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The MeV Summer School is intended to improve the training of engineers and applied scientists involved in the design, licensing and operation of a 21st century nuclear energy industry through a multi-faceted learning approach of lectures, tours, and hands-on activities. The school is being organized through the cooperation of national laboratories, industry, government agencies, and universities that share the goal of building a strong workforce to support global nuclear expansion. The 2016 MeV school will be hosted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The faculty will be drawn from the top experts in academia, industry, and government. The general organization and conduct of the school will be overseen by an international board of senior experts. A local secretariat will provide technical, logistical and administrative support to students and faculty.
The MeV Summer School will provide early career engineers and scientists with advanced studies in integrated modeling, experimentation, and validation to develop an understanding of the current and future challenges facing nuclear energy advancement. Successful students will leave with a holistic, forward-looking view of MeV that cannot be provided by any other current curriculum. The school provides a forum for drawing the best topical expertise from around the globe. It is the aim of the school to foster the development of a next-generation network of scientists and engineers capable of advancing nuclear energy in the 21st century through integrated modeling and experimentation. The MeV Summer School integrates a wide range of teaching and mentoring expertise, deeply underpinned by knowledge, skills, and experience.
The 2016 central theme is addressing nuclear fuel and structural materials challenges for current and future fuel cycle technologies. Within the scope of the two week school, the following topics will be addressed in an integrated fashion:
- Fundamentals of radiation damage and degradation in nuclear fuels and materials;
- Coupling multiscale and multiphysics through advanced modeling and simulation techniques;
- Irradiation testing and post-irradiation examination techniques and capabilities;
- Pressing issues related to enhanced safety and sustainability for existing light water reactors (LWRs);
- Fuel cycle technologies, issues, and outlook;
- Fuels and materials challenges towards implementation of advanced reactor designs; and
- Emerging and transformational technologies for nuclear energy.
Students are grouped in teams to work on course assignments that build on the lecture materials and address challenging questions. Each team will be working closely with and mentored by senior scientists and professors who are leaders in their respective fields. The school will provide and opportunity for students to cultivate a solid theoretical foundation and to be exposed to examples of current research challenges to guide their future work on experimental design, model development, and validation. The courses are designed to broaden student knowledge and equip them with a comprehensive understanding of nuclear fuels and materials for current and future nuclear energy applications. An integrated toolbox of modeling and experimentation will be developed with an emphasis on developing skills for critical thinking leading to impactful research and development.
Throughout the school, students have an opportunity to interact with school lecturers and senior scientists from academia, government agencies and laboratories, and industry. A student booklet will be prepared introducing each student's research, allowing the students to obtain feedback and input from prominent experts/lecturers and facilitating student-student interactions and networking. The program will also a panel discussion of experts to foster discourse on exciting topics presented in the curriculum. The panel will be open for questions/answers and interaction with the panelists. The classroom instruction will be augmented by tours and hands on activities to link the classroom material to practical research. Potential tours and activities include a tour of the High Flux Isotope Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and experiencing hot cell activities within a mock-up hot cell facility.
A certificate of graduation will be awarded for the successful completion of the MeV Summer School. Graduate credit will be awarded for the successful completion of the MeV Summer School, upon request, and at additional cost to the student.