The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University is committed to maintaining its rich history by strengthening its prominent nuclear engineering program. This proposal describes a plan to create graduate fellowships in nuclear engineering utilizing funds from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Nuclear Education Program Fellowship Grant Program. One fellowship will be for a four year period with beginning in Fall 2018 semester and continuing through the Spring 2022 semester. This amount is approximately equivalent to our graduate research assistant support and with additional funds provided by our cost match will provide two fellows with full four-year support with full tuition and fees coverage and majority funding in the summer. Recipients will be selected based on prior academic performance as demonstrated in their application to graduate school. Consideration will also be given to minorities and women to encourage them to enter our nuclear engineering graduate program. Our Department contains both mechanical and nuclear engineering programs with separate and distinct degree programs in each of the two areas. Penn State offers the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis options), the Master of Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in nuclear engineering. There are currently 41 resident graduate students enrolled in nuclear engineering at Penn State University Park. In addition, there are 48 students taking courses through our nuclear engineering distance learning program, seeking a master of engineering degree. Distance graduate students do not receive any financial aid. Of the 41 on-campus nuclear engineering graduate students, 27 are doctoral students and 14 are M.S. students. Our graduate program’s size, coupled with our strong curriculum in nuclear power, means each year Penn State produces a large number of new engineers that enter the nuclear power workforce. Last year Penn State awarded 14 M.Eng., 7 M.S., and 6 Ph.D degrees in nuclear engineering. Our MS, MEng and PhD graduates are highly recruited by all sectors associated with nuclear power, including vendors, utilities, national laboratories, academia, and government agencies.
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- U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: $400,000.00