Faculty and partners visit nuclear reactor

Nuclear Safety

We are advancing the understanding of nuclear power safety to help meet the worldwide demand for clean, reliable power.

Our research and education in nuclear safety is aimed at advancing the base technology in nuclear power safety and developing marketable research tools and products useful for promoting the safe operation of existing power plants; providing information on the design and development of inherently safe new reactors; and educating both students of nuclear engineering and those working in the field today.

Research Labs and Centers

Global Nuclear Power Safety Center

Fan-Bill Cheung

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 nuce.psu.edu.

Department of Nuclear Engineering

205 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6938