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Capstone Design Sponsorship

Get involved with NucE students on campus. By sponsoring a capstone design project, your company can:

  • Contribute to the educational value of the department
  • Use the skills and talents of Penn State students
  • Gain visibility among future graduates

Industry-based design projects provide engineering students with the opportunity to apply their technical knowledge to real-world problems. The experience helps students bridge the gap between their academic and professional careers by exposing them to the technical demands, potential pitfalls, and professional expectations of practicing engineers.

Since 1995, industry-sponsored projects have continued to make a significant difference in educational programming in the mechanical and nuclear engineering department at Penn State. Seniors in NucE culminate their rigorous education by executing a real-world, hands-on project defined by an industry sponsor. These design teams work closely with industry sponsors to solve product or process design problems.

Sponsors provide financial support and project mentoring and have consistently reported a high degree of satisfaction with the project results.

For more information, visit the Learning Factory website.


  • Dr. William Walters
    Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering



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

Department of Nuclear Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938