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Nuclear Engineering Program receives $50,000 software donation

Dr. Thomas Currin, dean of the School of Engineering, recently announced the gift of nuclear reactor simulation software valued at $50,000 to SPSU’s Nuclear Engineering Program.


The Micro-Simulation Technology (MST) Corporation donated a desktop simulator software package known as PCTRAN for the Westinghouse-designed AP1000 Nuclear Power Plant Reactor. The software package also includes an AP1000 reactor simulator and RadPuff, which is used for emergency preparedness and response.


“This donation will enable students in our Nuclear Engineering Program to confirm and test their theoretical understanding of nuclear operations and controls,” Dr. Currin said.


Dr. Mahmoud Ghavi, director of the university’s Center for Nuclear Studies, was instrumental in securing MST’s gift, according to the dean.