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From Rust Belt to Green Belt: Penn State leads nuclear research alliance


Led by Penn State, academia, national laboratories and industry have formed the Post-Industrial Midwest and Appalachia (PIMA) Nuclear Alliance to harness carbon-free energy while educating and training the future energy workforce. The alliance will host a workshop to continue establishing their team, conceptualizing their goals and developing their project plans at Penn State New Kensington’s Digital Foundry Dec. 8-9.

How the Amelia Earhart mystery may inform microplastics research


Penn State researchers used neutron radiography to reveal the first new information on a patch that may have come from Amelia Earhart's plane in 30 years. Now, they are using the same techniques to investigate microplastics.

Penn State Breazeale Reactor achieves first simultaneous neutron beam operations


The Penn State Breazeale Reactor can now run five beam ports with seven neutron beam lines simultaneously.

Martin de Jesus Nieto-Perez: ‘I Engineer Change’


The “I Engineer” campaign highlights excellence across Penn State’s College of Engineering and how the college is made stronger by the diversity of perspectives, experiences and backgrounds of those in the engineering community. Featured here is Martin de Jesus Nieto-Perez, associate teaching professor in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering.

Nuclear engineer appointed to national fusion energy advisory committee


Jean Paul Allain, Huck Chair Professor and head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering in the College of Engineering at Penn State, was appointed to serve on the Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee. The national committee advises the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science on the national fusion energy science program.

Security of Advanced Reactors Workshop offered in person and virtually, Nov. 2-4


The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) Nuclear Security and Physical Protection Technical Division and the INMM Chapter at Penn State will co-host the Security of Advanced Reactors Workshop from Nov. 2-4 both in person at University Park and virtually.

Penn State nuclear engineering student wins thermal-hydraulics research award


Penn State nuclear engineering doctoral student David Reger won the Young Professional Thermal-Hydraulic Research Competition at the American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting on June 14.

28 new faculty members join the College of Engineering


Twenty-eight new faculty members have joined the Penn State College of Engineering since the end of the spring semester. The 17 tenured or tenure-line members and 11 non-tenure-line members represent 12 units and departments and include two new department heads.

Nuclear engineer’s work on biomedical imaging dyes featured in Advanced Science


Dipanjan Pan, Huck Chair Professor and professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, led a research team that recently published their paper, “Small Molecule NIR-II Dyes for Switchable Photoluminescence via Host – Guest Complexation and Supramolecular Assembly with Carbon Dots,” in Advanced Science.

Five engineering graduate students awarded 2022 NASA Space Grant Fellowships


Five College of Engineering graduate students have received 2022 NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant awards and been named graduate fellows.

Nuclear engineering graduate student receives scholarship, fellowship


Will Searight, a doctoral student in nuclear engineering at Penn State, recently received the James F. Schumar Graduate Scholarship from the American Nuclear Society and a NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellowship, given by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

Media Mention: ‘Penn State, Westinghouse partner to advance science, nuclear engineering innovations’


Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, discusses the partnership between Penn State and Westinghouse to explore science and nuclear engineering innovations to address societal needs.

Penn State announces academic promotions, effective July 1


Penn State announced academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the University, including 33 in engineering. The promotions will take effect on July 1.

Westinghouse and Penn State to explore advancing sustainable micro-reactors


Penn State and Westinghouse announced that they will partner on research and development efforts focused on exploring and applying nuclear engineering and science innovations to societal needs. They will also begin discussions about siting Westinghouse’s eVinci micro-reactor, a next-generation, small modular reactor designed to address sustainable power needs from immediate use in large communities to decentralized remote applications, at University Park.

Engineering students awarded Department of Defense SMART scholarship


Three Penn State engineering students have received Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation scholarships from the U.S. Department of Defense.  

Materials Research Institute announces 2022 seed grant recipients


The Penn State Materials Research Institute has announced the 2022 recipients of seed grants that will enable University faculty to establish new collaborations with partners outside their own units for the exploration of transformative ideas for high-impact materials science and engineering.

Penn State to lead $7.5 million study of radiation effects on electronics


To better predict and mitigate radiation-induced damage of wide bandgap semiconductors, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a Penn State-led team a five-year, $7.5 million Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative Award.

2022 spring student marshal: Casey Emler


Casey Emler has been named the spring 2022 student marshal for nuclear engineering.

College of Engineering adds 15 faculty members


The Penn State College of Engineering has added 15 faculty members this semester, with 11 tenured or tenure-line members and four non-tenure-line members.

Eleven alumni to receive College of Engineering’s highest honor


Eleven Penn State engineering graduates will be honored on April 4 at the College of Engineering’s Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at Hyatt Place State College. Charlie Blenko, an undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering, will serve as the event’s emcee.

Penn State engineering rises in U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings


In the 2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Engineering Programs rankings released today (March 29), engineering at Penn State University Park ranked No. 32 overall, advancing one place from last year’s report, and No. 18 among public institutions. Seven engineering specialty disciplines offered by the College of Engineering also climbed in the rankings, and eight are now ranked in the top 20 nationally.

2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award: Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar


Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, professor of nuclear engineering and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Idaho State University, has been named one of 11 recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award by the Penn State College of Engineering.

Federico Scurti joins nuclear engineering


Federico Scurti joined Penn State as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering in the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering on March 1. Scurti received a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering and a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Two engineering faculty members selected as ASME fellows


Two Penn State College of Engineering faculty members were named to the most recent class of fellows for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Jingjing Li, William and Wendy Korb Early Career Associate Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, and Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering.

U.S. DOE awards nuclear engineer coveted supercomputing time


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced allocations of supercomputer access to 51 high-impact computational science projects for 2022 through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, will lead one of these projects in collaboration with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Argonne National Laboratory.

Marek Flaska named specialty chief editor for journal section


Marek Flaska, associate professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, was named the specialty chief editor for the radiation measurements and safety section of Frontiers in Nuclear Engineering, a new journal planned to launch in spring 2022.

Assistant professor to discuss nuclear reactors’ role in combating climate change


William Walters, assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Penn State, will discuss advanced nuclear reactors and their role in combating climate change during a talk on Monday, Feb. 21.

Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory capstone project winners announced


The College of Engineering Bernard M. Gordon Learning Factory showcases for the fall 2021 semester took place virtually from Dec. 10 – 17 and in-person on Dec. 7. Students in the senior capstone design courses presented the culmination of their semester-long projects at the events.

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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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