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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

Field Trip to Pacific Steel Casting

Tuesday, Nov 29th 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2017 - The students of Professor Peter Hosemann's NE120 Materials Course took a field trip today to Pacific Steel Casting.  This local steel casting company, established in 1934, specializes in sand casting.  The workers showed the students the process from computer modeling engineering components to the final product. The students witnessed the pouring of stainless steel into molds as well as the quality control, mold fabrication and post-casting heat treatment, as well as  cleaning processes.


Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp: Tomorrow Today

Sunday, Nov 6th 2016

The Nuclear Innovation Bootcamp will be returning to Berkeley in 2017, this time with a greater number of students and will also be opening up a module tract for early-career professionals.  The bootcamp mission is simple: Creating a clean tomorrow today.  

The Bootcamp will be held July 16th - 29th, 2017.

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Professor Rachel Slaybaugh at SXSW Eco

Friday, Oct 14th 2016

Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Professor Rachel Slaybaugh participated in a panel discussion at SXSW Eco on Wednesday, October 12 in Austin, Texas, "Exploring the Advanced Nuclear Ecosystem" along with Assistant Secretary John Kotek of the Office of Nuclear Ene


Upcoming Events

The Department of Nuclear Engineering regularly hosts lectures and colloquia from academic and industry professionals. Past colloquia can be found within the Colloquium Archive.

Stay tuned for future event announcements.