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.

Alumni

  • 1970 nuclear engineering doctoral graduate Paul Lorenzini was the president of Pacific Power & Light, chief executive officer of PowerCor Australia, and co-founder of NuScale Power. He was NSE's first nuclear engineering doctoral graduate. 
  • 2017 nuclear engineering doctoral graduate Tommy Holschuh was awarded the Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Deslonde de Boisblanc distinguished postdoctoral appointment
  • 2010 radiation health physics graduate Erienne Kriesch was in the first group of women to serve onboard a U.S. Navy submarine. She is currently a submarine warfare instructor and assistant professor of naval cience at The Ohio State University.

Faculty

Programs

  • The nation's largest health physics program by number of graduates
  • #11 nuclear engineering program in the nation

Students

Research

  • FY 2017 marked the largest ever amount of research expenditures and grants awarded with $7.5 million in expenditures and $10.4 million in grants awarded.
  • 12 research partners in FY 2017 including the Deparment of Energy, NuScale Power, TerraPower, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission   

Partnerships

  • NuScale Power—the first company to ever submit a small modular reactor design certification application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission—was launched out of NSE research in the early 2000s.
  • Oregon State University is one of five universities making up the National University Consortium (NUC) with Idaho National Laboratory.  The NUC furthers the nation’s nuclear energy objectives. 

Facilities 

Quick Facts (2016-2017)* 

By the numbers

  • 335 students
    • 208 undergraduates, 127graduate students
  • 12 tenured/tenure track faculty
  • 2 NEUP Fellowships awarded 
  • $7.5 million in research expenditures
  • $10.4 million in grants awarded
  • 12 research partners
  • 3 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

  • Nuclear thermal hydraulics and reactor safety
  • Nuclear security, nonproliferation, and nuclear safeguards
  • Radiation transport and reactor physics
  • Radiation detection and measurement
  • Radiochemistry
  • Radioecology
 

 Facilities

  • Hydro-Mechanical Fuel Test Facility
  • High Temperature Test Facility
  • Multi-Application Small Light Water Reactor Facility
  • Advanced Plant Experimental Test Facility
  • Advanced Nuclear Systems Engineering Laboratory 
  • 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
  • Transient Reactor Test Loop (NEW)
  • Naval Reactor Test Loop (NEW)
  • Neutron Activation Facility
  • Endurance Flow Loop