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 have a small modular reactor design approved by 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. 


Quick facts

By the numbers (based on data as of Sept. 1, 2021)

  • 296 students
    • 154 undergraduates
    • 107 master's students
    • 35 doctoral students
  • 80 degrees conferred
  • 16 faculty
  • $5.9 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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