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Name: todd h uzzell
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Age: N/A
Location: N/A
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Date: Around 1993


Question:
I am interested in a career in nuclear engineering. However, I am concerned about the current status of nuclear engineering research. In light of the nations policy on nuclear power, are there many significant research opportunities that are on the cutting edge? I am familiar with fusion research, but I am interested in research that has a more foreseeable application in society.



Replies:
So you are studying engineering at Purdue. I graduated from Purdue with a MS and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. You should make an appointment to talk with Dr. Incropera, the Mechanical Engineering chairman. He could give you some more insights into the field. However, he would probably talk you into studying mechanical engineering, which is the same thing that I am going to do. As a mechanical engineering major with an interest in nuclear engineering, you could spend whatever electives that you have available taking nuclear engineering courses but have the flexibility that a degree in mechanical engineering gives you. I am not saying that the nuclear engi- neering degree is inflexible, but when you have it people expect you to be working in nuclear engineering, whether or not there happen to be jobs in that area. I my opinion, we (United States citizens and legislator are near sighted when we fail to support research in nuclear energy. In the end we will be buying the technology from France. Like I said earlier study mechanical engineering and pay attention especially to the thermal fluids, heat transfer and controls topics. Those are the fundamental for any power plant engineer.

david r munoz


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