San Jose State University provides undergraduate, graduate, and outreach programs in nuclear science education that are unique in this country and perhaps in the world. A dedicated Nuclear Science Facility, specifically designed and equipped for undergraduate and graduate nuclear science laboratory work, is a key resource that helps make these programs possible.
The role of an on-site irradiation facility in nuclear science and engineering education is examined. Using the example of a university research reactor, the use of such devices in laboratory instruction, public outreach programs, special instructional programs, research, etc. is discussed. Examples from the Oregon State University curriculum in nuclear chemistry, nuclear engineering and radiation health are given.
Authors:S. Landsberger, T. Tipping, O. Ezekoye, D. Tamalis, V. Lott, S. Alexander and G. Ban
Neutron activation analysis (NAA) remains an excellent technique to introduce undergraduate students to nuclear science and
engineering coming from different academic areas. The NAA methods encompass an appreciation of basic reactor engineering concepts,
radiation safety, nuclear instrumentation and data analysis. At the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Lab at the University of
Texas at Austin we have continued to provide opportunities through outreach programs to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin
and Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, both Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Southwestern University
in Georgetown, Texas. Furthermore, in the past four years we have established a strong educational collaboration with the
École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Caen (ENSICAEN), France. Undergraduate students at ENSICAEN are required to have
an internship outside of France. While many of the students stay in neighboring European countries others have chosen the
United States. The cornerstone of these programs is to secure a relationship with each institution through clear educational
and research objectives and goals.