Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Utah's only Nuclear Engineering program

The Utah Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) prepares students for rewarding careers and leadership positions in the development and application of nuclear processes, instrumentation, and nuclear systems, with the goal of maximizing the societal benefits of nuclear energy.

Using our TRIGA (Training, Research, Isotopes, General Atomics) Nuclear Research Reactor as a core training and educational facility, UNEP’s overarching goal is to continually make strides in the advancement of multidisciplinary nuclear-related fields such as

  • actinide synthesis,
  • electronics nesting,
  • energy,
  • medical isotope production,                           
  • nuclear forensics,
  • nuclear safeguards,
  • and radiation detection.



Housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNEP has developed a Nuclear Engineering curriculum that fills critical educational and competency gaps for engineers and scientists involved in the nuclear power and radioactive waste industries, nuclear medicine, homeland security, radiation safety, and nuclear materials detection. UNEP has an undergraduate minor and two graduate degrees (M.S. non-thesis and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering). The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree are established to meet the expectations of nuclear industry in the state of Utah, the nation, and the world.

UNEP is responsible for educating the next generation workforce in critical nuclear engineering fields and developing innovative procedures and technologies for the advancement of nuclear applications.

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