Azaree Lintereur joins faculty in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

September 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Azaree Lintereur has joined the department as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering. She comes to Penn State from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, where she was an assistant professor of nuclear engineering. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Florida, where she also earned a master’s degree with an emphasis on medical physics. Her research interests include radiation detector development, nondestructive assay techniques, and 3He alternative technologies.

We asked Azaree a few questions about herself and her plans to make an impact in mechanical and nuclear engineering at Penn State.

What excites you about joining the MNE Department?

I am really excited to be part of a large and growing Nuclear Engineering Program.  There are a lot of resources here, such as the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, that will allow me to advance my research program.

What can students expect from you in the classroom?

Interactive lectures; I expect students to engage during lectures and I use a lot of questions, especially focused on the fundamentals, to be sure students understand why problems are solved a certain way, not just how to solve the problems.  

What have you found in Happy Valley that you really like or are looking forward to?

I’m looking forward to exploring all the state parks.

What unique strength do you hope to bring to the department?

While my research predominately focuses on radiation detector development, I also have a background in Medical Physics (medical uses of radiation), and I hope to create opportunities to pursue some medically related research.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Pretty much anything active, in particular I enjoy riding horses, mountain biking, and CrossFit.

Where are you from originally?

Northern Wisconsin (and yes, I like cheese)

What professional goals do you hope to achieve here at Penn State?

I hope to develop a strong detector development research program that will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their own careers.


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Azaree Lintereur

Azaree Lintereur, assistant professor of nuclear engineering.



The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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