An academic degree program offered by more than 35 universities in the United States at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. The nuclear engineering curriculum typically includes reactor systems studies, fuel cycle, materials science, radiation interaction, space reactors, and advanced concepts.
Nuclear engineers harness the power of the atom to benefit humankind. They search for efficient ways to capture and put to beneficial use those tiny natural bursts of energy from a disintegrating atom. As a nuclear engineer, you may be challenged by problems in consumer and industrial power, space exploration, water supply, agriculture and environmental pollution, health, and transportation. Participation in these broad areas can lead you into many exciting and challenging careers. These could include interaction of radiation with matter, radiation measurements, radioisotope production and use, reactor engineering, and fusion reactors and materials.
As a nuclear engineer, you might…
- Develop designs for nuclear plants for electricity production and to power naval vessels.
- Apply radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
- Develop ways to use radiation to produce and preserve food supplies.
- Operate and support nuclear energy systems to reduce environmental pollution from fossil fuels.
- Develop power plants to power satellites and deep space probes.
- Develop and apply regulations to ensure safety in handling radiation sources and operating nuclear systems.