Naval Nuclear Laboratory-KnollsCoordinator: Thomas Sutton
For more than 50 years, the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program (NNPP) has been at the forefront of technological innovation. We have a proud tradition of producing nuclear reactor plants for submarines and surface ships that provide unprecedented endurance and power. We are a program with cutting edge technology, high technical standards, and integrity that is at the forefront in development of new reactor concepts. If you are interested in a challenging research project and working with some of the finest technical people in the world, then consider conducting your practicum at one of the NNPP Laboratories.
The NNPP operates two DOE Laboratories: the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania (operated by Bechtel National, Inc.), and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, New York (operated by the Lockheed Martin Corporation). These two laboratories are the design agencies for the NNPP. With combined staffs of over 5,600 engineers, scientists, technicians, and support personnel, our mission is to develop the most advanced naval nuclear propulsion technology and to provide technical support for the continued safe, reliable operation of all existing naval reactors.
In their practicum, DOE CSGF recipients are provided a range of opportunities to develop improved algorithms for parallel computer architectures, advanced visualization, or advanced data management (e.g., data mining and information discovery), just to name a few. You could be involved in new developments within a number of broad categories, including but not limited to: reactor physics, materials science (including semi-conductor applications), two-phase flow, and radiation shielding.