Students First: Nuclear Engineering at NC State

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North Carolina State University was home to the first university-based nuclear reactor for teaching and research. Today we're the lead university in two unique consortia.

The Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities (CNEC) is funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA’s) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN R&D) Proliferation Detection Program (PDP). The mission of the PDP is to develop technologies to detect foreign nuclear weapons development activities; to support nuclear arms control treaties verification and monitoring for compliance; and, to support national nuclear security more broadly.

The Department of Energy-funded Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) initiative, uses advanced computer simulations to create safer, more cost-effective nuclear power plants. CASL is in its second 5-year term.

Nuclear engineers are in high demand. Our graduates are employed by utility companies, government energy and defense agencies, national laboratories, nuclear plants and private companies. Our teaching and research address such diverse areas as consumer and industrial power, space exploration, medical therapy, safety and transportation.


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Moments in the US Nuclear NC State's PULSTAR Research Reactor in the US Regulatory Commission History: Research and Test Reactors Series

Released: October 12, 2015

From the US NRC Blog (US Nuclear Regulatory Commission) Written by Thomas Wellock, Historian Entitled: Moments in NRC History: Research and Test Reactors Series One of the earliest proposals to meet "the promise of the peaceful atom" was a small research reactor so simple and inexpensive that universities could buy one for scholars and students. That was the plan back …

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