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Leigh Winfrey

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Chair


  • Nuclear Engineering

229 Hallowell Building


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Leigh Winfrey is an associate professor in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering. Winfrey received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and her M.S. in physics from North Carolina State University, both with minors in nuclear engineering. She received a B.A. in chemistry and mathematics and a B.S. in physics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is a member of Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society. In addition to her position at Penn State, Winfrey is the editor of Fusion Science and Technology, the leading source of information on fusion plasma physics and plasma engineering, fusion plasma enabling science and technology, fusion nuclear technology and material science, fusion applications, fusion design, and system studies.


  • BS, Physics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2003
  • BA, Chemistry and Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2004
  • MS, Physics, North Carolina State University, 2007
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2010


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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 with a strong focus on experimental research. 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 Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) facilities, including the Breazeale Reactor, are available to nuclear engineering faculty and students at Penn State for research and instruction. RSEC houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear research reactor. Having access to an operating research reactor is a key strength for the department and enables Penn State to harness research and educational opportunities that are unique in the United States. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222