Varada Charyulu, Ph.D., Dean
Richard M. Wabrek, Associate Dean
Professors Naidu, Neill,
Robinson, Smedley, M. Smith,
Associate Professors Campo, G. Stuffle
Assistant Professors Crawford, Moore, Rao, Sadid Industry Shared Professor J. Smith
Affiliate Faculty Larson, Lineberry, Majumdar, Makowitz, Pumphrey, Smart Adjunct Faculty Sisson
Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Science and Engineering
The doctoral program administered by Idaho State University is tailored to the individual needs and background of the student. The detailed program of study for each Ph.D. student is formulated in consultation with an advisory committee which takes into consideration the objectives and preparation of the candidate.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is granted for proven ability and scholarly attainment and must include recognized ability for independent investigation. Since it is a research degree, it is not granted solely on the completion of a certain number of credits, and therefore, there are no fixed credit requirements for the degree. Credits for the dissertation and the research on which it is based shall comprise a substantial portion of the program and will involve original and/or creative work.
Graduate School and College of Engineering requirements for admission include submission of application form and fee, transcripts, and results of GRE and TOEFL examinations. Approval by the College of Engineering and Graduate School depends on undergraduate and graduate GPA and GRE and TOEFL scores (for foreign students) as well as other considerations, as appropriate.
An advisory committee consisting of Idaho State University graduate faculty with the majority from the College of Engineering will be established for each student upon entry into the program. This committee will guide the student in establishing a program of course work and laboratory study based upon the results of the qualifying examination and personal interview. The program will ensure the student has adequate knowledge in each of the following areas as they apply to Nuclear Science and Engineering. These areas constitute the basic core curriculum associated with the degree.
l. Nuclear Science including among other aspects, reactor core design, fuel management, interaction of radiation with matter, etc.
2. Waste management and environmental concerns.
3. Heat transfer and fluid flow including two phase flow.
4. Kinetics and control systems.
5. Safety and regulations.
The qualifying examination normally taken during the first year will cover all of the above areas as well as the background material in physics, mathematics and engineering needed as a foundation in these areas. The program of study required by the advisory committee to remove deficiencies found in the qualifying examination may be completed by taking formal course work offered by Idaho State University or another qualified institution, or it may be completed by self study or experience. If completed by the latter two means, that portion of the qualifying examination indicating deficiencies must be repeated.
Rather than requiring competence in a foreign language, the advisory committee will require the candidate to prepare a special paper which will consist of a literature search and research proposal. The topic covered should be distinctly different from the proposed doctoral dissertation research topic. The paper will be evaluated by the advisory committee prior to the general examination (which will be devoted to the proposed dissertation topic).
The program will normally require the equivalent of three years of full-time study beyond the master's degree, including research and preparation of the dissertation. The research and preparation of the dissertation must be done under the close supervision of the advisory committee to ensure that the equivalent of one full year of work for the degree is performed under Idaho State University graduate faculty.
Master of Science in Engineering
The graduate program in the College of Engineering offers the student a choice of two majors for specialization at the master's level together with a breadth of courses to fit individual educational goals. The two majors are:
The number of required courses in each major has been kept to a minimum in order to allow the student the flexibility of broadening his own program of study within the bounds of the College of Engineering. The thesis project, required in either major, should consist of study and research which complements the course work selected.
The student must meet all of the requirements of the Graduate School for the Master of Science degree. With the assistance of the graduate faculty of the College of Engineering, the student shall select an advisory committee during the first semester of residence to help in planning a program of studies and research. The student should request admission to candidacy no later than the end of the second semester.
Nuclear Science and Engineering
The master's degree program in Nuclear Science and Engineering prepares the student for advance placement in the nuclear industry in commercial, research, or development areas. It provides in depth studies and advanced design concepts in several areas of modern nuclear science and engineering. It is also an excellent program of study for entering the Ph.D. program in Nuclear Science and Engineering.
ENGR 601 Nuclear Engineering Experiments 3 cr ENGR 604 Dynamics of Nuclear Systems 3 cr ENGR 605 Advanced Nuclear Engineering 3 cr Approved Engineering Electives 9 cr Approved Technical Electives 6 cr ENGR 650 Thesis 6 cr
Prerequisites to required courses may, in some cases, be taken as engineering or technical electives with the approval of the student's advisory committee.
Measurement and Control Engineering
The master's degree program in Measurement and Control Engineering fills a growing need in industry for engineers who can design and implement instrumentation and control systems for the increasingly complex manufacturing and production techniques being used today. With the introduction of microprocessors nearly everywhere, the advances in modern, as well as classical, measurement and control systems have far outpaced the traditional control courses. This program serves to fill the gap left in most traditional engineering curricula.
ENGR 642 Advanced Control Systems 3 cr ENGR 643 Advanced Measurement Methods 3 cr ENGR 644 Measurements and Controls Laboratory 3 cr Approved Engineering Electives 9 cr Approved Technical Electives 6 cr ENGR 650 Thesis 6 cr
Prerequisites to required courses may, in some cases, be taken as engineering or technical electives with the approval of the student's advisory committee.
Hazardous Waste Management
This program is designed to provide the student with a broad understanding of hazardous waste problems and how they can be remediated. The courses may be completed as an option in either Master of Science in Engineering degree or in an interdisciplinary master's degree program. In the interdisciplinary degree, students must select another area of emphasis such as business, biology, chemistry, geology or physics. Regulations governing the interdisciplinary master's degree program are included in the general regulations of the Graduate School elsewhere in this catalog. Further, the courses may be taken as a source of information by any qualified student. Other courses pertinent to this field are offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Geology. This program is jointly sponsored by the University of Idaho and many of the courses are cross listed.
To qualify for the statement, "Hazardous Waste Management Option" on the transcript, at least nine credits must be completed from the following list of courses and the student must enroll, and participate, in the seminar, ENGR 655 at least twice.
Hazardous Waste Management Courses
At least nine credits required for option
BIOS 587 Environmental Science and Pollutants 3 cr ENGR 570 Survey of Hazardous Waste Management 3 cr ENGR 606 Environmental Law and Regulations 3 cr ENGR 607 Hazardous Waste Management 3 cr ENGR 609 Treatment of Radioactive Waste 3 cr ENGR 612 Treatment of Hazardous Chemical Waste 3 cr ENGR 614 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation 3 cr ENGR 655 Hazardous Waste Management Seminar 1 cr
ENGR g415 Model Theory 3 credits. Theory of design and testing of scaled models of engineering systems. Principles of dimensional analysis and their applications to design of physical models. The course considers true and distorted models, linear and non-linear models, and analogies. Some laboratory work required. PREREQ: ENGR 321 AND ENGR 309.
ENGR g416 Thermal Power Cycles 3 credits. Application of thermodynamics to design systems for conversion of thermal energy to power by various power cycles. PREREQ: ENGR 264 AND ENGR 309.
ENGR g419 Alternative Energy Systems Design 3 credits. Fundamentals of non-traditional energy generation, conversion and conservation techniques covered. Design and application of small, dispersed systems emphasized. PREREQ: ENGR 313, 309 AND MATH 360; COREQ: ENGR 341.
ENGR g421 Advanced Engineering Analysis I 3 credits. Cross-listed as MATH g421. Analysis of complex linear and nonlinear engineering systems using advanced techniques including Laplace transforms, Fourier series and classical partial differential equations. PREREQ: MATH 360, ENGR 264.
ENGR g422 Advanced Engineering Analysis II 3 credits. Cross-listed as MATH g422. Analysis of complex linear and nonlinear engineering systems using advanced techniques, including probability and statistics, advanced numerical methods and variational calculus. PREREQ: ENGR g421 OR MATH g42l.
ENGR g426 Microprocessors 3 credits. Introduction to microprocessors, architecture, buses, memory types, programming models. Programming principles using machine and assembly languages, addressing modes, memory mapping, number representation and processing. Macros, assemblers, debuggers and disk-based systems. PREREQ: ENGR 374.
ENGR g427 Digital Systems Engineering 3 credits. Digital systems design using microprocessors and other LSI components. Input/output devices and methods. D/A and A/D conversion. Synchronization methods, interrupts. Data structures and organization. Practical aspects of real-time implementation. PREREQ: ENGR 426.
ENGR g431 Nuclear Reactor Analysis 3 credits. Physical principles underlying the design, use and operation of fission reactors. PREREQ: ENGR 264, ENGR 371; PHYS 301. COREQ: ENGR g421 OR MATH g42l.
ENGR g432 Nuclear Reactor Core Design 3 credits. Advanced techniques in nuclear reactor core design utilizing computer programs to calculate criticality, fuel burnup, core life, and plant economics. PREREQ: ENGR g431 AND ENGR g421 OR MATH g42l.
ENGR g433 Nuclear Reactor Laboratory l credit. Experimental measurements of nuclear properties and nuclear reactor characteristics. PREREQ: ENGR 431.
ENGR g444 Nuclear Fuel Cycles 3 credits. Exploration of the processes associated with nuclear fuel cycles including mining, fabrication, reprocessing, and disposal. PREREQ: ENGR 371, CHEM 316 318.
ENGR g451 Compressible Fluid Flow 3 credits. Fundamentals of compressible flow and gas dynamics, development of basic principles, practical applications. Techniques developed for isentropic friction, heat addition, isothermal flow, shock wave analysis, propagation, expansion waves, reflection waves. PREREQ: ENGR 309 AND ENGR 341.
ENGR g471 Nuclear Power Systems 3 credits. Nuclear reactor power plant design with emphasis on heat transfer and fluid flow in the primary and secondary systems. Design of components for reliability and safety will be stressed. PREREQ: ENGR 309, ENGR 371; COREQ: ENGR 431.
ENGR g473 Feedback Control Systems 3 credits. Application of linear analysis to the design of feedback control systems. Topics will include Routh's Criteria, Bode and Root Locus techniques as applied to the design process. PREREQ: ENGR 345.
ENGR g476 Heat Transfer 3 credits. Continuation of transport phenomena with emphasis on heat transfer. Conduction, convection, and radiation will be covered. Numerical solutions and equipment design emphasized. PREREQ: 264; COREQ: ENGR 309.
ENGR g478 Probabilistic Design 3 credits. Probabilistic methods applied to analysis and design. Setting probabilistic design objectives and calculating probabilistic performance emphasized. PREREQ: ENGR 264, MATH 360 AND SENIOR STANDING IN ENGINEERING.
ENGR g491 Seminar in Engineering 1 credit. A series of lectures on current topics in the literature by participants or guest lecturers chosen from industry. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR g493 Sampled Data Control Systems 3 credits. Design of linear time invariant control systems which incorporate discrete signal processing. Topics include Z-transforms, feedback control, digital filters and design with state variables. PREREQ: ENGR 473.
ENGR 501 Methods of Engineering 3 credits. Introduction to fundamental concepts of engineering as related to hazardous waste management. PREREQ: OPEN TO INTERDISCIPLINARY HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT STUDENTS WHO LACK AN ENGINEERING BACKGROUND. NOT COUNTED TOWARD GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS.
ENGR 504 Engineering Risk Assessment 3 credits. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to characterizing and controlling environmental pathways of contaminants. Risk assessment requirements and implications in Superfund projects for engineers working on remedial strategies. PREREQ: BIOS 521, CHEM 121 OR EQUIVALENT.
ENGR 511 Unit Operations for Environmental Engineering 3 credits. Fundamental principles of process utilized in physical, chemical, and biological treatment of wastes. Includes theoretical and applied aspects of mixing, flocculation, sedimentation, stripping and aeration, sorption, leading and extraction. PREREQ: ENGR 309, ENGR 341.
ENGR 570 Survey of Hazardous Waste Management Problems 3 credits. Environmental, technical, political and economic aspects of hazardous waste management. Credit not granted if UI ChE 570 or ISU ENGR 607 is taken. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 589 Principles of Hazardous Waste Site Remediation 3 credits. Restoration technologies for waste sites. Site characterization and clean-up methods for chemical, radioactive, mixed wastes in soils and water. Practical methodologies. Credit not granted if ENGR 614 taken. PREREQ: ENGR 570 OR ENGR 607.
ENGR 601 Nuclear Engineering Experiments 3 credits. Experimental verification of theoretical models will be stressed. Kinetic behavior, neuron spatial distribution, perturbation, and other characteristic equations will be investigated. PREREQ: ENGR 432 AND ENGR 433.
ENGR 604 Dynamic Behavior of Nuclear Systems 3 credits. Kinetic behavior of nuclear reactors including feedback effects of power transients, fuel burn up, coolant perturbations, etc. Mathematical models developed to predict both short and long term behavior. PREREQ: ENGR 432.
ENGR 605 Advanced Nuclear Engineering 3 credits. Detailed treatment of current, advanced nuclear power reactor designs. Emphasis on the inherent and engineered safety features and on advantages and disadvantages of each design. PREREQ: ENGR 604 AND ENGR 571.
ENGR 606 Environmental Law and Regulations 3 credits. Federal, state, local environmental regulations addressing environmental impact assessment; water and air pollution control, hazardous waste, resource recovery, reuses, toxic substances, occupational safety and health, radiation, siting, auditing, liability. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 607 Hazardous Waste Management 3 credits. Management of hazardous and solid wastes, emphasis on CERCLA (Superfund) process for cleanup of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and RECRA process applied to industrial treatment, storage, disposal (TSD) facilities. PREREQ: STATISTICS AND PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 608 Waste Treatment Technologies 3 credits. Procedures for characterization of hazardous waste sites, identification and application of physical, chemical, biological and thermal treatment. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 609 Treatment of Radioactive Waste 3 credits. Alternative Processes and operations for the treatment of radioactive wastes prior to long-term storage. PREREQ: MATH 360, ENGR 371 AND 607.
ENGR 612 Treatment of Hazardous Chemical Waste 3 credits. Alternative processes and operations for the treatment of hazardous chemicals. PREREQ: MATH 360, ENGR 607, AND COURSE IN UNIT OPERATIONS.
ENGR 614 Hazardous Waste Site Remediation 3 credits. Characterizing waste sites, application of physical, chemical, biological corrective actions, site restoration. Case studies illustrate corrective action and site restoration. PREREQ: ENGR 341, 607 AND COURSE IN FLUID FLOW THROUGH POROUS MEDIA.
ENGR 616 Special Application of Nuclear Energy 3 credits. Topics will include the use of isotopic power sources for remote systems, nuclear propulsion for earth and space vehicles, process heat sources, portable power plants, etc. Advances in related fields such as direct conversion gas turbines for high temperature application, etc. PREREQ: ENGR 476.
ENGR 617 Power Plant Engineering 3 credits. Detailed discussion of project engineering, safety and analysis licensing, and regulations that pertain to the procurement and operation of nuclear power systems. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 620 Radiation Health Physics and Safety 3 credits. Advanced health physics methods applied to nuclear plants. Radiation safety regulations and ALARA concept. Application of shielding codes to achieve compliance. PREREQ: ENGR 371 AND PHYS 532 OR EQUIVALENT.
ENGR 621 Shielding and Radiation Protection 3 credits. Analysis of materials for radiation shielding application, design of composite shields, duct streaming, buildup factors in shield design, and other topics. Shield requirements for instruments and personal protection. PREREQ: 471 OR EQUIVALENT.
ENGR 622 Introduction of Radioactive Waste Management 3 credits. Influence of public policy and waste physical form on the design criteria for waste management systems. PREREQ: ENGR 371 OR EQUIVALENT AND PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 623 Radioactive Waste Management 3 credits. Temporary and permanent storage requirements, radioactive waste identification, handling methods. PREREQ: ENGR 622.
ENGR 624 Reactor Safety 3 credits. Safety criteria involved in the safe design of nuclear reactor systems. Criticality safety as well as containment, handling, and analysis of potentially hazardous situations. PREREQ: ENGR 603.
ENGR 625 Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics 3 credits. Unified treatment of advanced heat transport in solids and fluids including boiling phenomena. PREREQ: ENGR 476, 461; MATH 360.
ENGR 626 Siting and Regulations 3 credits. Problems encountered in the location of large nuclear plants with regard to existing federal and state regulations. Regulatory practices and the responsibility of the engineer in designing for regulatory compliance.
ENGR 627 Computers in Nuclear Analysis, 3 credits. Large scale computational methods in reactor science, including multigroup diffusion, cross-section generation, fuel depletion, economics and heat transfer. Extensive use of computer required.
ENGR 628 Reliability and Risk Analysis 3 credits. Statistical and probabilistic methods of evaluating process and equipment reliability. Use of FMEA, fault tree techniques and Markov methods. Risk and efficacy assessment. PREREQ: ENGR g478 OR MATH g450.
ENGR 629 Advanced Topics in Reactor Safety 3 credits. Advanced study in reactor safety; probabilistic approach to safety and design. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 631-632 Advanced Reactor Physics 3 credits. Study of advanced theories used in the calculation of nuclear reactor parameters including such topics as the Boltzman transport equation with energy and space dependence multi-group, multi-region diffusion for reflected systems, perturbation theory, etc. Special emphasis will be given to the application of digital computers in nuclear reactor design problems. PREREQ: ENGR 432 OR EQUIVALENT.
ENGR 633 Controlled Thermonuclear Energy 3 credits. Theory of thermonuclear reactions, weakly ionized gases; Boltzmann theory; elementary plasma physics; and possible thermonuclear reactors. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 634 Intertial Confinement Controlled Fusion 3 credits. Advanced topics in inertial confinement fusion, including energy absorption and transport phenomena; stability of spherical implosion systems; laser and charged particle drivers and reactor designs. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 635 Magnetic Confinement Controlled Fusion 3 credits. Theory and design of magnetic fusion systems; instabilities; transport and design considerations associated with linear magnetic fusion systems; Tokamaks and mirror machines. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 639 System Analysis of Reactor Dynamics 3 credits. Selected topics in nuclear system dynamics, simulation, and control; content varies. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 640 System Modeling, Identification and Simulation 3 credits. Model development, off-line and on-line identification methods for engineering systems, diagnostic tests and model validation and analog and digital simulation methods. PREREQ: ENGR 493.
ENGR 642 Advanced Control Systems 3 credits. Study of advances in classical and modern control systems. Optimization, estimation and Eigenstructure control, with applications to nuclear, process and electrical industries. PREREQ: ENGR 493; COREQ: ENGR g421 OR MATH g42l.
ENGR 643 Advanced Measurement Methods 3 credits. Instrumentation systems used in detection and signal conditioning of thermal-hydraulic process variables, radiation including lasers, and electrical and mechanical properties of materials. PREREQ: ENGR 443 AND ENGR 371 OR EQUIVALENT; ENGR 223 and ENGR 327 OR EQUIVALENT.
ENGR 644 Measurements and Controls Laboratory 3 credits. Work with measuring systems for a variety of process variables. Investigation of characteristics of various process control components and systems. Transient and stationary conditions will be included. COREQ: ENGR 643 OR EQUIVALENT.
ENGR 645 Process Control Systems 3 credits. Topics on applied aspects of (l) data acquisition: signal conversion, conditioning, interfacing, data communication, and of (2) process control: controller tuning, programmable controllers, supervisory control, distributed control, real-time software. PREREQ: ENGR 493.
ENGR 646 Two-Phase Flow Measurements Laboratory 2 credits. Design, calibration, operation of two-phase density and mass flow measurement systems. Qualitative and quantitative measurements of flow regime characteristic parameters. Single- and two-component flows. Measurement of upstream disturbance effects. PREREQ: ENGR 644.
ENGR 647 Experiment Design and Data Analysis 3 credits. Statistical analysis and other techniques for data interpretation and qualification. Experiment design principles. On-line digital signal processing methods. PREREQ: ENGR g478 OR MATH g450; COREQ: ENGR g421 OR MATH g421.
ENGR 649 Robotics and Automation 3 credits. Robotic manipulator kinematics, dynamics, trajectory planning, sensors, programming and control. The application concepts of robotics in industry will be briefly introduced. PREREQ: ENGR 493.
ENGR 650 Thesis 1-6 credits. Thesis research must be approved by the student's advisory committee. Six credits may be used to satisfy the research requirements for the degree.
ENGR 651 Seminar on Special Topics 1-3 credits. Current topics in science and engineering. Invited speakers will be used where possible. Students participate in presentation of advanced materials obtained through reading of current literature. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits with change of topics. PREREQ: ENGR 432 AND ENGR 471 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR. GRADED S/U.
ENGR 652 Special Problems 1-3 credits. Special experimental investigation may be undertaken which will lead to the development of proficiency in an area of applied nuclear science or nuclear engineering. Formal report will be required. PREREQ: PRIOR REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED PROJECT BY THE ENGINEERING FACULTY. GRADED S/U.
ENGR 653 Optimal Control Systems 3 credits. Performance index. Calculus of variations, Pontryagin maximum principle. Linear quadratic regulator. Time and fuel optimal control. Linear quadratic Gaussian problem. Kalman Filter. H optimal control. Industrial applications. PREREQ: ENGR 642 OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 655 Hazardous Waste Management Seminar 1credit. Environmental engineering and science topics related to hazardous waste characterization, cleanup, regulations. Includes case histories and presentations by graduate students and visiting speakers. PREREQ: PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
ENGR 699 Doctoral Dissertation. Research toward completion of the dissertation. Variable credit. GRADED S/U.