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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.


  • One of Prof. Per Peterson's research foci on nuclear thermal hydraulics is Mark 1 Pebble-Bed FHR (Mk1 PB-FHR). The pre-conceptual design is the latest in a series of studies to explore potential designs for fluoride salt cooled, high temperature reactors. 


  • Research Spotlight: Prof. Peter Hosemann's research on nuclear materials and chemistry focuses on applying experimental materials science techniques to understanding the effects of radiation degradation on structural nuclear components (fission, fusion, spallation, etc.).


  • 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.


Latest News

The Passing of Professor Stanley Prussin

Friday, Sep 18th 2015

It is with extraordinary sadness that we announce the death of Professor Stanley Gerald Prussin.  He died at home in Kensington, California on August 20, 2015 after a lengthy illness.


NE Professor Lee Bernstein Receives Three Awards

Friday, Aug 28th 2015

Dr. Lee Bernstein, a Nuclear Engineering Department Adjunct Professor and LLNL employee, has been awarded a record THREE awards from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Physical and Life Sciences Directorate.


Professor Slaybaugh Quoted in The Scientist

Monday, Aug 10th 2015

Nuclear Engineering Professor Rachel Slaybaugh was quoted in an August 1, 2015 article in The Scientist.   The article, entitled "Get With the Program: DIY tips for adding coding to your analysis arsenal", provided tips and suggestions for introducing data analysis tools into research.   Professor Slaybaugh pointed out the importance of using version-controlled software and documenting code.  The full article can be read here:


Upcoming Events

Rethinking Nuclear: How Can We Change the World’s Cumulative Carbon Emissions Soon Enough?
Joseph Lassiter III, Ph.D.
Mon, 10/12/2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall
Fall 2015 Colloquium Series
New Data on the Real Costs of Historical Nuclear Power Around the World
Jessica Lovering
Mon, 10/19/2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
3105 Etcheverry Hall
Fall 2015 Colloquium Series
Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future
Henry Sokolski, Ph.D
Wed, 10/21/2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
41 Evans Hall
Fall 2015 Colloquium Series