Texas A&M University-Kingsville Texas A&M-Kingsville College of Engineering receives funding for nuclear engineering doctoral fellowships
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Texas A&M-Kingsville College of Engineering receives funding for nuclear engineering doctoral fellowships

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017

The Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville recently received funding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to fund the Nuclear Doctoral Fellowship Program. The university will receive $400,000 over the next four years to fund fellowships for students in the sustainable energy systems or environmental engineering doctoral programs.

The principal investigator of the program is Dr. Xue Yang, assistant professor in the mechanical and industrial engineering department. He said a total of five students will receive the fellowship over the four-year period. If chosen, the students will receive a monthly stipend for the fellowship with tuition paid for two years. After that, the College of Engineering will provide a monthly stipend and free tuition for an additional two years.

The grant also will pay for conference travel for the fellows, Yang said.

Up to two fellowships per year will be awarded. The positions are open to current and future doctoral students in the sustainable energy systems and environmental programs who are or will be doing nuclear related dissertations.

The fellowships are open to United States citizens, permanent residents or noncitizen nationals. Applicants must have at least a 3.3 grade point average and make a commitment to serve one year in nuclear-related employment in the United States after graduation.

Nuclear projects at Texas A&M-Kingsville include neutronics, thermal-hydraulics, advanced reactors, material erosion by ions, radiation dosimetry and environmental protection and restoration at uranium mining sites.

The NRC awarded 46 individual grants totaling $15 million to 35 academic institutions this year. The grants are used for scholarships, fellowships and faculty development. Congress authorized the NRC to provide federal funding opportunities to qualified academic institutions to encourage careers and research in nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering, health, physics and related fields to meet expected future workforce needs.


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