Nuclear Engineering Program Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in nuclear engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc.,

Nuclear Engineering Education Mission Statement

Cognizant of the unique mission of Penn State in the Commonwealth and the nation, our program endeavors to produce graduates who are capable of becoming productive citizens in modern society. The education provided encompasses the full breadth of the discipline of nuclear engineering and consists of technical content, interactive and participatory learning and consistent reinforcement of the skills and characteristics consistent with a successful professional.

The most important asset we bring to this mission is our faculty. We will leverage the rich background and research accomplishments of our faculty by making appropriate use of research results in the classroom.

In this endeavor, the primary focus is on the student. Through admission standards, professional advising and consistent and high expectations, we lead the students, through lecture and example, toward our common goal of life as a professional in our society.

Nuclear Engineering Program Educational Objectives

(revised September 2016)

The overall educational objective of the nuclear engineering program is to help prepare our graduates to function effectively in a wide range of career paths in the discipline. To that end we endeavor to maintain and continuously improve a curriculum that prepares our graduates to:

  1. Apply the fundamentals of nuclear engineering to address technical challenges through analysis and design.
  2. Assume increasing professional responsibility while being cognizant of the economical, societal, global and ethical contexts of their work.
  3. Assume increasing leadership positions; be able to communicate effectively and to work effectively in a team environment.
  4. Seek advancement in their knowledge and careers through continuing technical and/or professional studies.

February 2017



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