USU soon to begin work on nuclear experiment

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Utah State University will soon begin conducting an experiment on nuclear energy along with three other schools.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory selected USU, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California-Santa Barbara and the University of Wisconsin for the project. Its goal is to look at irradiation in a test reactor. USU will investigate the responses of certain metal alloys to radiation.

“As a university, we have grown significantly in the area of nuclear engineering research,” said Heng Ban, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering who is leading the USU experiment. “Receiving this award reinforces our prominence and is a testament to our intellectual and technological leadership in this area of research. The project provides faculty and students an opportunity to use the state-of-the art-facilities at INL to conduct scientific research with INL engineers and scientists. The experience strengthens USU’s nuclear research capability.”


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