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Developing a Minor Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

Nuclear and Radiological Division Technical Session 1

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Nuclear and Radiological

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24.384.1 - 24.384.7



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Masoud Naghedolfeizi Fort Valley State University

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Dr. Masoud Naghedolfeizi is a senior professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Fort Valley State University. His academic background includes a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with minor in instrumentation and control, an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. Dr. Naghedolfeizi's research interests include instrumentation and measurement systems, control systems, applied artificial intelligence, information processing, and engineering education.

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Sanjeev Arora Fort Valley State University

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Dr. Arora holds a B.Sc. (Honors) and M.Sc. degree in Physics from University of Delhi, India, and a M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Physics from University of Delaware. Dr. Arora’s research interest is experimental atomic physics and he is well-versed in the use of the van de Graaff accelerator, scalars, MCAs, and other physics instrumentation. He has been instrumental in acquiring, through various grants, computers, and software for the physics laboratory at FVSU. Some of his funded grant proposals are as follows:
1) Establishing a Nuclear Science and Engineering Minor at Fort Valley State University 2) Establishing an Undergraduate STEM Teaching and Research Laboratory at FVSU 3)Establishing an Interdisciplinary Bioinformatics Laboratory at Fort Valley State University 3) Computer-based Instrumentation Laboratory for Undergraduate Science and Mathematics Programs at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Fort Valley State University. 4) Developing an Undergraduate Minor in Computer-based Measurement and Instrumentation at Fort Valley State University 5) Preparing Teachers for Problem Solving Instruction 6) Developing a State of the Art Physics Laboratory at Fort Valley State College.

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Nabil A. Yousif Fort Valley State University

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Developing a Minor Program in Nuclear Science and EngineeringThe Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at XXX University (XXXU) hasrecently developed an academic minor program in Nuclear Science and Engineering for studentsmajoring in Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM). The motivation fordeveloping this program came from three sources. Currently, undergraduate students in MiddleGeorgia do not have sufficient academic opportunities to gain knowledge and training in nuclearenergy sciences since no institution in this region offers a structured program in this field.Second, the minority students in our region have even fewer opportunities to gain education inthis field, since many students cannot afford the cost and/or meet the admission requirements ofcolleges and universities that have such programs. Third, the need for educating more studentsin this field, either as future scientists or as members of a technological society, is an importantnational issue that is well recognized by Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), AmericanNuclear Society (ANS), and other institutions involved in this field.The minor program is structured around four courses that will feature progressively moreadvanced topics, and hands-on laboratory-based projects and experimental analysis. Thesecourses are: a two-course sequence in Nuclear Science and Engineering with laboratorycomponents, a course in nuclear radiation and an introductory course in health physics.Through this minor program, XXXU will be able to educate and train the interested STEMstudents in basic nuclear science and engineering technologies that will not only increase theirjob opportunities in nuclear related industries, but will also prepare them to pursue graduatestudies in this field.This paper describes the opportunities and challenges for offering a minor program in this fieldwith respect to curriculum development, student recruitment, faculty development, and fundingsources.

Naghedolfeizi, M., & Arora, S., & Yousif, N. A. (2014, June), Developing a Minor Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20275

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