University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK), Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE) Dr. Ondřej Chvála Research Assistant Professor

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Dr. Ondřej Chvála

Research Assistant Professor

ochvala@utk.edu

University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK),

Department of Nuclear Engineering (NE)

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UTK NE Department History

Department

founded in 1957, the oldest NE Department.

Produced over 1200 graduates in past 57 years

Offer BS, MS, PhD degrees in two tracks

Traditional nuclear power engineering

Radiological engineering (health physics and medical physics)

Offer three graduate certificates

Nuclear Criticality Safety

Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME)

Nuclear Security Science and Analysis

Close collaboration with nearby nuclear complex in Oak Ridge

Strategic Plan and Annual Report are online at

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NE Accomplishments - 5 Years

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Undergraduate Education:

BS Enrollment increased 20%.

Degrees up by 40%.

Graduate Education:

PhD Enrollment increased by 230%.

Degrees by 200%

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 24 30 37 44 47 61 101

Nuclear Engineering

PhD Enrollment

Fiscal year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 4 5 6 10 8 12

Nuclear Engineering

PhD Degrees Granted

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 36 36 30 42 56 51

Nuclear Engineering

BS Degrees Granted

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UTK NE Still Ranked #5

Rank School Score College Enrollment #1 University of Michigan— Ann Arbor 4.8 3,212 #2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4.7 3,143 #3 Texas A&M University— College Station (Look) 4.3 3,379 #3 University of Wisconsin— Madison 4.3 2,037 #5 Pennsylvania State University— University Park 3.9 1,652 #5 University of Tennessee— Knoxville 3.9 996 #5 Georgia Institute of Technology 3.9 6,136 #8 University of California— Berkeley 3.7 1,936 #8 North Carolina State University 3.7 3,159 #10 University of Illinois— Urbana- Champaign 3.5 3,316

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Student Data

Fall 2014 enrollment: 343 students

201 BS, 33 MS, and 101 PhD

Second largest NE program in the U.S. based on enrollment

93% U.S. citizens; 17% female

Graduate students

~ 19% distance

~ 33% MS students, ~67% PhD students

FY 2014 graduates: 87 (BS: 51, MS: 24, PhD:12)

Most PhD students ever graduated and enrolled.

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 36 36 30 42 56 51

Nuclear Engineering

BS Degrees Granted

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 4 5 6 10 8 12

Nuclear Engineering

PhD Degrees Granted

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 15 11 17 22 25 24

Nuclear Engineering

MS Degrees Granted

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UT Nuclear Engineering Fall Semester Enrollment

for the Past Decade

40 New graduate students Fall 2014!

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 13 0 148 156 16 1 14 0 168 18 4 22 2 22 4 21 1 20 1 46 63 62 66 77 78 98 11 3 11 3 13 9 13 4

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UT Nuclear Engineering Fall Semester Enrollment

for the Past Decade

40 New graduate students Fall 2014!

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 161 140 168 184 222 224 211 201 45 53 48 61 69 66 59 33 21 24 30 37 44 47 80 101 PhD MS UG

UTNE Enrollment

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Select Student Awards

NEUP Undergraduate Scholarships – 11 of 59, (most of any university)

Sarah Combee, Kaitlyn Darby, Travis Labossiere-Hickman, Tucker McClanahan,

Danielle McFall, Gregory Meinweiser, Mikah Rust, Whitney Smith and Alyxandria

Wszolek

NEUP Graduate Fellowships – 3 of 33, (most of any university)

Kaitlyn Darby, Cody Walker, and Cody Wiggins.

8 individual awards at ANS Student Conference at TAMU

Jerrad Auxier, Seth Langford, Hannah Hale, Justin Knowles, Remy Devoe, Kelsa

Benensky

13 winning 2015-2016 ANS Scholarships

Alyx Wyzolek, Saya Rutheford, Ashlyn Jones, Travis Laboissiere-Hickman, Erik Walker,

Zach Welz, Austin Mullen, Adam Stratz, Rachel Gaudet, Carl Britt, Colton Oldham,

Adam Stratz, and Dane de Wet

Several Other Prestigious Fellowships:

Kelsa Benensky: NASA Space Technologies Research Fellowship

Pi-En Tsai, Rising Stars in Nuclear Science and Engineering Symposium, (MIT).

Tracey Wellington, NNSA graduate program fellow

Remy DeVoe, NNSA graduate program fellow

Fareed Yassin, NNSA graduate program fellow

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Exit Interview Employment Data

17 11 7 2 Grad School Industry Searching Not looking

Employment

37 graduating in May

46% to graduate school

30% with employment

19% looking for jobs

6% not looking

Grades

Graduate School: 3.79 ± .16

Employment: 3.42 ± .45

Still Looking: 2.91 ± .40

UTNE Grad school: 3.84 ± .1

3.99, 3.95, 3.94, 3.92, 3.83, 3.82,

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Coal Power Plant

Not so clean energy

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Official Planning begun (227,776 GSF).

New Facilities will house

Nuclear Engineering

: 38,000 NSF

Engineering Fundamentals: 43,740 NSF

Additional Research Labs: 43,540 NSF

Projected cost ~ $100M

Will sit in Estabrook/Pasqua footprint

Plans for New Engineering Complex

38,000 NASF

13,000+5,000 NASF

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NE Space Allocations

Offices

32 Faculty offices

20 post doc offices

15 graduate offices for 90 funded students

Staff Offices, clerical and reception areas

Classrooms (80, 40, 30 person)

Meeting rooms, conference rooms, collaboration

areas, lounges, break areas, student study areas, etc.

Electronics and mechanical shops

23 State-of-the-art laboratories

Goal: Provide

state of the art

Nuclear Engineering facilities with

unique

research capabilities

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LABS Space [ft^2]

Research Laboratory 1 Materials Characterization Lab 336 Research Laboratory 2 Industrial Wet Lab 672 Research Laboratory 3 Industrial Dry Lab 672 Research Laboratory 4 Ruggles High Bay (30' ceiling) 1344 Research Laboratory 5 Secure Human Factors 336 Research Laboratory 6 Instrumentation Development I 672 Research Laboratory 7 Instrumentation Characterization II 672 Research Laboratory 8 Materials Testing and Assessment 672 Research Laboratory 9 Department Radiation Instrumentation 672 Research Laboratory 10 Department Wet Chemistry 672 Research Laboratory 11 Neutron Detection 336 Research Laboratory 12 Nuclear Forensics Mass Spec 1024 Research Laboratory 13 Secure Work Space 672 Research Laboratory 14 Physical Security Research Lab 1024 Research Laboratory 15 Treaty Verification Lab 672 Research Laboratory 16 General Laboratory 672 Research Laboratory 17 Radioactive Material Storage 200 Research Laboratory 18 Graphite Pile 1024 Research Laboratory 19 Accelerator Room 1024 Teaching Laboratory 20 Teaching Instrumentation Laboratory 672 Teaching Laboratory 21 Computer Server Laboratory 672 Teaching Laboratory 22 Radiochemistry Teaching Laboratory 1024 Teaching Laboratory 23 Rx Simulator Lab 1024 Total Space 16,560

SHOPS

Electronics and Design Shop with storage closet 600 Machine Shop with storage closet 600

Radiochemistry

Power Plant Simulator

Graphite Pile and n

Generator

Physical Security

Accelerator Room

Nuclear Instrumentation

Materials

Characterization

Wet Chemistry

New NE Laboratories Programmed

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Research Focus Areas

Nuclear Reactor Fuels and Materials

Grossbeck, Juslin, Lang, Maldonado, Shim, Wirth, Xu, Zinkle

Nuclear Security

Hall, Hayward, Heilbronn, Lukosi, Miller, Skutnik, Stainback

Radiological Sciences and Health Physics

Heilbronn, Hayward, Lukosi, Miller, Townsend

Nuclear I&C, Reliability, and Safety

Coble, Gribok, Hines, Ruggles, Sharp, Upadhyaya

Nuclear Fuel Cycles

Chvala, Maldonado, Miller, Skutnik

Nuclear Fusion Technology

Donovan, Wirth, Zinkle

Advanced Modeling and Simulation

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CTU KJR – UTK NE student exchanges

Emily Frame: UTK Bc student now at KJR for 3 semesters .

Filip Fejt: KJR PhD student, was a visiting scholar at UTK NE

for 6 months on IAEA fellowship, VVER & VR1 modeling.

Michaela Vaitová: CTU Department of Concrete PhD student,

was IAEA fellows at UTK NE and ORNL for 3 months, radiation

and temperature aging of concrete.

Ondřej Novák: KJR MS student, IAEA fellow for 6 months at

UTK NE, VVER benchmark & JETE modeling.

Jiří Hoskovec: KJR MS student, IAEA fellow for 6 months at

UTK NE, VVER fuel cycle optimization.

Ludmila Šámalová: KJR MS student, IAEA fellow for 6 months

at UTK NE, nuclear power plant economic estimations using

G4-ECONS method.

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CTU KJR – UTK NE collaborative research

VVER depletion, benchmarking, and fuel cycle optimization.

VR1 3D kinetics in NESTLE for transient analysis.

VR1 neutron noise / coolant temperature correlation to

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CTU student opportunities at UTK NE / ORNL

Participate at a common research project at CTU.

Exchange students as a part of Bc./M.Sc/Ph.D. study.

Research fellows: funded by IAEA or otherwise.

Come over to UTK for a graduate degree – most likely Ph.D.

after obtaining M.Sc. at CTU or elsewhere.

http://gradschool.utk.edu/

Postdoctoral fellowships – more common at ORNL. Often

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