About the Graduate Program in Nuclear Engineering
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The Graduate Program in Nuclear Engineering, administered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.
Our multi-disciplinary faculty provide the required depth of knowledge to its graduates entering a career in nuclear engineering and to practicing engineers seeking to enhance and extend their capabilities.
The program concentrates in basic and applied nuclear engineering, engineering research in its broadest sense. Research that is actively pursued includes risk and reliability assessment of nuclear systems, complex system safety and maintainability and failure mechanisms associated with the radiation environment. The areas of radiation chemistry and radiation engineering are key research thrusts of the program.
The program's facilities include a nuclear reactor, a neutron activation laboratory, a 9 MeV linear electron accelerator and a gamma ray irradiation laboratory. The facilities include laboratories for microelectronic failure analysis, radiation chemistry analysis as well as dosimetry and extensive computational capabilities.
The present notable competencies of the program are:
- The program's reactor safety and nuclear probabilistic risk assessment research program has achieved international recognition, and the Program’s nuclear engineering program is contributing to the international improvement of nuclear power plant safety by providing training in nuclear safety and operation to local consulting firms and government officials.
- The Graduate Program in Nuclear Engineering program is the only such program in the State of Maryland and the tri-state area (Maryland, Virginia and Delaware , even extending to southern Pennsylvania).
- The program trains engineers for employment in Maryland's private industry, utilities and government agencies.
- The Program's radiation engineering program is unique to Eastern U.S., offering expertise in radiation chemistry and physics as well as radiation effects in microelectronics and space deployable systems.
- The program is the only one of its kind that combines advanced reactor designs with a scientific approach to design for reliability and safety.
- The program's faculty has international reputation not only in the field of nuclear engineering, but also in materials, mechanical, and reliability engineering. Our faculty members have published books, been elected to fellowship in professional societies, and garnered a variety of special awards.