Technical Tours

Tours overlap—choose one only!

NIST Center for Neutron Research technical tour

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Tour could tentatively begin at 9am and last approximately 1.5-2 hours, including visitor entry, and dependent upon the number of tour guests.
Fee: $25

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was founded in 1901 and is now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Congress established the agency to remove a major challenge to U.S. industrial competitiveness at the time—a second-rate measurement infrastructure that lagged behind the capabilities of the United Kingdom, Germany, and other economic rivals.

From the smart electric power grid and electronic health records to atomic clocks, advanced nanomaterials, and computer chips, innumerable products and services rely in some way on technology, measurement, and standards provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Today, NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations—from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks.

-Please read these guidelines and important information for the NIST tour-

  • Registration Requirements:  Once guests register for the winter meeting, they will be sent the site registration requirements.
  • Address: 100 Bureau Drive, Building 235,
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899;
    directions to the NIST Campus are at the following link:
    nist.gov/about-nist/visit/getting-nist-gaithersburg
  • Security Requirements: Registration must be completed by October 23rd.  All attendees must bring a driver’s license or passport.
  • Dress Requirements: Closed toe shoes

Reserve your spot for NIST via your Winter Meeting Registration
Tours are restricted to Meeting Attendees only.
Questions to: registrar@ans.org

 

Maryland University Training Reactor

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Tour could tentatively begin at 9am and last approximately 1.5-2 hours, including visitor entry, and dependent upon the number of tour guests.
Fee: $25

Since 1960, the Maryland University Training Reactor’s octagonal concrete shield has held a critical mass of uranium, but both the reactor and facility have greatly evolved over the past 50 years. Now a 250 kW TRIGA reactor, the tour of this facility will focus on its history, function, and current scientific endeavors,  including its use as an undergraduate reactor operator training facility and as a source of neutrons in a wide array of research. Among the many experiment ports in the reactor, including a pneumatic transfer system and beam ports, the thermal column of the facility was most recently outfitted with a neutron imaging system. This system utilizes a non-destructive spectroscopy technique that relies on a neutron’s unique interaction with different elements to image samples.  Tour attendees will also get to tour the newest addition to the University of Maryland Radiation Facilities, a 12-inch cyclotron, which will be used as a tool for training undergraduates on accelerator physics.

-Please read these guidelines and important information for the UMD tour-

  • Registration Requirements:  Once guests register for the winter meeting, they will be sent the site registration requirements.
  • Address: University of Maryland Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg
    4418 Stadium Dr,
    College Park, MD 20740
    directions to the UMD Campus are at the following link:
    mse.umd.edu/directions
  • Security Requirements: Registration must be completed by October 23rd.  All attendees must bring a driver’s license or passport.
  • Dress Requirements: Closed toe shoes

Reserve your spot for UMD via your Winter Meeting Registration
Tours are restricted to Meeting Attendees only.
Questions to: registrar@ans.org