Multidisciplinary engagement at research reactors: The NCSU PULSTAR

18th IGORR (International Group Operating Research Reactors) Conference
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The PULSTAR reactor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) went critical in 1972 and has been operating at one megawatt thermal since then. To enhance the engagement of the PULSTAR in the institutional mission of NCSU, a strategic plan with well-defined education, research and service/outreach objectives has been under implementation since 2002. The combination of capabilities and partnerships has resulted in significantly enhanced utilization levels of the PULSTAR, which now approach 10,000 user hours annually. According to the authors of this report, the PULSTAR has succeeded in meeting or exceeding institutional metrics for educational impact, multidisciplinary engagement, academic/scientific performance and the ability to be self-supporting.

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