NC State Nuclear Engineering ranked 3rd in the nation

The US News & World Report released their 2024 rankings and the nuclear engineering graduate program at NC State University ranked 3rd. It is the 6th year in a row for this placement among 25+ programs. The department is the only stand-alone program in the U.S. Southeast and part of the driving force for nuclear science and engineering nationally and internationally.

Twenty-seven (27) tenured/tenure-track faculty members along with three (3) research/teaching professors prepare the next generation of undergraduate and graduate students. The graduate program includes an accelerated bachelor-master program, a master of science and master of nuclear engineering, a doctoral degree and a growing set of graduate certificates – nuclear nonproliferation science and policy, health physics, and They also contribute to research foci and cross-cutting areas in reactor systems engineering, radiation interactions & detection, plasma science & engineering, nuclear fuel & materials, modelling & simulation, nuclear waste management, nuclear security & non-proliferation, nuclear reactor program, and health physics. The 1-MW PULSTAR research reactor is a UNC Board of Governor’s Center.

Highlights include,

  • Two of twelve recent American Nuclear Society (ANS) Fellows include Dr. John Mattingly, professor and university faculty scholar and alumnus Dr. G. Ivan Maldonado.
  • The highest recognition at NC State University – the Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence award – was awarded to Dr. K.L Murty, Progress Energy Distinguished Professor. He is one of four faculty to receive this medal in 2024 and the 2nd in the Department.
  • At the end of the annual conference this June 2024, Professor Lisa Marshall became the American Nuclear Society president. Alumnus Harsh Desai enters his 2nd term as ANS treasurer and ten other faculty, graduate student, alumni, postdoctoral scholar, and advisory board member assumed leadership roles.
  • $3 million was received from the State of North Carolina for an on-campus advanced research reactor feasibility study.
  • Seven S. Department of Energy Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) awards for 2024-25 are being led, co-led, or include NC State Nuclear Engineering faculty. Their participation contributes to more than $19.1 million to support nuclear energy research and development, university nuclear infrastructure, and undergraduate and graduate education.
  • S. Department of Energy (DOE) University Leadership Nuclear Program (UNLP) awarded 6 scholarships and 2 fellowships. These awards are among the most prestigious nationally.
  • $2.1 million U.S. DOE grant for neutral beam injectors in fusion research
  • S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) grant on hydrogen sensors for enhanced safety of nuclear facilities
  • NC State’s portion of $2.2 million from the U.S. DOE NNSA Consortium for Nuclear Forensics(University of Florida-led)
  • $1 million U.S. DOE R&D Award on real-time molten salt monitoring with INL & Copenhagen Atomics
  • $1 million funding from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) PSAAP-III for partnership in Exascale Monte Carlo Neutron Transport (CEMeNT) led by OSU
  • $2 million U.S. DOE Consent-based Siting for Interim Storage Consortium (1 of 12 awards)

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