University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering
UW-Madison's nuclear reactor

UW-Madison's nuclear reactor


Fission reactors

BS, MS and PhD in Nuclear Engineering


We have both undergraduate and graduate programs in the fission area. These programs emphasize the use of nuclear energy for electricity production. The undergraduate curriculum is comprehensive, covering nuclear physics, reactor physics, thermohydraulics, materials, and environmental issues. Two required laboratory classes make extensive use of our TRIGA reactor. These majors generally end up working at a reactor owner, operator or vendor. At the graduate level, we have strong programs in reactor safety, thermohydraulics, nuclear materials, neutronics, and the nuclear fuel cycle.


Radiation sciences

BS in Nuclear Engineering - Radiation Sciences Track


As part of our undergraduate program in nuclear engineering, we have a radiation sciences track that emphasizes the non-electric applications of nuclear energy. The program focuses on nuclear engineering fundamentals, with emphasis on ionizing radiation. These students often go on to further study in health or medical physics.


Fusion science and technology
MS, PhD in Nuclear Engineering  


Fusion science and technology is still a research endeavor, as there is no commercial fusion industry. Hence, our fusion programs are largely graduate programs. 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.