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Engineers are creative problem solvers who make our lives better by designing and producing things that benefit people. They apply mathematical and scientific principles to find solutions to the challenges facing our society.

In the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, our programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country. A strong focus on experimental research distinguishes us from many other programs.

For undergraduates, we offer a strong engineering foundation with degrees in nuclear engineering, as well as dual degrees. Students can expand their engineering knowledge through one of the many academic minors available at Penn State or by joining a major-related club or student groups.

Our graduate programs are extremely flexible and students have the option of completing a resident or online masters degree, or a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering. Either way, students have the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s best faculty.

Employers love to hire Penn State engineers because of the contributions they make in the communities where they live and work. Our graduates regularly accept positions at Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, national research laboratories, and other research universities. In addition, many of our graduates start their own companies.

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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

Department of Nuclear Engineering

206 Hallowell Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6222