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New nuclear engineering professor plans to inspire students, progress department


When Martin de Jesus Nieto-Perez, associate teaching professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, first learned about nuclear energy, he was immediately intrigued.

Penn State Breazeale Reactor expands in size and in opportunities


Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center and the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering broke ground on a 10,000-square-foot, $9.5 million expansion of the Breazeale Reactor on Oct. 21.

22 Penn State alumni to receive Alumni Fellow Award


The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 22 Penn Staters on Oct. 6 with the Alumni Fellow Award, the highest award given by the Alumni Association.

An experimental loop for simulating nuclear reactors in space


Nuclear thermal propulsion, which uses heat from nuclear reactions as fuel, could be used one day in human spaceflight, possibly even for missions to Mars.

Penn State nuclear engineering opens new collaboration, learning space


The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its Nuclear Innovation Commons (NIC) on Sept. 17.

Schreyer Scholar researches ways to mitigate risk of nuclear accidents


John Barton is a big fan of clean energy sources like wind and solar power. He is also a fan of contingency plans.

Nuclear engineering student wins innovation award for machine learning research


Matthew Durbin, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate at Penn State, was recently awarded a first-place prize in the 2021 Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D Awards for his research paper, "K-Nearest Neighbors Regression for the Discrimination of Gamma Rays and Neutrons in Organic Scintillators."

Nuclear engineering doctoral student receives graduate fellowship


Jonathan Balog, a nuclear engineering doctoral student, was selected by the South Carolina Universities Research and Education Foundation (SCUREF) to receive the Rickover Fellowship.

Nuclear science, engineering spark collaborations across Penn State and beyond


Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC), home to the Breazeale Reactor, is expanding to accommodate an equipment donation valued at $9.8 million and to facilitate more advanced neutron beam research as well as the growth of nuclear engineering at Penn State.

Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory award defense research seed grants


In support of multidisciplinary research, the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) collaborated to create a new seed grant program.

Department of Energy awards to support students researching nuclear energy


Three students in the Penn State College of Engineering were selected to receive awards through the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy Integrated University Program.

Nuclear engineering student receives scholarship from global society


Matthew Durbin, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate, received a Graduate Scholarship award from the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society, a technical society within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Nuclear engineering alumni aim to connect past and future with naming gift


Nuclear engineering alumni Pat Loftus and Douglas Wood are collaborating on a contribution for the Nuclear Innovation Commons (NIC), a 5,000-square-foot nuclear engineering collaborative space under construction in Hallowell Building.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions


Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals


Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Penn State, central Pennsylvania host 'Remake Learning' events in April, May


Penn State and central Pennsylvania will host more than 40 events this spring in conjunction with "Remake Learning Days Across America," a festival of innovation intended to encourage creativity, perseverance and curiosity among youth from pre-K through high school.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees


The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

EarthTalks: Head of nuclear engineering looks to stars for clean energy


The National Academy of Engineering identified the harnessing of energy from nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the sun, as one of the grand challenges of this century.

$100K nuclear engineering alumnus gift supports reactor licensing program


For Don and Julie Moul, Penn State has been the touchstone in their lives, the place that feels most like home amidst career changes and moves.

Investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance mystery with neutrons


It was 11-year-old Logan's turn to choose a television show to watch with his dad, Daniel Beck, in October of 2020. Logan turned on the National Geographic channel, which was airing the 2019 documentary "Expedition Amelia."

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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

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