The Department of Engineering Physics offers a broad program of instruction and research in engineering mechanics, in several areas of engineering physics and materials science, and in the principles and applications of the interaction of radiation with matter. Because of the broad range of instruction and research offered, the department grants the following graduate degrees:
- MS, Engineering Mechanics
- PhD, Engineering Mechanics
- MS, Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics
- PhD, Nuclear Engineering & Engineering Physics
The nuclear engineering programs in the fission area emphasize the use of nuclear energy for electricity production. We have strong programs in reactor safety, thermohydraulics, nuclear materials, neutronics, and the nuclear fuel cycle.
Fusion science and technology is still a research endeavor since there is no commercial fusion industry. To address the physics side of fusion, we have world-class programs in computational, theoretical and experimental plasma physics. We also have programs covering the physics of imploding fusion targets, suitable for inertial fusion devices. Finally, we have a substantial effort in fusion technology, which explores the technologies we'll need to build fusion reactors.
The "cross-fertilization" resulting from both of these programs being in the same department adds strength to each. For example, fluid and solid mechanics are important elements of current research on nuclear reactor safety. Computational research in both engineering mechanics and engineering physics involves similar numerical methods and a common approach to fundamental problems.
Innovative research is at the heart of the graduate program. Our faculty members are outstanding scholars whose interests span both traditional and emerging areas of nuclear engineering, engineering physics, and engineering mechanics. Their work puts them at the forefront of current research, and many have been recognized for their contributions with awards from national and international organizations.