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Nuclear Science and Engineering

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Nuclear Energy Research and Development at the University of Tennessee

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31 December 2024

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Nicholas R. Brown, University of Tennessee
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Nuclear Energy Research and Development at the University of Tennessee

Nuclear Science and Engineering was the first nuclear engineering journal, established in 1956. Similarly, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Nuclear Engineering Department was the first standalone Nuclear Engineering Department in the United States and was established in 1957. The University of Tennessee is one of the top ranked Nuclear Engineering Departments in the world and is the workforce development partner of nuclear energy innovation in Tennessee.

The mission of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as an integral part of our land-grant institution, is to provide exceptional and comprehensive education spanning the undergraduate to doctoral levels. Recent achievements include the introduction of new programs and research areas for our students, the recruitment of outstanding faculty, and a record-breaking $17 million in research expenditures during the academic year 2022-2023. The department's success is attributed to its exceptional faculty, unwavering support from the University administration and the State of Tennessee, competitive grants from federal agencies and industry, and collaboration with partners like Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Y-12 National Security Complex.

Tennessee stands as a national leader in nuclear energy research and development, hosting over 230 nuclear-related companies in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, with a significant concentration of more than 150 in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley. Local industry partners, including Kairos Power, X-energy, GE Hitachi, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, have a pressing demand for workforce development to ensure the successful execution of their projects. This article collection will highlight Research and Development focused on these partnerships.

Dr. Nicholas Brown is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Brown’s research group focuses on pragmatic interdisciplinary solutions to nuclear science and engineering challenges. He was previously a faculty member at Penn State University, an R&D staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a scientific staff member at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications including more than 100 journal articles and 2 book chapters. Dr. Brown has served as Chair of the Nuclear Installations Safety Division of the American Nuclear Society and in numerous other ANS roles throughout his career. He has had more than 25 grants and contracts as a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator, in addition to past technical leadership on several national laboratory projects. He is fundamentally dedicated to student success, creating an inclusive environment, and service. His recent honors and awards include the David Okrent Award and Landis Technical Achievement Awards from ANS and the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering Professional Promise in Research Award. Dr. Brown earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University.

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