Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dotterweich College of Engineering Receives $226,000 Grant From Nuclear Regulatory Commission

KINGSVILLE - September 23, 2011

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received a $226,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that will establish a nuclear engineering minor program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering will work with other faculty members from the environmental engineering and electrical engineering departments to develop curriculum for the nuclear engineering minor, and a full minor study program is expected to be available beginning in the fall of 2012.

“That the Dotterweich College of Engineering was awarded the nationally-competitive NRC grant is a testament to the college’s ability to provide a high-quality program,” said Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, associate dean of the Dotterweich College of Engineering and a nuclear engineer.

Abdelrahman said students preparing for jobs in power plants—including coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants—can benefit from studying the basics of nuclear engineering.

“This will help us prepare well-rounded mechanical engineers who have a competitive edge,” Abdelrahman said. “Our program will help give students an advantage.”

Abdelrahman said two nuclear power plants in Texas—the South Texas Project, Unit 1 in Bay City and the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plan, Unit 1 in Glen Rose, near Fort Worth—serve as two potential employers for students.  

Faculty from disciplines across the engineering spectrum worked together on the NRC grant proposal, including Dr. Abdelrahman; Dr. Yousri Elkassabgi, Dr. Hyder Abdul-Razzak, Dr. Hong Zhou and Dr. Kai Jin from the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering;  and Dr. Lee Clapp from the Department of Environmental Engineering.

Undergraduate students from any engineering discipline will be able to enroll in the nuclear engineering courses, which will include introduction to nuclear engineering, computer applications in nuclear engineering, nuclear environmental protection and nuclear safety and reliability.                      
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