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Curriculum Development And Training For Environmental Restoration / Waste Management

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



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Curriculum Development & Assessment in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering

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Nuclear and Radiological

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11.382.1 - 11.382.6



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Adrian Miron University of Cincinnati


Eugene Rutz University of Cincinnati

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Eugene Rutz is Academic Director in the College of Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Eugene's responsibilities include new program development, distance learning program development, and evaluation of instructional technologies. He has a BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MS in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Eugene has worked in the nuclear power industry, as a design engineer, and as a university researcher and instructor.

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Pradosh Ray Tuskegee University

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Pradosh Ray received his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He has been teaching at Tuskegee University for thirty years. He is currently serving as Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interests are in electric rocket propulsion. He has also spent over twenty five years in course, curriculum, and laboratory development.

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Curriculum Development and Training for Environmental Restoration/Waste Management


Tuskegee University (TU), in collaboration with University of Cincinnati (UC), is engaged in developing a sequence of two courses and a summer training program to educate and train students in the area of environmental restoration/waste management (ER/WM). The ER/WM activities cut across the boundaries of many scientific fields. Moreover, the site characterization and waste management must be performed in accordance with the current environmental laws and regulations. Hence, knowledge of appropriate codes developed by Department of Energy laboratories and federal agencies would be necessary.

The proposed course sequence is: 1) Introduction to Radiological Engineering and Waste Management and 2) Site Analysis and Environmental Restoration. The first course was developed in Fall 2005 semester and offered at TU as a 3-credit hour elective course during Spring 2006 semester. During summer, students will spend 8 weeks at TU in intensive hands-on training and research activities in some area of ER/WM.

The content of the first course is consistent with current courses in health physics. However, this course contains additional material on nuclear wastes. We believe that this course and associated summer training program would better prepare and train students for engaging in ER/WM related activities.


The activities associated with the nuclear weapon production have caused serious damage to the environment and corrective actions are needed. However, to tackle the technologically challenging problem of environmental restoration and waste management (ER/WM) at these facilities, trained manpower is needed.

The complexity of the problem is enormous. The level of technological sophistication necessary to solve the ER/WM problems relevant to National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) requires that persons engaged in these activities have an education with strong science and engineering backgrounds. However, there is a shortage of students with this background in the United States due to a declining interest among high school students, particularly African Americans, to be engaged in these disciplines.

In view of this, Tuskegee University (TU), in collaboration with University of Cincinnati (UC), is developing a sequence of two courses and associated summer training and research programs in ER/WM to educate and train African American undergraduate students during the next two years. University of Cincinnati’s role in this program is to provide technical expertise and guidance in developing these courses and the summer training and research programs.

Miron, A., & Rutz, E., & Ray, P. (2006, June), Curriculum Development And Training For Environmental Restoration / Waste Management Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--583

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