Excelsior Awarded $245K Grant by U.S. Department of Energy for Advanced Nuclear Simulator Project

three dimensional model of a nuclear power plant

Excelsior College has been chosen over some stiff competition and was awarded a $245K grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the development of an advanced web-based nuclear reactor simulator, as part of the Nuclear Energy University Program. The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding approximately $5 million to 18 colleges and universities to support research into reactor infrastructure and general scientific infrastructure improvements. These awards strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear R&D and ensure that American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate the next generation of industry leaders.

Excelsior’s grant money will be used to fund the purchase of a Generic Pressurized Water Reactor (GPWR) simulator to incorporate lessons into five required courses in the online ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering Technology program. The simulator will enhance student learning and improve student preparation for the nuclear workforce.

“This is an incredible success story for Excelsior College and a powerful endorsement for the quality of our nuclear programs,” says Michael Johnson, associate dean in Excelsior’s School of Undergraduate Studies. “To be included among a list of world-leading institutions, like MIT, Penn State, and the University of Florida, is indicative of the unrivaled reputation that Excelsior has achieved for its ABET-accredited programs. With faculty that have extensive industry experience and now the opportunity to build a world-class online simulator, this puts Excelsior College in the front rank of global centers of excellence in nuclear technology. This is an awesome achievement of which the whole of Excelsior College, both the faculty and students, should be immensely proud.”

Further details of the grant can be found on the U.S. Department of Energy website.

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Alicia Jacobs is Excelsior College’s Director of Communications and Community Engagement. She responsible for internal communications, public and media relations, employee and community engagement. She assists with special projects, events, committees on behalf of the President's Office. Jacobs career includes television production, broadcast media, healthcare, renewable energy, sports & entertainment, hospitality and higher education. She is also an Emmy Award-Winning TV Producer. During her career, she has worked for three international charities. Her work with non-profits continues today as she leads community engagement initiatives for the College including the Annual Excelsior Cares Volunteer Week. Outside of work, Jacobs is community-minded. Jacobs is a graduate of the University at Albany and earned her Master of Arts, communication with concentration in public relations from Western New England University. She is also a graduate of Excelsior College's Leadership Academy.