A new $129 million facility is being built here at UTK to house the nuclear engineering department, engineering fundamentals, and a number of labs and faciities for research. Construction on the new complex is expected to end in 2021, with space for new labs, offices and student meeting spaces.
In 2018, the Tickle College of Engineering and the Department of Nuclear Engineering were proud to report the largest ever nuclear engineering graduating PhD class with a whopping 24 graduates. To add context to this number, 132 graduate students were enrolled, meaning just over 18% of the enrolled students graduated in the past year. Prior to this, Texas A&M had the largest graduating class with 22 back in 2014. This marks a significant success in UTK NE's goal to continue to uphold the legacy of one of the best Nuclear Engineering programs in the country!
In addition to being a mean bowler, Jason Hayward, UCOR Fellow, is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee. Hayward holds joint faculty appointments with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the joint UTK-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research. He also serves as the Nuclear Engineering Graduate Program Chair and as the Deputy Executive Director for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium. Hayward is the recipient of a DOE Science CAREER award. ASEE has also recognized him with a New Faculty Research Award and as a ‘faculty under forty’ highlight. At UTK, he’s the recipient of a University Citation for Professional Promise in Research and Creative Achievement and a four time recipient of research awards in the College of Engineering. Hayward is an IEEE Senior Member and an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. He holds a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan. Prior to his time in academia, Hayward served as a U.S. Naval Officer for eight years. Dr. Hayward's research falls under the Nuclear Security & Physical Protection technical division of INMM
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