A place in the past and a stake in the future

Founded in 1959, the Oregon State University School of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) today boasts a global influence and is one of the top programs in the United States. We are known for our progressive research, large-scale test facilities, and industry and governmental partnerships. With students from 16 nations; world-class faculty hailing from China, Iran, Slovakia, and the United States; and more than 1,100 alumni living and working in 13 countries, NSE is driving the future of nuclear science through engineering and health physics. 


Quick Facts (2015-2016)* 

By the numbers

  • 318 enrolled students
    • 214 undergraduates, 104 graduate students
  • 11 tenured/tenure track faculty
  • 2 NEUP Fellowships awarded 
  • $5.8 million in research expenditures
  • $6.8 million in grants awarded
  • 19 research partners
  • 4 patents granted

*numbers are trailing year due to reporting nature. 

Degrees Offered

Nuclear Engineering: B.S., M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.

Health Physics: B.S., M.S., M.H.P., Ph.D.

Research Areas of Emphasis

Reactor Design
Thermal Hydraulics
Computational Physics
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Radiation Detector Design
Radiation Dosimetry
Fuel Cycle Chemistry
Medical Isotope Production
Nuclear Security & Safeguards
Neutron Tomography


Advanced Nuclear Instrumentation Development Laboratory

Advanced Thermal Hydraulic Research Laboratory

  • Multi-Application Small Light Water Reactor Facility
  • Advanced Plant Experimental Test Facility

Advanced Nuclear Systems Engineering Laboratory

  • Hydro-Mechanical Fuel Test Facility
  • High Temperature Test Facility
Camera-Observed and Instrumented Loop Facility
1.1 MW TRIGA Mark II Pulsing Research Reactor
Gamma and Alpha Spectrometry Laboratory
Laser-Imaged Natural Circulation Facility
High Performance Computing Cluster
Radioecology Research Laboratory
Laboratory of Transuranic Elements
Multi-User Counting Laboratory
Neutron Radiography Facility
Neutron Activation Facility 
Endurance Flow Loop