A Focus on Emerging Nuclear Engineering Technologies
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Radiation engineering has become a gateway for advanced technology, especially in advanced manufacturing, processing industries, reliability and risk assessment, and environmental engineering. The Graduate Program in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Maryland has made a national impact with its radiation engineering programs in safety/environmental effects, electronic packaging and materials, and manufacturing of advanced polymers and composites.
Our radiation engineering program covers a wide range of projects which include radiation and environmental effects on electronic materials, radiation curable polymer-fiber composite applications in the aerospace industries, radiation processing dosimetry, neutron dosimetry, and nuclear medicine.
In recent years, radiation engineering—using the ionizing radiation in the fields of advanced manufacturing and processing industries, reliability and risk assessment, environmental engineering, medical therapy, corrosion in nuclear reactor plants, and sterilization—has become a vital field. Growing interest in industry and a need for establishing strong and collaborative research programs has led to significant cooperative efforts between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland.
Concerns that chlorinated organic compounds are causing cancer in adults and adverse health and reproductive effects in the offspring of both humans and wildlife are also growing. Today, there are about 15,000 chlorinated compounds in commerce. They include pesticides, pharmaceutical, disinfectants for drinking water, and many modern consumer products such as items made of polyvinylchloride (PVC). The interaction of electron beams with chlorinated compounds has been shown to be a viable method for rapid dissolution. This method, as well as others, will be emphasized by the program.