In the future, the demand for nuclear and radiation engineers is expected to encompass many new areas and technologies. Consequently, the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering Certificate Program can expect to allow students to enter a wide choice of challenging and rewarding career opportunities and prepare them to work on a variety of diverse problems in industry or graduate school.

Faculty Advisor: Sheldon Landsberger,

Industry Applicability

This certificate program area is appropriate to prepare mechanical engineers for jobs in industry that deal with one or more of the following:

  • Mechanical Engineer or Reactor Operator at nuclear power plants (e.g. South Texas Project and Comanche Peak in Texas)
  • Researcher at a National Lab (e.g. Los Alamos or Sandia), many who go on to receive a MS degree via distance learning
  • Design Engineer at Knoll Atomic Laboratory or Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, designing future nuclear submarines
  • Potential to enter nuclear engineering graduate schools involved with thermodynamics research projects

Required Courses (choose any three)


M E 336P Concepts in Nuclear/Radiation Engineering
M E 337C Introduction to Nuclear Power Systems
M E 337E Radioactive Waste Management
M E 337G Nuclear Safety and Security
M E 361E Nuclear Reactor Engineering
M E 361F Radiation and Radiation Protection Laboratory

Graduate (may be taken with instructor approval)

M E 388C Nuclear Power Engineering
M E 388D Nuclear Reactor Theory I
M E 388H Nuclear Safety and Security
M E 388M Mathematical Methods for Nuclear and Radiation Engineers
M E 388P Applied Nuclear Physics
M E 389C Nuclear Environmental Protection
M E 389F The Nuclear Fuel Cycle
M E 390G Nuclear Engineering Laboratory
M E 390T Nuclear and Radiochemistry

Project Class (choose one)

M E 377K Projects in Mechanical Engineering
M E 397P Projects in Mechanical Engineering

For course descriptions visit the University Catalog.

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