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University Programs -- Nuclear Engineering Education “The Road Ahead” John Gutteridge Director of University Programs Office of Nuclear Energy, Science.

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1 University Programs -- Nuclear Engineering Education “The Road Ahead” John Gutteridge Director of University Programs Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology U.S. Department of Energy November 2004 American Nuclear Society Conference

2 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (2) Encouraging partnerships among universities with research/training reactors, other universities, industry and utilities to improve the nuclear infrastructure regionally in the U.S. Providing fresh fuel to university research reactors via the Program Providing funding for innovative research at universities under the peer-reviewed Program Providing institutional support to universities offering a degree in nuclear engineering through the Program Encouraging universities with research reactors to “share” them with surrounding institutions providing research, training, and instructional opportunities through the Program Nuclear Engineering Education Research DOE/Industry Matching Grants University Nuclear Science and Reactor Support Reactor Sharing (INIE) Reactor Fuel

3 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (3) Making improvements to university research reactors via the Program Awarding fellowships and scholarships to nuclear engineering students and minority students through the Program Supporting the program to encourage high school students to consider careers in nuclear engineering and related scientific courses of study by providing information on nuclear issues to them through American Nuclear Society Teacher Workshops Partnering minority institutions with Nuclear Engineering Universities for the purpose of increasing the number of minorities in the nuclear disciplines Supporting graduate and postgraduate students and faculty through fellowships and faculty assistance University Nuclear Science and Reactor Support (cont.) (University Partnerships) Nuclear Engineering Education Recruitment Radiochemistry Reactor Upgrade Fellowship and Scholarship

4 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (4) University Programs FY 2005 Total $21.0 Million

5 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (5) DOE Investment ($ in Millions) Number of Students Undergraduate Student Enrollment Trends In Enrollments DOE Investment

6 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (6) FY 2004 Efforts FY 2004 Efforts ♦ Supporting 6 Innovations in Nuclear Infrastructure and Education (INIE) Consortia ♦ Supporting 26 new and 21 continuing Nuclear Engineering Education Research (NEER) grants ♦ Granting 95 Fellowships/Scholarships/Internships ♦ University Reactor Instrumentation – grants ♦ Providing Reactor Sharing support ♦ Supporting 35 Teacher Workshops through the American Nuclear Society ♦ Funding 3-4 Radiochemistry programs ♦ Funding 6 University Partnership Programs ♦ Supporting 2 new nuclear engineering schools ♦ Providing fresh fuel and spent fuel support for university research/training reactors ♦ Supporting 6 U.S. and 6 foreign students in the International Student Exchange Program ♦ Outreach to High School Students – Pittsburgh Public School System

7 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (7) FY 2005 Changes ♦ Increased funding for fellowships and scholarships ♦ Funding for Matching Grants will increase so that DOE share more closely matches industry’s ♦ Two additional University Partnerships ♦ Introduce then evaluate “Harnessed Atom” teaching module in Pittsburgh Public Schools ♦ Separate fellowships/scholarships for Health Physics

8 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (8) Where We’re Headed and Beyond ♦ Support for new research reactor/other infrastructure designs and/or increases in power at existing research reactors ♦ Support of Junior Faculty research ♦ More support for INIE and Matching Grants ♦ Additional University partnerships to increase the number of minority nuclear engineers – links with other minority schools ♦ Improving the fuel manufacturing process through the modernization of fuel fabrication facilities ♦ Support of health physics and increased fellowship and scholarship support at NE/HP schools ♦ Addressing security requirements at research reactors and increasing focus on the conversion of plate type university reactors to LEU fuel ♦ Partnering with other School Districts to offer nuclear science instruction to high school students ♦ Participation in the World Nuclear University (WNU) and sponsoring of the initial WNU Summer Institute in Idaho – 2005 ♦ Establishment of an INIE Summer Institute to be held at selected INIE consortium universities

9 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (9) Other Places We Would Like To Go ♦ Expanding University Reactor Instrumentation Program sufficiently to meet all the needs of reactor instrumentation AND reactor security ♦ Securing sufficient funding to enable timely TRIGA LEU fuel manufacture at CERCA for conversion of four TRIGA reactors ♦ Cleaning up “orphaned” material at U.S. university reactors

10 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (10) Initiatives: Smooth and Bumpy Roads and Beyond Smooth: ♦ Harnessed Atom outreach after Pittsburgh ♦ Radiochemistry solicitation ♦ LEU Conversions ♦ Survey on student choices regarding nuclear careers ♦ Tracking NE and related graduates Bumpy: ♦ Funding for fuel, conversions and fuel manufacturing upgrades ♦ Switch in focus from undergraduate to graduate ♦ Broader use of INIE funding ♦ More research in support of ADVANCED degrees

11 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (11) INIE: Food For Thought ♦ INIE was intended for nuclear infrastructure support and improvement ♦ Use of INIE funding was purposely left very discretionary ♦ INIE could be applied to resolve infrastructure issues where no university grant program applies or where programs exist but are inadequate to address current needs ● Possible areas of application: research, fellowships, fuel assistance, reactor security, orphan sources, etc.

12 Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology Gutteridge/Nov11-14_04 ANS.ppt (12) Summary ♦ University Program is essentially healthy and helping educate a new generation of nuclear engineers, scientists, radiochemists and health physicists ♦ Enrollments have soared, funding has increased, and the university nuclear community works together to achieve common goals ♦ New initiatives will make more research available for young professors; could expand existing or help start new facilities, and provide additional outreach to students in pre-college years ♦ Need to grow student population judiciously so that supply is consistent with demand and we need to track graduates better ♦ International efforts will expand through World Nuclear University (WNU), European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN), and Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT) if universities perceive a benefit to international activities ♦ A healthy fuel fabrication industry is essential for the continued operation of university reactors and the conversion of reactors to LEU

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