Auburn University College of Engineering to add nuclear power minor this fall

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering will add a 17-hour nuclear power generation systems minor to its curriculum this fall to prepare the next generation of plant engineers for the nuclear power generation industry.

The program will offer students a hands-on opportunity to understand the industry’s licensing, engineering and basic construction requirements, processes and techniques. Power plant models, nuclear power integration into the national electrical grid and common reactor plant operations are also featured.

“Auburn engineering is known for a hands-on approach in the classroom, and by adding this minor the college is following that same guiding principle to educate the next generation of civil, mechanical, electrical, industrial and chemical engineers for careers in the growing nuclear power generation industry,” Dean Larry Benefield said.

Faculty will teach five multidisciplinary courses that provide an overview of nuclear power generation system capabilities. Topics will include basic nuclear theory and operations in mechanical, electrical and chemistry control, as well as plant safety regulations and reliability and radiological health.

Students will go beyond the basics to explore the challenges presented by nuclear power generation, including safety and health regulation, engineering and construction practices and systems operation and maintenance. Students will make on-site visits to nuclear power generating facilities and will also have the opportunity to earn practical experience through internship and co-op positions with leading nuclear power generation organizations.

“This minor is unique in its breadth and structure because nuclear operators and support companies provided direct input into program design prior to its development,” said Oliver Kingsley, member of the National Academy of Engineering and associate dean for special projects in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. “Graduates will be able to begin employment in the commercial nuclear power generation industry with a distinct advantage from day one on the job.”

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(Written by Sally Credille.)

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