2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nuclear Engineering

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H.L. Dodds, Head

Dodds, H.L. (IBM Professor), PhD, PE - Tennessee
Fontana, M.H. (Research), PhD, PE - Purdue
Ganapol, B.D. (Research), PhD - California (Berkeley)
Grossbeck, M.L. (Research), PhD - Illinois
Hall, H.L. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD - California (Berkeley)
Hines, J.W., MBA, PhD - Ohio State
Lillie, R.A. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Mihalczo, J.T. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Miller, L.F., PhD, PE - Texas A&M
Mynatt, F.R. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Ruggles, A.E., PhD - Rensselaer Polytechnic
Townsend, L.W., PhD - Idaho
Upadhyaya, B.R., PhD, PE - California (San Diego)
Associate Professors
Maldonado, G.I., PhD - North Carolina State
Pevey, R.E., MBA (Emory), PhD, PE - Tennessee
Assistant Professors
Gribok, A.V. (Research), PhD - IPPE (Russia)
Hayward, J.P., PhD - Michigan
Heilbronn, L.H., PhD - Michigan State
Liao, H., PhD - Rutgers
Moussa, H.M. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Stephan, A.C. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Adjunct Faculty
Bogard, J.G., PhD - Texas (Austin)
Cook, D.H., PhD - Tennessee
DeHart, M.D., PhD - Texas A&M
Gehin, J.C., PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Icenhour, A.S., PhD - Tennessee
Iverson, E.B., PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nichols, T.L., MD - Tennessee
Ramsey, C.R., PhD - Tennessee
Williams, M.L., PhD - Tennessee
Emeriti Faculty
Groer, P.G., PhD - Vienna (Austria)
Uhrig, R.E. (Distinguished Professor), PhD, PE - Iowa State

Nuclear engineering is the engineering discipline that focuses on the application of nuclear and atomic processes for the benefit of mankind and the environment. Radiological engineering is a specialty of nuclear engineering that addresses biological applications such as radiation safety (health physics). Some examples of nuclear and radiological engineering are production of electric power with essentially no air pollution, production of radioisotopes for medical and industrial uses, and development of radiation based methods for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The mission of the Nuclear Engineering Department is to

  • Produce high quality nuclear and radiological engineering graduates from undergraduate through the doctoral level in order to help meet the manpower needs of our state, region, nation, and the international community.
  • Conduct nuclear and radiological engineering related research to help meet the needs of society.
  • Perform service for industry, government, professional organizations, and the public in areas related to nuclear and radiological engineering.

The program for the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), which is described earlier in this catalog. The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science program are to

  • Provide students with fundamental knowledge in mathematics, computer science, the basic sciences, and the engineering sciences that is necessary to solve state-of-the-art problems in nuclear and radiological engineering.
  • Provide students with a real-world design and analysis experience in nuclear and radiological engineering that shall include environmental, societal, safety, and economic considerations.
  • Provide students with appropriate skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, laboratory work, problem solving and the use of modern engineering tools that will prepare them to work productively in a contemporary and global environment.
  • Provide students with a diverse general education in the humanities, ethics, and social sciences to compliment their technological education in order to understand and appreciate the importance of each in society and in personal development.
  • Foster a genuine desire for life-long learning in students.

Students majoring in nuclear engineering take courses in the basic sciences, engineering fundamentals, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and special areas of nuclear engineering including nuclear system design and safety; radiation transport and shielding; heat transfer and fluid flow; instrumentation and controls; fuel cycle and waste management; and health physics. Nuclear engineering students may concentrate in radiological engineering by substitution of two courses. The radiological engineering concentration also satisfies most of the requirements of pre-med, pre-vet, and pre-dentistry programs.

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