M.S. - Nuclear Engineering, Ph.D. - Nuclear Engineering
Nuclear engineering is an exciting, rapidly evolving field, which requires engineers with an understanding of physical processes of nuclear energy and an ability to apply concepts in new and creative ways. Nuclear engineers are primarily concerned with the control, monitoring, and use of energy released in nuclear processes. Some nuclear engineers work on the design and safety aspects of environmentally sound, passively safe proliferation resistant nuclear fission reactors. Others are looking to future energy solutions through development and implementation of nuclear fusion systems. Still others are helping in the exploration and utilization of outer space by developing long term, reliable nuclear energy sources. With the renewed concern in environmental science, nuclear engineers are working on safe disposal concepts for radioactive waste and on methods for reduction of radiation releases from industrial facilities. They also work in developing a wide variety of applications for radioisotopes such as the treatment and diagnosis of diseases; food preservation, manufacturing development, processing and quality control; and biological and mechanical process tracers.
For nuclear engineering students with nontraditional backgrounds, leveling courses are required to strengthen the student's knowledge base in order to successfully pursue the normal MS Program. Leveling courses are determined by the student's Committee on Studies in consultation with the graduate advisor before or during the week prior to the beginning of the semester.
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