June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
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The Western Nuclear Science Alliance
Authors: Stephen E. Binney, Wade J. Richards, Walter D. Loveland, Steven R. Reese, Kathryn A. Higley, James T. Elliston, Sue B. Clark, Edward C. Morse, John Bennion
Oregon State University/University of California Davis/Oregon State University/ Oregon State University/Oregon State University/Washington State University/Washington State University/University of California Berkeley/Idaho State University
The Western Nuclear Science Alliance (WNSA) came into existence in September 2002 when Oregon State University (OSU) as the lead institution teamed with University of California Davis (UCD) and other organizations to receive one of the four five-year awards under DOE’s Innovations in Nuclear Infrastructure and Education (INIE) program. The objective of these INIE awards was "to strengthen U.S. university nuclear engineering education programs through innovative use of the university research and training reactors and encouraging strategic partnerships between the universities, the DOE national laboratories, and U.S. industry." The method whereby WNSA addresses this objective is discussed below.
Structure of WNSA
WNSA is initially composed of five western universities (OSU, UCD, Washington State University (WSU), University of California Berkeley (UCB), and Idaho State University (ISU)). Together these universities operate four research reactors and have three nuclear engineering programs and two radiochemistry programs. In addition, six western national Department of Energy and NASA laboratories (Argonne National Laboratory-West, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), and several nuclear industrial organizations from around the country (Adelphi Technology, Energy Northwest, Entergy, Nova Scientific, and SAIC) are initial members of WNSA (see Figure 1).
WNSA program progress is monitored by a Management Council. The Management Council is responsible for providing management and decision-making capabilities for WNSA, coordinating all activities of WNSA, including the preparation of annual reports and renewal proposals, and providing vision for expansion of programs under WNSA.
The Management Council is composed of six members, including the Chair, with an equal number from OSU and UCD. The Management Council is initially chaired by an OSU member with the Chair alternating between OSU and UCD each September. A Vice-Chair of the Management Council is selected from the other university. Replacement of Management Council members is at the discretion of the Management Council membership. Members may serve
Loveland, W., & Richards, W., & Clark, S., & Reese, S., & Binney, S., & Higley, K., & Bennion, J., & Morse, E., & Elliston, J. (2003, June), The Western Nuclear Science Alliance Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12673
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