The MeV Summer School is intended to improve the training of engineers and applied scientists involved in the design, licensing and operation of a 21st century nuclear energy industry through a multi-faceted learning approach of lectures, tours, and other activities. The school is organized through the cooperation of multiple stakeholders with a shared goal of building a strong workforce to support global nuclear expansion.
The 2023 MeV school will be organized by Idaho National Laboratory with the theme of “Old Meets New: Legacy and Modern Analysis Methods and Tools for Nuclear Applications”. The faculty will be drawn from top experts in academia, industry, and government. The general organization and conduct of the school will be overseen by an international board of senior experts. A local secretariat will provide technical, logistical, and administrative support to students and faculty.
The MeV Summer School will provide upcoming and current engineers and scientists with advanced studies in integrated modeling, experimentation, and validation to develop an understanding of the current and future challenges facing nuclear energy advancement. Successful students will leave with a holistic, forward-looking view of MeV that cannot be provided by any other current curriculum. The school provides a forum for drawing the best topical expertise from around the globe. It is the aim of the school to foster the development of a next-generation network of scientists and engineers capable of advancing nuclear energy in the 21st century through integrated modeling and experimentation.
The MeV Summer School integrates a wide range of teaching and mentoring expertise, deeply underpinned by knowledge, skills, and experience. An integrated toolbox of modeling and experimentation will be developed with an emphasis on developing skills for critical thinking leading to impactful research and development.
Throughout the school, students have opportunities to interact with school lecturers and senior scientists from academia, government agencies and laboratories, and industry. Participants will receive information introducing each student's research, enabling the students to obtain feedback and input from prominent experts and lecturers, and facilitating further student-student interactions and networking. The program will include a panel discussion of experts to foster discourse on exciting topics presented in the curriculum. The panel will be open for questions/answers and interaction with the panelists. The classroom instruction will be augmented by tours and other activities to link the classroom material to practical research.
A certificate of graduation will be awarded for the successful completion of the MeV Summer School. Graduate credit is available after successful completion of the MeV Summer School, upon request, and at additional cost to the student.
Idaho National Laboratory stands out as a distinctly capable science and technology resource. Notably, the lab serves as the nation’s command center for advanced nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and deployment. The lab is home to the unparalleled Advanced Test Reactor and associated assets for post-irradiation examination, fuel fabrication, materials testing and development assets.
Leveraging these and numerous other distinguishing features, the lab and its roughly 5,300 scientists, engineers and support staff build on the potential and promise of ideas that can benefit the real world.
INL is one of only 10 multiprogram national laboratories owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. Geographically, INL is the largest lab — the 890-square-mile desert Site also serves as a national environmental research park. INL performs work in support of DOE’s mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.
In the early days, INL was known as the National Reactor Testing Station. Since 1949, the Idaho site has been the location of many pioneering developments in the area of nuclear energy. The world’s first usable amount of electricity from nuclear energy was generated in 1951. Over the years, 52 mostly first-of-their-kind reactors were built at Idaho’s national laboratory, creating the largest concentration of reactors in the world. After fulfilling their research missions, most have since been decommissioned. Although INL today reports up through DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, the lab conducts a wide range of activities supporting several DOE offices and other federal agencies.