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Title: Report to DOE and Exelon Corporation: Matching Grant Program for the Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Abstract

The DOE Industry Matching Grant Program, which began in 1992, is designed to encourage collaborative support for nuclear engineering education as well as research between the nation's nuclear industry and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Over the past two decades nuclear engineering programs in the United States have witnessed a serious decline in student enrollments, number of faculty members and support from their host universities. Despite this decline, the discipline of nuclear engineering remains important to the advancement of the mission goals of the U.S. Department of Energy. These academic programs are also critically important in maintaining a viable workforce for the nation's nuclear industry. As conceived by Commonwealth Edison, this program has focused on creating a partnership between DOE and private sector businesses, which employ nuclear engineers. The program is designed to ensure that academic programs in nuclear engineering are maintained and enhanced in universities throughout the United States.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
798467
DOE Contract Number:
FG02-95NE38101; FG02-92ER75725
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 18 Feb 2002; PBD: 18 Feb 2002
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; EDUCATION; ENGINEERS; NUCLEAR ENGINEERING; NUCLEAR INDUSTRY

Citation Formats

Corradini, Michael L. Report to DOE and Exelon Corporation: Matching Grant Program for the Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. United States: N. p., 2002. Web. doi:10.2172/798467.
Corradini, Michael L. Report to DOE and Exelon Corporation: Matching Grant Program for the Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison. United States. doi:10.2172/798467.
Corradini, Michael L. Mon . "Report to DOE and Exelon Corporation: Matching Grant Program for the Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Wisconsin, Madison". United States. doi:10.2172/798467. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/798467.
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abstractNote = {The DOE Industry Matching Grant Program, which began in 1992, is designed to encourage collaborative support for nuclear engineering education as well as research between the nation's nuclear industry and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Over the past two decades nuclear engineering programs in the United States have witnessed a serious decline in student enrollments, number of faculty members and support from their host universities. Despite this decline, the discipline of nuclear engineering remains important to the advancement of the mission goals of the U.S. Department of Energy. These academic programs are also critically important in maintaining a viable workforce for the nation's nuclear industry. As conceived by Commonwealth Edison, this program has focused on creating a partnership between DOE and private sector businesses, which employ nuclear engineers. The program is designed to ensure that academic programs in nuclear engineering are maintained and enhanced in universities throughout the United States.},
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