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Title: Education in a rapidly advancing technology: Accelerators and beams

Abstract

The field of accelerators and beams (A and B) is one of today's fast changing technologies. Because university faculties have not been able to keep pace with the associated advancing knowledge, universities have not been able to play their traditional role of educating the scientists and engineers needed to sustain this technology for use in science, industry, commerce, and defense. This problem for A and B is described and addressed. The solution proposed, a type of ''distance'' education, is the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) created in the early 1980s. USPAS provides the universities with a means of serving the education needs of the institutions using A and B, primarily but not exclusively the national laboratories. The field of A and B is briefly summarized. The need for education outside the university framework, the raison d'etre for USPAS, the USPAS method, program structure, and curriculum, and particular USPAS-university connections are explained. The management of USPAS is analyzed, including its unique administrative structure, its institutional ties, and its operations, finance, marketing, and governmental relations. USPAS performance over the years is documented and a business assessment is made. Finally, there is a brief discussion of the future potential for this type ofmore » educational program, including possible extrapolation to new areas and/or different environments, in particular, its extra-government potential and its international possibilities. (c) 2000 American Association of Physics Teachers.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Brookhaven National Laboratory/US Particle Accelerator School, Building 902A, Upton, New York 11973-5000 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
20216356
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: American Journal of Physics; Journal Volume: 68; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: PBD: Jun 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; REVIEWS; ACCELERATORS; BEAM PRODUCTION; BEAM OPTICS; PARTICLE BEAMS; LEARNING; EDUCATIONAL TOOLS; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; THEORETICAL DATA

Citation Formats

Month, Mel. Education in a rapidly advancing technology: Accelerators and beams. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1119/1.19484.
Month, Mel. Education in a rapidly advancing technology: Accelerators and beams. United States. doi:10.1119/1.19484.
Month, Mel. Thu . "Education in a rapidly advancing technology: Accelerators and beams". United States. doi:10.1119/1.19484.
@article{osti_20216356,
title = {Education in a rapidly advancing technology: Accelerators and beams},
author = {Month, Mel},
abstractNote = {The field of accelerators and beams (A and B) is one of today's fast changing technologies. Because university faculties have not been able to keep pace with the associated advancing knowledge, universities have not been able to play their traditional role of educating the scientists and engineers needed to sustain this technology for use in science, industry, commerce, and defense. This problem for A and B is described and addressed. The solution proposed, a type of ''distance'' education, is the U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) created in the early 1980s. USPAS provides the universities with a means of serving the education needs of the institutions using A and B, primarily but not exclusively the national laboratories. The field of A and B is briefly summarized. The need for education outside the university framework, the raison d'etre for USPAS, the USPAS method, program structure, and curriculum, and particular USPAS-university connections are explained. The management of USPAS is analyzed, including its unique administrative structure, its institutional ties, and its operations, finance, marketing, and governmental relations. USPAS performance over the years is documented and a business assessment is made. Finally, there is a brief discussion of the future potential for this type of educational program, including possible extrapolation to new areas and/or different environments, in particular, its extra-government potential and its international possibilities. (c) 2000 American Association of Physics Teachers.},
doi = {10.1119/1.19484},
journal = {American Journal of Physics},
number = 6,
volume = 68,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2000},
month = {Thu Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2000}
}
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