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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.


  • 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.


  • RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: One of Prof. Per Peterson's research foci on nuclear thermal hydraulics is the Pebble Bed Advanced High Temperature Reactor (PB-AHTR), which is a liquid salt cooled, high temperature reactor design developed at UC Berkeley in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other national labs.


Latest News

No Ocean-Borne Radiation from Fukushima Detected on West Coast Shoreline

Wednesday, May 7th 2014

Professor Kai Vetter and Keenan Thomas along with Professor Steven Manley from California State University, Long Beach and Mark Bandstra and Al Smith from Berkeley Lab have published the first results of Kelp Watch 2014. No radioactivity that could be associated with the releases in Fukushima about three years ago was detected.  

Request for White Papers

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

The FESAC Strategic Planning Panel invites all members of the fusion-research and plasma-science communities to submit a white paper expressing a particular scientific topic’s status and priorities, as updated from the 2007 Greenwald’s FESAC panel report on Priorities, Gaps, and Opportunities, and a separate white paper expressing that topic's associated initiatives, i.e., new and exciting topic sub-elements of a given program element.

Prof. Norman's Cal Day Talk Available for Download

Thursday, Apr 17th 2014

Prof. Eric Norman's very popular presentation on Cal Day 2014, "Is Radioactivity from Fukushima a Problem for the US?" is now available for download.  The presentation in PDF format can be downloaded following the link below.

Upcoming Event

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.