A place in the past and a stake in the future

Founded in 1959, we boast a global influence and are 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 around the globe; world-class faculty hailing from China, Iran, Poland, Slovakia, and the United States; and more than 1,300 alumni living and working in the United States and abroad, we are driving the future of nuclear science through engineering and health physics.


  • 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. 



  • No 1. radiation health physics program in the nation by number of graduates.
  • No. 9 U.S. News & World Report "Best Online Graduate Engineering Program" 
  • No. 11 U.S. News & World Report "Best Nuclear Engineering Programs" 


  • 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. 
  • Oregon State is a member of the Consortium for Verification Technology — a group of 12 universities and nine national laboratories working together to develop new technologies for nuclear-treaty verification. 


Quick facts

By the numbers (based on data as of Sept. 1, 2019)

  • 318 students
    • 173 undergraduates
    • 109 master's students
    • 36 doctoral students
  • 80 degrees conferred
  • 18 faculty
  • $8 million in research expenditures

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

  • Ionizing radiation dosimetry, detection, measurement, and instrumentation
  • Nuclear security, nonproliferation, safeguards, and fuel cycle
  • Nuclear thermal hydraulics and reactor safety
  • Materials for nuclear engineering applications
  • Radiation transport and reactor physics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Radioecology 


  • Advanced Nuclear Systems Engineering Laboratory
  • Camera-Observed & Instrumented Loop Facility
  • 1.1 MW TRIGA Mark II Pulsing Research Reactor
  • Advanced Plant Experimental Test Facility
  • Gamma & Alpha Spectrometry Laboratory
  • Laser-Imaged Natural Circulation Facility
  • High Performance Computing Cluster
  • NuScale Integral Systems Test Facility
  • Laboratory of Transuranic Elements
  • Hydro-Mechanical Fuel Test Facility
  • Radioecology Research Laboratory
  • Multi-User Counting Laboratory
  • High Temperature Test Facility
  • Neutron Radiography Facility
  • Transient Reactor Test Loop
  • Neutron Activation Facility
  • Naval Reactor Test Loop
  • Endurance Flow Loop

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