About Us

About Us

The Department of Nuclear Engineering was established in 1958 and strives to serve the state, nation, and global community by nurturing nuclear engineering professionals and leaders to meet the complex challenges associated with the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and enhancing global security. We are the largest program in the U.S. with a current enrollment of 268 undergraduate and 151 graduate students. Our program is ranked second nationally both in undergraduate and in graduate studies among public universities (U.S. News and World Report).

Our high faculty-to-student ratio allows us to offer relatively small class sizes and mentor groups that promote a strong sense of family within the department.

We offer degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels in nuclear engineering, radiological health engineering and health physics.  There are many sources of financial assistance including scholarships, fellowships and assistantships.

Research facilities include two research reactors (we are the only university with two), seven accelerators (including a unique micro-beam device for determining the response to ionizing radiation on a cell-by-cell basis), and a high-energy pulsed plasma laboratory.

A large faculty with diverse expertise, facilities that are second to none, and a history of strong support from college administrators and former students give us the tools needed to equip today's students with skills necessary for the wide-ranging applications of nuclear science and technology. 

Read and download our 2014-2015 Annual Report here

Vision

To develop and maintain a nationally and internationally recognized program that promotes a passion for understanding and applying the knowledge of nuclear science and engineering to support the nation's alternative energy, national security and healthcare missions.

Mission

To serve our state, our nation and our global community by nurturing future nuclear engineering professionals and leaders who are:

  • instilled with the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior
  • prepared to meet the complex challenges associated with sustainably expanding peaceful uses of nuclear energy
  • enhancing global nuclear security and avoiding the dangers of nuclear proliferation