Faculty and partners visit nuclear reactor

Nuclear Safety

We are advancing the understanding of nuclear power safety to help meet the worldwide demand for clean, reliable power.

Our research and education in nuclear safety is aimed at advancing the base technology in nuclear power safety and developing marketable research tools and products useful for promoting the safe operation of existing power plants; providing information on the design and development of inherently safe new reactors; and educating both students of nuclear engineering and those working in the field today.

Research Labs and Centers

Global Nuclear Power Safety Center

Radiation Science and Engineering Center Images
Fan-Bill Cheung

Advaniced Multi-phase Flow Lab Video
Reactor 60th Anniversary Video
Nuclear Matters Panel Discussion Video


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.

Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

137 Reber Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2519