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Nuclear Engineering

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.

Travis Trahan Ph.D. Candidate, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences - University of Michigan

Dr. Travis Trahan
Dr. Trahan received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2014. He is now a R&D Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.


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…

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There have been many famous scientists and discoverers in nuclear history. Here is a brief history of those who have paved the way.

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