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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 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.


  • Martin de Jesus Nieto Perez
    Associate Teaching Professor



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