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  • WELCOME! At U.C. Berkeley, nuclear engineers are leading in research that will enable long-term sustainable and economic production of nuclear energy from fission and fusion; provide for responsible recycling and disposal of nuclear wastes; develop advanced, radiation tolerant materials for high-temperature applications; assure security by detecting illicit transfers of nuclear materials; and advance applications of nuclear methods for medical imaging and therapy.


  • One of Prof. Per Peterson's research foci on nuclear thermal hydraulics is Mark 1 Pebble-Bed FHR (Mk1 PB-FHR). The pre-conceptual design is the latest in a series of studies to explore potential designs for fluoride salt cooled, high temperature reactors. 


  • Research Spotlight: Prof. Peter Hosemann's research on nuclear materials and chemistry focuses on applying experimental materials science techniques to understanding the effects of radiation degradation on structural nuclear components (fission, fusion, spallation, etc.).


  • NEWS HIGHLIGHT: The Radwatch Air Monitoring team has put together a unique system that serves high-resolution gamma-ray data hourly to monitor naturally occurring, airborne radioactivity. Weather data are also served to provide insight to correlations that exist in the transport of these radionuclides.


Latest News

Give Big to UCBNE in the Big Give

Wednesday, Nov 18th 2015


UCBNE Professor Eric Norman Recognized by Breakthrough Prize

Tuesday, Nov 10th 2015

UCBNE Professor Eric Norman is a member of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) experiment team (who were also recognized as laureates this year by the Breakthrough Institute) led by Prof.


NSSC MSI Research Institution Receives Grant to Establish New Courses

Thursday, Oct 15th 2015

The University of Texas at El Paso, an NSSC MSI Research Institution, was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the NRC to establish new courses in nuclear engineering and to conduct research on next-generation materials for nuclear reactors.


Faculty Positions

The Department of Nuclear Engineering seeks applications for a Nuclear Instrumentation Non-Tenure/Tenure Faculty Position.

Upcoming Events

The Department of Nuclear Engineering regularly hosts lectures and colloquia from academic and industry professionals. Past colloquia can be found within the Colloquium Archive.

Stay tuned for future event announcements.