Tuesday, September 16, 2008
ORANGEBURG, S.C. - SC State’s Nuclear Engineering program has recently been accredited by the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), a non-profit organization that serves the public by accrediting United States postsecondary degree programs in applied sciences, computing, engineering, and technology.
The Program, which originally began in 2002, is the first new nuclear engineering program accredited in the United States in the last 30 years. Additionally it’s the first engineering program of any kind to become accredited at an HBCU in South Carolina. “This historic event was made possible through a collaborative partnership of academy, industry and government,” said Dr. Kenneth D. Lewis, dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technology.
Through a joint agreement, SC State students majoring in nuclear engineering, receive training from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Students are required to complete their studies in three years at SC State and one year at the University of Wisconsin.
Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services at the Y-12 National Security Complex has supplied a large amount of funding to support loaned personnel. Since 2004, the company has also provided radiation detection equipment through its Mentor Protégé program. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has also supported the nuclear engineering program through scholarships and faculty supported grants since 2002.