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Program mission, goals, educational objectives
and educational outcomes




To provide an education of the highest quality in nuclear engineering.




1. To provide students with exceptional strength in technical fundamentals across the core disciplines
    of nuclear engineering.
2. To create a collegial environment that is conducive to intellectual challenge and excitement.
3. To encourage and support research programs that provide undergraduate research opportunities.


NEEP educational objectives for undergraduate education


The NEEP faculty recognize that our graduates will choose to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their undergraduate years to pursue a wide variety of career and life goals and we encourage this diversity of paths. Initially, we expect graduates will begin their careers in fields that utilize their knowledge, education and training in the interaction of radiation with matter as it applies to health, power or security.


Whatever path our graduates choose to pursue, our educational objectives for the nuclear engineering and engineering mechanics programs are to allow them to:


1. Exhibit strong performance and continuous development in problem-solving, leadership, teamwork,
    and communication, initially applied to nuclear engineering* or engineering mechanics,
    and demonstrating an unwavering commitment to excellence.
2. Demonstrate continuing commitment to, and interest in, his or her training and education**, as well as those of others.
3. Transition seamlessly into a professional environment and make continuing, well-informed career choices**.
4. Contribute to their communities.


Educational outcomes


Nuclear Engineering Program students are expected to have…


1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. This includes:
    a. an ability to apply knowledge of basic mathematics, science and engineering
    b. an ability to use advanced mathematical and computational techniques to analyze, model,
        and design physical systems consisting of solid and fluid components under
        steady state and transient conditions.
    c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.
    d. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
3. an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
4. knowledge of professional and ethical standards.
5. an ability to communicate effectively.
6. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
7. a recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.
8. a knowledge of contemporary issues.


Program Enrollment and Degree Data »

* Nuclear Engineering is concerned with the practical application of nuclear and radiation processes. In addition to energy from nuclear fission and fusion processes, nuclear engineering includes the production and use of radiation and radioisotopes in medicine, food processing, and industrial processes. Nuclear Engineering is based on fundamental areas related to the interaction of radiation with matter. Some examples include: nuclear and reactor physics, radiation science technologies, nuclear materials, thermal-hydraulics, safety as well as plasma physics applied to fusion.

** Careers beyond the students' baccalaureate degrees can take two natural paths. One path is where the students continue their education at the graduate level (MS and/or PhD). Another path is one in which the students embark on their professional careers in the nuclear engineering field; i.e., industry, government and academic.

Approved May 2005.