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Are they ever going to open more reactor colleges?

  1. Jun 13, 2008 #1

    The question is. Are they ever going to open more Nuclear Engineering reactor colleges? I know in the WHOLE state of PA, there are "1" college and it's Penn State main campus. 0 are in NJ. 1 in NY but I think not sure might close out the reactor in NY. The college is Cornell in upstate. So after that, they are really none close by. Unless we travel south or south west. Not sure if they are any south. There is a college in Texas. I think it's called A&M, never been to Texas.
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  3. Jun 13, 2008 #2
    UF has a reactor. I used to walk past it every day. I believe their nuclear engineering program is fairly highly regarded as well.
  4. Jun 13, 2008 #3
    Hey jhicks,

    What does UF stand for and what state is it in?
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    Vanadium 50

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    "Reactor college" sounds a little like "barber college" or "clown college".

    It's not necessary for a university to have a reactor on site to have a healthy nuclear engineering program. A university can have a healthy aeronautical engineering program without owning its own fleet of airplanes, right? There are of course advantages to having one, but it's not strictly necessary.

    There are about 30 university owned reactors. Since there are about 50 states (some say 57), it shouldn't be surprising that most states have one or zero.

    Having to travel some distance to get a proper education is really nothing new.
  8. Jun 13, 2008 #7
    Then why did I only found one college in PA for Nuclear Engineering and it's Penn State? What colleges in PA offers Nuclear Engineering besides Penn State?

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    There is a difference between a school that offers a nuclear engineering degree and one with a reactor. University of Illinois has a degree program, but no reactor (any more). Reed College has a reactor, but no engineering degree program.

    The market for nuclear engineers is much, much smaller than that for EE's. How many schools in Pennsylvania offer a BSEE? Penn, Penn State, Carnegie-Mellon, Layfette, Drexel and maybe some other. Perhaps eight? Maybe ten? Out of maybe 150 or 200 colleges and universities?
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  11. Jun 17, 2008 #10
    Penn State is the only college in PA with a nuclear engineering program
  12. Jun 17, 2008 #11
    I think misinformed eco activists and such have pushed the field of nuclear physics into a decline.
  13. Jun 17, 2008 #12
    I usually blame the entrenched oil oligarchy.
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