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Aspiring Nuclear Scientists Converge to Discuss Future of Industry

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Campus News  |  Apr 3, 2012  |  By UNLV Media Relations
Media Contact: Megan Downs, UNLV Office of Media Relations (702) 895-0898

What

Nearly 800 nuclear science, engineering, radiochemistry and health physics students and professionals from around the nation will converge on the UNLV campus to learn from leaders in the industry and attend a job fair with more than 50 local and national employers.

Job demand for nuclear engineering is increasing, as nearly half of existing engineers will retire in the next five years and technology advances create new jobs, according to industry experts. Students who graduate from related programs take jobs in research and development in national laboratories, nuclear plants, defense-related jobs as well as the growing field of medical imaging and radiation therapy.

When

Thursday, April 12 to Saturday, April 15.

Tours of Varian Medical Systems will take place on Thursday April 12.
The career fair will be held 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 13 in the UNLV Student Union.

Where

UNLV Campus and various tour locations. Please see event schedule for detailed information.

Details

The UNLV student chapter of the American Nuclear Society will host the conference. UNLV students competed with top universities from around the country, such as UC Berkeley and MIT to host the conference for the first time in UNLV history.

Conference attendees will participate in tours at the Nevada National Security Site and the Las Vegas headquarters of Varian Medical Systems, a leading company in accelerators and digital detectors for X-ray imaging in medical, scientific, cargo screening and industrial inspection.

UNLV is one of only a handful of universities nationwide to offer a doctorate in radiochemistry, positioning the university as a leader in this field. One hundred percent of UNLV's radiochemistry doctoral students find jobs after graduation.

Media

Media are invited to attend the conference. Please contact Megan Downs at (702) 895-0898 for more information.