lab equipment is tailored to enhance the success of the students in their preparation for graduate studies. The courses provided at TAMUK and via the TTVN network allow the students entering the graduate program at TAMU to follow the same plan of study as students from TAMU or comparable nuclear/health physics programs.

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2005, American Society for Engineering Education

Ford, J. (2005, June), A Multi Dimensional Nuclear Engineering Partnership Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15170

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