What is the lesson of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? For some people, it’s that nuclear power plants are unsafe and should be closed. For others, reports Corinna Wu in Prism, the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education, it’s that the people running the plants need much better training.
In South Korea, which is in the process of increasing its nuclear power plants from 20 to 28, that need appears particularly great. In response to that need, Wu writes, a facility that already houses 5 working reactors will add something completely new: the world’s first graduate school devoted entirely to the practicalities of producing nuclear energy.