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 around the globe; world-class faculty hailing from China, Iran, Slovakia, and the United States; and more than 1,300 alumni living and working worldwide, NSE is 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.
- The nation's largest health physics program by number of graduates
- #11 nuclear engineering program in the nation
- 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 (2017-2018)
By the numbers
- 338 students
- 203 undergraduates
- 95 master's students
- 40 doctoral students
- 75 degrees conferred
- 12 tenured/tenure track faculty
- 9 research faculty and instructors
- 2 NEUP Fellowships awarded
- $10.4 million in grants awarded
- $8 million in research expenditures
- 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 and 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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