MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XVII No. 3
January / February 2005
Initial Impressions
Food for Thought:
Issues for the Next 10 Years
An Open Letter to the MIT Faculty: Maintaining Integrity at MIT
Themes On Love; Like This;
Within Another Life
Some Further Thoughts on the FPC Suggestions on Faculty Governance
Aimee Smith Found Not Guilty
Quality of Life Issues at MIT
What's All This About Export Controls?
In It But Not Of It:
Nine Years in the MIT Administration
Nuclear Engineering Department
Changes Its Name
An Update on the Cambridge-MIT Institute
Teaching this spring? You should know . . .
Research Expenditures By Primary Sponsor, 1997-2004
"Please rate the following dimensions of your program" [from the Graduate Student Survey 2004]
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Nuclear Engineering Department Changes Its Name

The Department of Nuclear Engineering has changed its name to the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE).

According to Department Chair Ian Hutchinson, "This is a change that the department has desired and promoted for a number of years, and unanimously endorsed on three separate occasions. In November, the request was discussed without dissent at the MIT faculty meeting and approved by the Executive Committee of the MIT Corporation in December."

Hutchinson lists three major reasons for the name change: "First, the phrase Nuclear Science and Engineering is a more accurate representation of the mission of the department, expressed in our strategic plan. Second, the breadth represented by the name Nuclear Science and Engineering is a better description of what we already do. Third, the name Nuclear Science and Engineering is widely accepted and understood by those inside and outside the field as describing our discipline."

Hutchinson also assures, "We are still one hundred percent the Nuclear department at MIT. But our new name conveys the exciting diversity of research and development in the discipline of nuclear science and engineering."

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