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DOE Funding Supports Nuclear Engineering Studies at UT Arlington

April 2, 2010

The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $295,352 grant from the Department of Energy to be used to purchase specialized laboratory equipment needed for instruction in the newly-introduced minor program in nuclear engineering.

“We view this grant as an endorsement of our efforts to provide programs that meet the engineering needs of a changing energy mix,” said Dr. Lynn Peterson, senior associate dean of engineering. “The International Atomic Energy Agency is expecting a 16 percent increase in world’s nuclear generation capacity by 2020, with at least 60 new nuclear reactors in operation. We hope some of our graduates will have a hand in designing or operating those facilities.”

The DOE funds, supplied through its Nuclear Engineering University Program, are being used to implement a Radiation Measurement Applications Laboratory, which supports three courses. The lab is research oriented, helping to expedite the possibility of the expanding the minor program to include a graduate certificate or possibly a full program in nuclear engineering.

The minor in nuclear engineering program was offered for the first time at the college last fall and enrollment vastly exceeded expectations. “We thought possibly 20 to 25 students would sign up for the course,” said Dr. Peterson. “My associates – Dr. Rasool Kenarangui and Dr. Ratan Kumar – and I were surprised when 39 registered, which shows that the students are aware of the potential growth of this area of engineering.”

The new equipment purchased through the grant will be in operation in time for courses this summer. In an earlier award from the DOE, UT Arlington received funding to provide scholarships of up to $5,000 per academic year to eligible nuclear science/engineering students.