PSNES Outstanding Early Career Award

Purpose of the Award

  1. To identify, recognize, and publicize high achieving Nuclear Engineering alumni who are no more than 10 years since the completion of their formal education.
  2. To demonstrate, particularly to students, that Penn State Nuclear Engineering alumni can succeed in exceptional fashion at an early stage of their professional careers.
  3. To stimulate an increased level of activity and identity between prominent recently graduated alumni and the NucE Department and College of Engineering, particularly students, faculty, and administration, including the Radiation and Engineering Science Center.
  4. To add a dimension to the academic curriculum not otherwise available in the traditional college classroom by fostering close connection among prominent recent graduates, undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, alumni, Department administrators and staff, the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, and the College of Engineering.
  5. To provide an additional means of recognizing underrepresented alumni constituencies.


This award recognizes a nuclear engineering graduate (at any level, i.e. B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) from Penn State who has demonstrated exemplary contributions in the engineering profession since graduation. These contributions can include (but are not limited to): technical or research advancements, leadership contributions, academic achievements, community involvement, humanitarian contributions. The award will recognize a graduate who is less than 10 years beyond the receipt of his or her terminal degree (from any institution, as long as [at least] one of their degrees was in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State).

Nomination Process

  1. Nominations for the PSNES Outstanding Early Career Award (OECA), which can be made without the nominee's awareness or consent, are to be submitted to the PSNES Selection Committee at and please Cc Hilary Ruby at Nominations are solicited from PSNES, the Department faculty, staff, students, student-led organizations, NucE alumni, and industrial partners who are active in department or Radiation Science and Engineering Center projects.
  2. The initial call for nominations will occur December on August 15, 2019 and close on December 15, 2019.
  3. The PSNES Selection Committee will convene (in person or via teleconference) to review nominations and recommend a candidate by January 15, 2020.
  4. The Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program will (subsequently or concurrently) review and approve the Committee’s recommendation.
  5. The award recipient will be notified of his or her selection by the office of the Chair of the Nuclear Engineering Program, in conjunction with the PSNES President.
  6. The recipient will be invited to return to the University Park campus for special recognition activities. Expenses for travel and lodging for the award recipient and guest(s) will be borne by the recipient, unless otherwise subsidized by the department or PSNES organization.
  7. The award will be made public via posting on the NucE Department website’s PSNES landing page.

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The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the top ranked nuclear engineering programs in the United States. The department distinguishes itself from other programs with a strong focus on experimental research in power, science, security and safety. The actively growing department leads four educational programs for students pursuing a bachelor of science, a master of science, a master of engineering or a doctoral degree. The department also houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear reactor. The construction and operation of the reactor introduced nuclear engineering to Penn State, and, in doing so, harnessed research and educational opportunities as key strengths for the department. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938