Under this project, GWU and VT organized the first International Workshop on US-Ukraine Cooperation on Education in Advanced Nuclear Science and Engineering (August 8-9, 2019). Click here for further information on this workshop.
George Washington University (GWU) Physics Department and Virginia Tech (VT) Nuclear Engineering Program have received funding from DOE to develop curricula for the Nuclear Education Hub (NEH) to train Ukrainian citizens in Nuclear Science and Engineering. NEH has two-pronged objective:
- * US-Ukraine faculty exchange and enrichment in nuclear science and engineering education and program development;
- * Offering degrees, workshops, and summer schools for training and recruitment of Ukrainian students.
NEH is a unique partnership that offers graduate-level degrees in both Nuclear Science (by GWU) and Nuclear Engineering (by VT). Ukrainian students will be enrolled into existing graduate degree and Certificate programs at both institutions.
Workshop (August 8-9, 2019)
1. Organization & Schedule
2. Summary report
The workshop was opened by a brief welcome message by the organizers, Prof. Andrei Afanasev (GWU) and Prof. Alireza Haghighat (VT). This was followed by a statement by His Excellency Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States, Mr. Valeriy Chaly. Ambassador Chaly emphasized the importance of developing a strong collaboration between US and Ukraine in the nuclear field, in particular in the exchange of knowledge and technology for safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear energy and technology. The Ukrainian ambassador thanked the U.S. Department of Energy for many years of cooperation, in particular, to the DOE's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Energy Security and Multilateral Affairs, Dr. Tommy Joyce.
After introductory talks by Prof. William Briscoe (GWU) and Dr. Robert Emmet (VT) on each university's interest and engagement in international education and research, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Dr. Tommy Joyce, gave an opening remark on the importance of the NEH project in support of DOE's initiative on establishing a strong US-Ukraine collaboration, and promoting engagement of the US nuclear industry in Ukraine.
This was followed by talk by Prof. Oleksandr Bakai of National Science Center Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology (NSC KIPT) who gave an overview of the current status of the nuclear energy and technologies in the Ukraine. In the following talks the leadership of the Ukrainian universities that provide majority of Ukraine’s graduate in the field of nuclear science and engineering introduced their capabilities and discussed their needs and interests. The speakers included Profs. Vil Bakirov and Igor Girka of Karazin Kharkov National University, Prof. Sergii Pelykh of Odessa National Polytechnic University, Prof. Ihor Kadenko of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, and Prof. Yevgen Pysmennyy of Igor Sikorskiy Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
Then, Profs. Afanasev (GWU) and Haghighat (VT) overviewed the vision and mission of the NEH, and elaborated on the existing educational and existing research activities in the area of nuclear science (GWU) and nuclear engineering (VT). Prof. Timothy Kotek, former director of the University of Maryland (UMD) research reactor, gave a talk on the capabilities of the reactor and the UMD's interest in participating in the NEH activities. Dr. Newton, Director of NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), gave a talk on the capabilities of the Center and their interest in participating at the NEH activities. The first day of the workshop ended by a talk by Ms. Elizabeth Benavides, EPRI, who introduced a novel platform for distance training.
The 2nd day of the workshop was opened with a talk by Prof. Mykola Shulga, Director General of National Science Center KIPT, followed by a talk of Dr. Sergei Popov, Director of Personnel Training at Ukraine’s nuclear utility, NAEK Energoatom. Next, Dr. Igor Bolshinsky of Department of Energy gave an overview of NSC KIPT Neutron Source, a new major facility built in Ukraine with direct support from US. The workshop continued with presentations from US nuclear industry including Mr. Edward Pheil (Elysium), Mr. Seth Grae (Enfission), Mr. Tom Deponty (Framatome), Ms. Tammy Morin (Holtech Int), Dr. Everett Redmond (NEI), and Mr. Jeffrey Bradfute (Westinghouse), who voiced their approval for training workforce for nuclear industry and suggested specific forms of partnership with NEH project.
In the afternoon on the 2nd day, the participants visited the VT Northern Virginia Center (NVC). Prof. Kenneth Wong, Associate Dean of Graduate School, welcomed the participants, and discussed the university's ambitious expansion of its activities in the northern Virginia.
This was followed by Mr. Seth Grae on the Enfission's activities in the area of design, construction and deployment of advanced metallic fuels, and Prof. Haghighat who gave a talk on the RAPID code system and its VRS environment. After the talk, participants visited the MARS (Multiphysics for Advanced Reactor Simulation) Center, and Prof. Haghighat gave a demonstration of the VRS-RAPID web application for real-time simulation and visualization of nuclear systems, and Mr. Anze Pungercic (visiting scholar from the Jozef Stefan Institute of Slovenia) gave a demonstration of the JSI's TRIGA reactor simulator and virtual environment.
The workshop was concluded by Profs. Haghighat and Afanasev who gave a summary of the workshop and offered a path forward that resulted in discussions and a number of recommendations including organization of a follow-up meeting in Ukraine, later this year.
The participants agreed to formulate a Joint Statement of the workshop to be released in the near future.
3. Workshop picture