Department Fact Sheet 2020-21

EDUCATION

Degree

BS | MS | MNE | MNE online | PHD
Accelerated Bachelor-Master Program | Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Nonproliferation, Science & Policy | Minor in Health Physics | Minor in Nuclear Engineering

 

Developing

Graduate Certificates in Health Physics & Nuclear Reactor Engineering |Graduate Concentrations in Plasma Science & Engineering and Nuclear Fuel & Materials

 

Enrollment

(Fall 2020)
Graduate: 129 | Undergraduate: 111
91 PhD, 17 MS, 5 MNE, 16 MNE online

 

Degrees Granted

(05/10/19 – 05/09/20)
23 PhD | 15 MS/MNE | 32 BS

 

Graduate Student Support

(Fall 2020)
75 RA/TA
12 (inter)national fellowships (NEUP, INL, NRC, ANS |  Provost, Dean, BD) | 23 Externally Funded (government, military, company)
3 Internships

 

Faculty

22 Tenure/Tenure Track
7 Assistant | 4 Associate | 12 Full |
1 Teaching Associate | 2 Research |
1 Teaching | 3 Emeritus | 25 Adjuncts Professors |
10 Postdoctoral Research Scholars

 

Faculty Recognition

4 Distinguished & Endowed |
2 Distinguished Alumni Graduate |
1 Distinguished Alumni Undergraduate 1 National Academy of Engineering | 9 Societal Fellows | 2 ORNL, 4 INL, and 1 SRNL Joint Faculty Appointments

 

Focus Areas

Reactor Systems Engineering | Radiation Interactions & Detection | Plasma Science & Engineering | Nuclear Fuel & Materials

 

Crosscutting/Application Areas

Nuclear Reactor Program
Nuclear Security & Nonproliferation
Nuclear Waste Management
Modeling & Simulation
Health Physics


NEWS

  • New tenure/tenure track position in Plasma Science & Engineering in AY 2020-21
  • Highest university honor, the 2020 Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal – Dr. Bourham
  • 3 Academy of Outstanding Teachers members
  • Online Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE)
    ranked 1st by Best College Reviews
  • Two awardees for the 2020 ANS Mark Mills
  • Awardee of US DOE Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D
  • Alumnus wins the US Department of Energy Early Career Research Award
  • Partner in US DOE-funded Center for Low Temperature Plasma Interactions with Complex Interfaces
  • Lead in Nuclear Engineering Applications of Data Analytics and Coupled with Artificial Intelligence
  • 2020/2021 Chair of Test, Research and Training Reactors (TRTR) – Dr. Hawari
  • 2020/2021 Chair of Nuclear Engineering Department Head Organization (NEDHO) – Dr. Ivanov
  • Constructing: Fission Gas Loop, Hot Cell Facility, Ultra-Cold Neutron Source
  • Joint Distance Education (DE) MNE program with Bettis Reactor Engineering School (BRES)
  • Distance education component of PhD program
  • 70th anniversary of Nuclear Engineering program
  • Organizing: 2021 ANS Student Conference | ANS M&C 2021 | 2021 TRTR |
    2021 Sherwood Conference for Theoretical Plasma Physics | 2021 BEPU International Conference

 

FUNDING

87 for $30.8m Grant Proposals | 61 for $8.6m Grant Awards | $9.9m Grant Expenditures

 

RESEARCH CENTERS, CONSORTIA & FACILITIES

INL National University Consortium (NUC) | UNC Board of Governor’s Nuclear Reactor Program Center with PULSTAR Reactor, Neutron Imaging Facility, Ultra Cold Neutron Source, Neutron Powder Diffractometer, Intense Slow Positron Beam, Neutron Activation | NC State Consortium for Nuclear Power (CNP) | US DOE Center for Low Temperature Plasma Interactions with Complex Interfaces | NC State Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities & Structures | International CTF User’s Group | Several High Performance Computer Clusters

 

RESEARCH GROUPS & LABORATORIES

Nuclear Power Plant Simulation Lab | Radiation Detection Lab | Atmospheric Plasma Applications & Corrosion Evaluation Lab for Waste Packages | 4th State Application Research Group (4-STAR) | Nuclear Materials Lab | Radiant-Computational Materials Lab | Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Modeling Group (RDFMG) | Retrospective Dosimetry and Nuclear Assay (RDNA) | Multi-Phase Research Group (MPRG) | Radiation Detection Applications in Nuclear Security (RADIANS) | Plasma for Life Sciences (PLS) | Probabilistic Risk Assessment Group (PRA) | Radiation Detector Materials & Devices Group | Low Energy Interactions Physics (LEIP) | Ultrafast Spectroscopy Group | Probabilistic Assessment Group