June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
Nuclear and Radiological
11.382.1 - 11.382.6
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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