AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Power Nuclear Power Generation Systems Program within Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has received more than $190,000 in scholarship funding from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The funding will provide 15 academic scholarships for students enrolled in the minor. Designed to attract engineering students from all disciplines to the minor, and ultimately to the nuclear industry, the scholarships provide an award of $4,500 annually for a two-year period.
“The NRC’s scholarship support of this minor is a significant boost for students who desire to be a part of the nuclear power generation industry,” said Bill Goodwin, program director. “It’s not about making nuclear engineers; it’s about equipping Auburn engineering students with the tools and skill set to succeed in the nuclear power generation industry. The NRC’s funding will make this vision a reality for a number of Auburn students.”
The nuclear power generation systems minor is a 16-hour curriculum that offers students a hands-on education with emphasis on regulation, safety, reliability and dependability, as well as engineering construction practices and systems operation and maintenance.
As the nation’s nuclear regulating agency, the NRC provides funding for education in nuclear science and engineering in order to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation and regulation of nuclear facilities, as well as the safe handling of nuclear materials. Consequently, recipients of NRC scholarships are required to serve six months in nuclear-related employment for each full or partial year of academic support they receive.
(Contributed by Beth Smith.)