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. The department distinguishes itself from other programs with a strong focus on experimental research in power, science, security and safety. 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 department also houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, the country’s first and longest operating licensed nuclear reactor. The construction and operation of the reactor introduced nuclear engineering to Penn State, and, in doing so, harnessed research and educational opportunities as key strengths for the department. See how we’re inspiring change and impacting tomorrow at

Department of Nuclear Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938