June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Nuclear and Radiological
14.670.1 - 14.670.11
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Educational and Research Outreach Program in Nuclear Science and Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin Abstract
With the passing of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the United States is experiencing for the first time in over two decades, what some refer to as the “Nuclear Renaissance.” Twenty-year operating license extension applications have been filed to extend the already approved 40-year operating period out to 60 years and some are already being approved. In addition, many utilities are filing a combined Construction and Operating License (COL) application to allow building new power plants within the existing restricted areas, while others are opting to build new power plants in different areas. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) recognizes this surge in application submissions and is committed to reviewing these applications in a timely manner to support the country’s growing energy demands. Notwithstanding these facts, it is understood that the nuclear industry requires appropriately trained and educated personnel to support the growing needs of the nuclear industry and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Equally important is the need to educate the next generation of students in nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear forensics and various aspects of homeland security for the national laboratories and the Department of Defense. From mechanical engineers educated and experienced in materials, thermal/fluid dynamics, and component failure analysis, to physicists using advanced computing techniques to design the next generation of nuclear reactor fuel elements, the need for new engineers, scientists, and health physicist has never been greater. To help existing and burgeoning academic programs succeed, we propose to work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) to increase enrollment at the graduate level to provide a higher better educated engineers and health physicists.
In our program we will work closely with three HBCUs to make clearer the career opportunities in nuclear science and technology. We have chosen three distinct types of programs to work with of which two programs are in the state of Texas and one is in Florida. The two Texas programs are Texas Southern University and Huston-Tillotson University. The Florida school is Florida Memorial University. One of the PIs, Professor Landsberger, has done a considerable amount of work with Florida Memorial University and the relationship with FMU represents a template, of sorts, for the types of interactions that we will pursue with our other partner institutions. Texas Southern University, which is located in Houston, was chosen of its recently developed program in nuclear and radiological science. Finally, Huston-Tillotson University, which is located approximately 3 miles from the University of Texas at Austin, was chosen as a partner institution because of proximity to our program and opportunities for a very close working relationship between UT and HT faculty and students.
Landsberger, S., & Ezekoye, O., & Hearnsberger, D., & Stiffin, R., & Elliott, M., & Tamalis, D., & Handy, C., & Stefanova, E., & Russ, M. (2009, June), Historically Black Colleges And Universities Educational And Research Outreach Program In Nuclear Science And Engineering Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/4929
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