June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
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Abstract The Role of the College of Technology in the Nuclear IndustryEver-increasing energy demands, concerns over climate change, and an elusive chase fornational energy independence are driving a quiet resurgence for increasing the use of nuclearpower. Experts maintain however, that any nuclear power expansion will have to be both timelyand at a scale that will provide the results intended. For this to happen, initiatives leading to theeducation and development of qualified nuclear personnel will have to be implemented. ThePurdue College of Technology plans of study are designed to prepare graduates for occupationalareas with a distinct “hands-on” reach. For this reason, the College of Technology is in a uniqueposition to contribute meaningfully to any expansion of the domestic nuclear industry. Whileformal course offerings in the nuclear disciplines are not yet in place, the College of Technologyis positioned to engage in curriculum changes that could match if not surpass existing nuclearprograms that prepare students for careers in the nuclear industry. The object of this paper is todefine the role of the College of Technology as it seeks to establish itself in the nuclear powerresurgence. In so doing, the paper examines training and education programs currently offered tomeet licensing and employment qualification mandates by the Nuclear Regulatory Commissionand nuclear plant operators. The paper also attempts to show how on-campus resources such asthe School of Nuclear Engineering, a Radiation Detection lab, and a nuclear reactor, cancontribute to a higher order of technical knowledge that will be needed to engage students indevelopments such as revolutionary reactor designs and ventures into new and advanced fuelcycles. Finally, the paper examines a near-term and a long term plan of action to engage theCollege’s mechanical, electrical, and building construction disciplines in preparing students forthe nuclear industry.
Kmec, J. F., & Hubbard, B. J., & Lopez De Bertodano, M. A., & Revis, B. (2011, June), The Role of the College of Technology in the Nuclear Industry Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18662
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