Rowan University, PSEG Announce $100,000 Partnership

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GLASSBORO ? PSEG has partnered with Rowan University?s College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to conduct a reliability study of the utility?s Hope Creek facility this year. F

Fourteen Rowan Students, Two Graduates to Conduct Reliability Study

GLASSBORO ? PSEG has partnered with Rowan University?s College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to conduct a reliability study of the utility?s Hope Creek facility this year. Fourteen students majoring in electrical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry and physics along with two recent physics graduates are participating in the project. Total funding for the one-year study is $100,000 with the possibility of increased funding for an additional two years.

<+>These types of partnerships are very important to all parties involved,<+> said Rowan University President Donald Farish. <+>Students are given the unique opportunity to solve real problems while PSEG gains a different perspective on reliability and helps prepare students ? some of whom could very well become employees of PSEG ?- for the work force.<+>

The team will examine four main systems ? the electro-hydraulic control, circulation, extract steam and feed water systems ? and conduct a reliability project using computers to develop capacity loss prevention models. The students will work on analytical computer models called fault trees, which is the same approach used by NASA?s space program. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the students will be in contact with representatives of PSEG to report their progress.

<+>At the heart of any reliability program is information regarding the vulnerability of the overall process to failures of individual components or subsystems. Due to inherently reliable nature of the nuclear industry, equipment failures are rare and traditional statistical approach to generate the information is not viable,<+> said Mark Bezilla, PSEG Nuclear Vice President Technical Support. <+>The engineering challenge for the students is to build an analytical model that could potentially improve the performance of these inherently reliable systems. Since Hope Creek provides enough power for roughly 600,000 homes, preventing even one day of interruption is a big benefit for the corporation.<+>

<+>We?re very pleased to have the students working with PSEG on this project,<+> said Jay Harper, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. <+>It?s important for students to put their classroom knowledge to work. This partnership with PSEG gives them the opportunity to do just that.<+>

Dianne Dorland, dean of the College of Engineering, agrees. <+>Not only does this partnership offer our students hands-on experience,<+> she said, <+>but it also gives local businesses an idea of what our students are capable of doing when entering the work force.<+>

<+>We are excited about the partnership,<+> said Bezilla. <+>While we anticipate getting some direct benefits from increased reliability, we are pleased to support a project that will help improve the knowledge, experience and capabilities of our future workforce.<+>

The 14 Rowan University students and two alumni participating in the PSEG project are:
Justin Bram, Electrical Engineering
Sean Broderick, Electrical Engineering
Robert Butterick III, Chemistry
Ken Conover, Biochemistry
Kevin Garrison, Electrical Engineering
Robert Grove, Electrical Engineering
Edward Kell, Electrical Engineering
Shantanu Kulkarni, Electrical Engineering
Michael Moreton, Electrical Engineering
Sam Njuki, Electrical Engineering
Kevin Ohanlon, Electrical Engineering
Brian Seaman, Physics
Hector Suarez, Electrical Engineering
Scott Thibaudeau, Electrical Engineering
Miyuki Kikuchi, class of 2001
William Peppard, class of 2000.

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