Nuclear Materials Student Working in Lab

Nuclear Power

We are enabling the safe and economical operation of nuclear reactors.

Our researchers focus on reactor engineering and core design, fluid flow and heat removal from the core, accident analysis, and the degradation mechanisms suffered by nuclear fuel and materials while in service. Research areas include nuclear materials, reactor controls, reactor thermal hydraulics, and reactor physics. 

Research Labs and Centers

Materials for Nuclear Power Group

Arthur Motta

Radiation Science and Engineering Center

Radiation Science and Engineering Center
Kenan Ünlü

Advaniced Multi-phase Flow Lab Video
Reactor 60th Anniversary Video
Nuclear Matters Panel Discussion Video


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. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs. Our actively growing program has 8 faculty members and almost 90 graduate students. In the Radiation Science and Engineering Center, nuclear engineering students can take advantage of the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the longest operating university research reactor in the country. Visit for more information.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519