NES – Nuclear Engineering and Science

The NES Thrust Area’s focus is research and education for advancement of nuclear engineering science and its application in power, security, medicine and policy. Members of NES are primarily engaged in development of computational methodologies for design and analysis of nuclear systems, establishment of experimental capabilities for understanding basic phenomenon and benchmarking of computational tools, and the study and analysis of public policy in nuclear science.

The current activities of NES includes areas such as: nuclear materials and fuel modeling and chemistry; advanced particle transport methods and codes development for real-time simulation of nuclear systems with specific application in reactor physics, reactor shielding, radiation detection design, and medical imaging; reactor thermal-hydraulics fundamentals and reactor safety analysis; and development of advanced reactor fuel cycles and designs for addressing safety, security, sustainability, and policy.

In addition to the Mechanical Engineering faculty, the NES team works with faculty members and researchers from other departments and centers such as Advanced Computing Research and Visual Computing, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Science and Technologies in Society, and the School of Public and International Affairs. The members have significant research collaborations with universities, government organizations, and private industry, both nationally and internationally.

Without a doubt, NES faculty is poised to contribute to advancement of safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power, design of systems for nuclear materials monitoring and detection, design of radiation diagnosis and therapy, and science-based analysis for formulation of nuclear policy.

NES Areas of Research Study

Nuclear Materials and Fuel
Particle Transport Methods
Radiation Detection
Reactor Physics
Reactor Safety and Thermal-Hydraulics
Reactor Shielding

NES Specific Research Applications include:

Medical Imaging
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Policy
Nuclear Surety and Safeguards
Reactor Design

Faculty with NES as Primary Research Area

Ali Haghighat
Celine Hin
Mark Pierson
Jinsuo Zhang
Yang Liu