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Nuclear Engineering Memories

Eric D. MillerNuclear Engineering, 2008Mechanical Engr, 2008
Penn State ANS - 2008 Trip to Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Power Plant (PSEG). This was an excellent site tour which provided us with an opportunity to see the work that goes on at the plant during an outage. We had an opportunity to see the recently removed steam generator from Salem Unit (1?). We also had a chance to go out on the turbine deck and see low pressure and high pressure turbine blade replacement. The PSEG staff also provided us with various transients in each of the simulator''s, which was a great learning opportunity. The PSEG staff did a great job of putting together the tour. It was an outstanding opportunity for our ANS class. I would encourage future PSU ANS club leaders to continue to schedule a plant tour. Sincerely, Eric Miller(Class of 2008) U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of New Reactor''s
Photo(s): IMG_9633.jpg, IMG_9666.jpg, IMG_9669.jpg,

Eric HannoldME ''92
I just received my Fall 2009 special edition of MNE News and immediately recognized two people in the pictures on page 8. I worked as a Senior Reactor Operator at the reactor while I got my degree. The top picture is clearly Dr. Jester (who''s wife, Fay, was the best math instructor I ever had)and, I believe, grad. student Ken Sahadewan. Ken was on the Nuc. Eng. Softball team I managed. I operated the reactor for both Dr. Jester and Ken during my time there.

Rick BigelowMSNE 1976MBA 1981
Regarding the identity of those in the pictures on p. 8 of the Fall 2009 edition of MNE News, the blonde haired gentleman in the top and bottom picture is Dr. Jester. I don''t recognize any of the others. Looking at the PC''s in use, I would say it was early 1980''s.

Walter D''ArdenneMech Eng 1959
I received my BS in Mech Eng in Feb ''59, and became the first and only grad student in the new Nuclear Engineering Department during the spring and summer of 1959. I shared an office with Al Jacobs in the reactor building. In the fall of 1959 7 other students joined me. We and the reactor staff were a close knit group and enjoyed working and playing together (e.g., picnics at a State Park). One of those 7 was Bill Jester who is in two of the pictures on page 8 of the Fall 2009 MNE News (he''s in the lab coat). Bill and I both later became members of the Nuclear Engineering faculty. After completing 3 semesters in the Penn State Nuc Eng Master''s program, I transferred to MIT to get my PhD in Nuc Eng (Penn State''s PhD program didn''t exist yet). When I got to MIT, I couldn''t find a key piece of data and couldn''t write my Master''s thesis. So I never got a Penn State MS in Nuc Eng; I wish I had.

Walter H. D''ArdenneBS Mech Eng 1959Nuc Eng Program ''59-''60
My Nuclear Engineering Experience at Penn State Walter H. D’Ardenne Cupertino, CA 650-961-4875 January 4, 2010 In Fall 1958 as an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at Penn State, I took the Nuc Eng 410 reactor physics course that was taught by Al Jacobs, a Nuclear Engineering Instructor at the time. Also the Penn State Board of Directors approved creation of a Nuclear Engineering Department. In Jan 1959, I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering and received a Nuclear Engineering Graduate Research Assistantship starting in Feb 1959. During Spring and Summer 1959, I was the first and only student in the newly formed Nuclear Engineering Department. Chemistry Professor Warren Miller was acting Nuclear Engineering Department Head; he had been chair of the Nuclear Engineering program that Penn State had prior to the formation of the new Department. Bob Cochran and Forrest Remick were Director and Assistant Director of the Reactor Facility, respectively. Al and I shared an office in the Reactor Facility and took graduate math courses together (he was also a PhD student in physics then). We had lots of great conversations and he often gave me a ride home on his motorcycle. Everyone working in the new Department then was a close knit group. In Fall 1959, Joe Palladino, from the Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, became the Nuclear Engineering Department Head, and Forrest became Director of the Reactor Facility (Bob Cochran left to be Nuclear Engineering Department Head at Texas A&M). Also seven more Nuclear Engineering MS students (including Bill Jester who later became a Nuclear Engineering professor) arrived and became part of our close knit group. In Sept 1960, I completed the course work for my Nuclear Engineering MS and transferred to MIT’s Nuclear Engineering PhD program (Penn State didn’t offer a Nuclear Engineering PhD then). I still needed to do one more experiment for my MS thesis. So I returned to Penn State one weekend and did the experiment for the needed data. However, when I got back to MIT, I couldn’t find the data and couldn’t write my thesis. So I never got a Nuclear Engineering MS from Penn State. I’ve always wished I had something to show for the graduate years I spent at Penn State. In retrospect, I should have written a paper for a Nuclear Engineering Master of Engineering Degree based on the work that I had done. After receiving my Nuclear Engineering PhD at MIT in September 1964, I joined the Penn State Nuclear Engineering faculty. One job Joe Palladino gave me was to develop the undergraduate Nuclear Engineering curriculum; I thoroughly enjoyed that task. When Palladino became Dean of Engineering, Warren Witzig arrived to be Nuclear Engineering Department Head. In 1970, I went to GE Nuclear Energy in California on an ASEE Engineering Internship in Industry (to learn what I was supposed to be teaching). It’s a great program and all engineering faculty should do it. Prior to applying for it, I did a lot of soul searching about whether to make academia my career, and I decided that I would. However, after six months at GE, I realized I belonged in industry. Although ASEE didn’t require it, I returned to Penn State in 1971 because I felt obligated to do so. In 1972 I returned to GE Nuclear Energy from which I retired at the end of 1993.

Wallace (Wally) R. UtleyMS, NE 1970
The blond headed man in the 2 pictures on page 8 of the Fall 2009 edition is Dr. William Jester, who was a professor in the NE Department in 1970. I can''t identify the others in the pictures. On another matter, I entered the NE graduate program in January 1970 and completed all requirements for an MS in August 1970, graduating in September 1970. That may be a record of obtaining the MS NE degree.

Becky (Knoll) CarrNuc E 1980
During the fall of our senior year (1979-80), John Rommel, Jeff Johnson, and I were partners for a NucE lab course. Unfortunately, we did not get good test results the first time around and had to repeat the whole thing. Check out all those cables!
Photo(s): NucE Lab 1.jpg, NucE Lab 2.jpg, NucE Lab 3.jpg,

Becky (Knoll) CarrBS NucE 1980
In the spring of 1979 as warm(er) weather came to central PA, several of us headed to Black Moshannon State Park for a study session. Pictured are nuclear engineering students Jeff Johnson and three women from the Class of 1980 (Becky Knoll, Patti Mikus, and Mary Jane Ross.)
Photo(s): Jeff Johnson2.jpg, Nuclear Women2.jpg,

Edward KlevansBSEE 1957
In September 1956 I petitioned off a required EE elective and took NE 410, Reactor Physics, from a new research associate named Alan Jacobs. It was Jacobs first time teaching and he was outstanding. His course changed the direction of my life and I decided to go to graduate school in nuclear engineering. He later recruited me to join the nuclear engineering faculty in 1966.

Joseph A. Sholtis, Jr., LtCol,USAF(Ret)BS NucE, 1970 281-4358
I can remember once during a NucE Laboratory experiment/class at the PSU Reactor Facility relating my apprehensions about going into the Air Force, immediately after graduation during the Vietnam War, to Professor Mortimer Shultz. He told me not to worry too much about it, that things would somehow take care of themselves, and then conveyed his personal experience as a young Army Lieutenant during WWII in Europe. I learned that LT Shultz commanded a Communications squadron in Europe--of homing pigeons!!! He thought it was funny too, but also quite important as it turned out, to the war effort and victory in Europe. Although I had a lot of anxiety about my first Air Force assignment, which turned out to be as a Nuclear Research Officer, I will ALWAYS remember Professor Shultz and his willingness to share his time and experiences with us.

Richard GillNucE 1979
rbgill@msn.com434 525 5832
A great 18 months at Penn State in '78 and '79 while I was still on active duty with the Navy. Tailgates. parties, camping, and great professors. Became good friends with a much younger Jack Brenizer.
Photo(s): Bob Pitulski 1979.jpg, Jack&Shirley.jpg, Penn State ailgate 1978.jpg, Penn State Group.jpg,

Cindy Palladino MaundBS Art Ed 1979
I am sending a photo and caption of my Dad, Nunzio Palladino, standing on the bridge of Penn Sate's reactor. It appeared on the July 1970 cover of "Nuclear News". I will also send the personal profile article about Dad that was published in that issue, (four pages including several photos). He was president of ANS at that time.
Photo(s): Nunzio Palladino Cover Photo.jpg, Caption for Palladino cover photo.jpg,

Cindy Palladino MaundBS Art Ed 1979
I am now attaching Nunzio Palladino's personal profile published in the July 1970 issue of "Nuclear News". This artilce includes a photo of Dad and Sam Levine. (My previous submission included the magazine cover photo of Dad and the caption.)
Photo(s): Palladino Bio Article p 67.jpg, Palladino Bio Article p 68.jpg, Palladino Bio Article p 69.jpg, Palladino Bio Article p 70.jpg,