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Nuclear Materials

Advanced materials ensure the safety and reliable operation of nuclear power plants and future advanced nuclear reactors. As advanced reactors are developed, new materials will be needed with novel high-temperature, corrosion-resistant properties. The Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State partners with faculty in Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State, as well as with colleagues from national laboratories and industry to innovate with advanced characterization and computational modeling tools.

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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 nuce.psu.edu.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222