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Mne Accend

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

End Date

June 23, 2004



Conference Session

Innovations in Nuclear Education I

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9.917.1 - 9.917.6



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Ivan Maldonado

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Henry Spitz

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John Christenson

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Eugene Rutz

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“MNE-ACCEND” – An Integrated Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering Educational Program for the New Millennium

John Christenson, G. Ivan Maldonado, Eugene Rutz, Henry Spitz Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Program, University of Cincinnati

1. Introduction

“MNE-ACCEND” is an acronym for the newly initiated University of Cincinnati Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering ACCelerated ENgineering Degrees Program. MNE-ACCEND is an integrated 5-year academic program leading to a BS degree in mechanical engineering and an MS degree in nuclear engineering. The combination of two degrees in a compact time frame, coupled with the experience gained through cooperative education has been a strong selling point for the MNE-ACCEND program.

The MNE-ACCEND Program has the following goals:

• To create a means by which a select group of highly motivated, well-qualified students can earn a BS-ME degree and an MS-NE in five calendar years. • To increase the versatility, visibility and attractiveness of UC’s ME program at local, regional, and national levels, while also increasing the number of students entering the ME Program by ~15 additional new students yearly. • To develop a pipeline of talented and motivated students feeding into the UC Nuclear and Radiological Engineering (UCNRE) Graduate Program. • To position the UCNRE Graduate Program into a leadership position in addressing the forthcoming growing demand for ~90,000+ skilled new workers in the nuclear industry projected in the next decade.

2. General Features

MNE-ACCEND students have five, one quarter Co-op sections – one less than in the standard UC engineering curriculum. Limiting the number of Co-op quarters to five, allows one additional on-campus academic quarter before MNE-ACCEND students receive their BSME degree. While co-oping, MNE-ACCEND students take one UC class each quarter using distance-learning techniques with support before and after the co-op quarter from UCNRE Program Faculty.

Except for one class, MNE-ACCEND students take all of their “name-specified” ME courses in the sequence specified in the standard undergraduate ME curriculum and receive their BSME degrees with ME classmates in June of their senior year. At that time they will also have completed almost all of the class work required for the MSNE. “Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ASEE 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Maldonado, I., & Spitz, H., & Christenson, J., & Rutz, E. (2004, June), Mne Accend Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13073

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