NC State to host American Nuclear Society student conference

Department of Energy funding will include an upgrade to the PULSTAR reactor operated by the Department of Nuclear Engineering in Burlington Nuclear Engineering Lab.

NC State’s student chapter of the American Nuclear Society will host the organization’s 2020 annual student conference March 26-28 in Raleigh.

The theme of the conference, which will be held at the Raleigh Marriott City Center on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, will be “Enlighten. Embrace. Empower.”

The conference will include an opening dinner, keynote speakers, panels, technical sessions, poster sessions, a career fair and tours of nuclear facilities both on and off campus.

Participants will have an opportunity to tour the Department of Nuclear Engineering’s one-megawatt PULSTAR research reactor. Off-campus tours include trips to Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory on the Duke University campus in Durham, NC; Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant near Raleigh; and the GE-Hitachi Fuel Fabrication Facility in Wilmington, NC.

Conference organizers expect 400 students and 100 professionals to attend. The conference is the largest single gathering of students studying nuclear science and technology.

In thinking about a theme, the conference organizing committee hopes to:

“Enlighten ourselves about nuclear science and technology as we share and contribute to the field”

“Embrace nuclear science and technology … to support our industry by contributing knowledge and impacting the next frontiers”

“Empower ourselves and others with knowledge and enthusiasm for the impact made by nuclear technologies of the past, present and future.”

NC State’s Department of Nuclear Engineering will mark its 70th anniversary in 2020. The department, which was ranked third nationally in the most recent US News & World Report list of top graduate nuclear engineering programs, is a national leader in nuclear engineering teaching, research and extension. The department is home to the first Ph.D. program in nuclear engineering in the United States and the world’s first research nuclear reactor at an academic institution.

For more information, send an email to the planning committee at