Virginia Tech receives grant for nuclear education

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Virginia Tech’s graduate nuclear engineering certificate program has received a $65,527 grant, Sen. Jim Webb announced Wednesday.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission grant will help complete the online curriculum required for the certificate program by adding courses in Nuclear Reactor Analysis and Nuclear Fuel Cycle (including aspects of nuclear safeguards and nonproliferation).

The online nuclear engineering graduate certificate will be offered nationwide to increase the work-force pool for engineers already in the nuclear industry and by supporting the transfer of engineers from the non-nuclear engineering industry into nuclear engineering-related firms.

Virginia Tech will design and offer a non-credit refresher course in engineering mathematics for those returning to school.

“Nuclear engineering training programs at universities such as Virginia Tech can help move the United States toward clean, carbon-free sources of energy and strengthen our workforce with high-paying jobs on U.S. soil,” Webb said in a statement.

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