Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation (NESD)
The Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation was formed in 1994 in response to the elimination of nuclear research reactor program funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 1995 budget. Funding was reinstated as a direct result of the students' engagement with policymakers. Owing to the success of this first endeavor, return trips have been organized every year to continue to voice the concerns of the student body. Recent delegations have been instrumental in ensuring continued funding for scholarships and fellowships through the Integrated University Program.
The NESD is a student-organized program focused on practical experience with the political process that is inherent to progress in nuclear science and engineering efforts in the United States. During the Delegation, students come together to create a policy brief advocating nuclear energy, education and research issues. This policy brief is distributed and presented to members of Congress to proactively impact domestic nuclear policy. Students are also given the invaluable opportunity to engage in meetings with nuclear policy experts and federal agencies, such as NRC, DOE, OMB, and more.