Celebrating NC State’s 2018-19 nuclear engineering graduating class

This past Saturday, family and friends were on hand to share in the excitement of 17 doctoral, 16 master and 31 bachelor degree recipients. And as part of the celebration, 12 students were inducted into the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society.

Mr. Jacob Perry served as student speaker, and Dr. Alan Icenhour as alumni speaker. Perry took students down memory lane – speaking to late nights, favorite food spots and occupying Daniel Hall for studying purposes. He reminded fellow students that their journey could not be accomplished without the support of family and each other. Jake also took time out to lead us in an early Happy Mothers’ Day salute. He asked students to reflect on what was accomplished and what lay ahead as nuclear engineering professionals. He poked fun at faculty sayings and reflected on friendships made.

Dr. Alan Icenhour, Associate Laboratory Director in the Nuclear Science & Engineering Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) reflected on his experiences in and with the department. Reflecting on more than 30 years of nuclear experience in fuel cycle topics, he welcomed these new professionals. He challenged them to continue the tradition of firsts achieved by ORNL and NC State’s nuclear engineering program as they progress in their careers.  Prior to joining ORNL, Icenhour was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.  After leaving active duty, he continued as a reservist, retiring with the rank of Captain. He thanked one of our undergraduate students, Jacob Blankenship, who became a commissioned officer upon graduation.

Icenhour has a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee.  He is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a member of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management.  In 2017 he was named an NC State Distinguished Engineering Alumnus. Dr. Icenhour ended by calling on the newest alumni to stay connected with the department and give back so other students could move forward.