Harold Lampe, Dean of the School of Engineering, approves the building of a nuclear reactor on campus and the establishment of a collegiate nuclear engineering program, both firsts in the nation.
Hervasio Carvalho of Brazil, a graduate student in the School of Engineering at NC State, becomes the first person in the world to complete a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.
Three South Korean graduate students enroll: Wan Yong Chen (Nuclear Engineering), Jong Soon Kim (Psychology), and Jong Chul Park (Chemical Engineering).
John Harold Lampe becomes Dean of the School of Engineering. During his time at NC State, Lampe oversaw the expansion of the engineering program as it became one of the largest in the country, while also facilitating the addition of new instructional and research programs, especially nuclear engineering. Lampe retired from NC State in 1962.
The department of Materials Science and Engineering initiated a Nuclear Science and Technology Short Course under the sponsorship of the Atomic Energy Commission's Atoms for Peace program. The course included instruction in materials problems in nuclear reactors and was part of growing academic activity in the area of nuclear materials. In addition to the short course, the department introduced additional graduate courses and received funding from the AEC for laboratory equipment in the growing field of nuclear materials engineering.
Civil engineering professor Ajaya Gupta was founding director of the Center for Nuclear Power Plant Structures, Equipment and Piping at NCSU (1991-2001), a university-based research and professional organization focused on areas of structural safety and risk assessment for nuclear facilities-related systems, equipment and piping. It was later re-named the Center for Nuclear Energy Facilities and Structures. The center developed a worldwide reputation with up to 20 government and industry members worldwide, and received additional support from the US Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute and others.