The University of Texas at Austin Cockrell School of Engineering

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ClassOur 2009 and 2010 institutes were successful and fun. Six faculty taught twenty-seven students in weekday morning lectures, early afternoon laboratories, and late afternoon homework and lab problem solving sessions. The students participating in our Institutes come to Austin from all over the country.

Represented schools include:
  • Texas Southern University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • The University of Nebraska
  • Kansas State University
  • Angelo State University
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Florida Memorial University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Texas Tech University
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Huston-Tillotson University

The students lived in the San Jacinto dormitory (hyperlink) and ate meals at the Jester Dining Hall (hyperlink). Prof. Steven Biegalski hosted a Texas-style barbeque for everyone at his home, the group took a field trip to the Comanche Peak nuclear power station, and the students had some fun outings in and around Austin; check out the pictures to learn about them. We at UT are looking forward to hosting another fantastic group of students in 2011!

To see pictures from the 2009 Institute, click here.

computerThe Institute is made possible by a grant from U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Nuclear Education Grant Program. The primary purpose of this Program is to support the educational infrastructure necessary for the nation to safely move forward with its nuclear energy initiatives. The program promotes and strengthens teaching programs in nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear environmental protection, and other fields that the Commission determines to be critical to the NRC’s regulatory mission at higher education institutions.

The Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program at UT-Austin has a long and distinguished history. A nuclear technical option at The University of Texas at Austin has been in existence for fifty years. Nuclear Engineering became an option in Engineering Science in 1960 and in Mechanical Engineering in 1970, where it is currently administered. In August 1963, the TRIGA nuclear reactor went critical at 10kW using fuel loaned from the U.S. Government. In 1968, the power was upgraded to 250 kW and then upgraded again in 1992 to 1,100 kW at a different site, the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL).

Throughout its long history, the nuclear program has had a commitment to educating the brightest students in the United States and abroad. This is especially true now, as the program has expanded to encompass health physics, radiation engineering, research reactor beam port experiments, radioactive waste management and reactor and computational nuclear engineering, homeland security and non-proliferation. As a result of the ever broadening educational and research needs, ten years ago the nuclear program changed its name to Nuclear and Radiation Engineering to better reflect its new directions.

To learn more about the Nuclear Engineering teaching Laboratory, its TRIGA research reactor, and its other experimental facilities, click here.

To learn more about the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Program at UT-Austin, click here.

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