Student in Nuclear Security Lab

Nuclear Science

We are using the principles of nuclear physics and nuclear science for non-power applications that benefit humankind.

Researchers in nuclear science focus on the production of radioisotopes, radiochemistry for the nuclear fuel cycle, and nuclear imaging for industrial and medical applications. Penn State’s Radiation Science and Engineering Center, which houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, gives students and faculty a unique opportunity to conduct research on the interaction of materials and devices with nuclear radiation.

Research Labs and Centers

Radiation Science and Engineering Center

Radiation Science and Engineering Center
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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