Student in Nuclear Security Lab

Nuclear Science

We are using the principles of nuclear physics and nuclear science for non-power applications that benefit humankind.

Researchers in nuclear science focus on the production of radioisotopes, radiochemistry for the nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear imaging for industrial and medical applications. Penn State’s Radiation Science and Engineering Center, which houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, gives students and faculty a unique opportunity to conduct research on the interaction of materials and devices with nuclear radiation.

Research Labs and Centers

Radiation Science and Engineering Center

Radiation Science and Engineering Center
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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 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