Letter from Chair
Dear Prospective Undergraduate,
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Nuclear Engineering Department at UC Berkeley. We believe that students majoring in our field have a unique opportunity to benefit from the advantages of a small, congenial department with a low student-to-faculty ratio and exciting prospects for research and future employment. Most of our undergraduates have the opportunity to work alongside graduate students in our research laboratories on topics ranging from fusion energy experiments to modeling cancer therapy, and many pursue double majors as well.
In the Nuclear Engineering Department, you can study state-of-the-art computational technologies, that solve real problems that our society faces such as cancer treatment, fusion power plant design, and radioactive waste disposal.
Per F. Peterson, Professor & Chair
Detailed Monte Carlo calculations now provide an accurate simulation for radiation cancer treatment even within the complex structure of the nasal cavity: (a) CT scan (left) (b) Dose distribution (LLNL PEREGRINE simulation)
Computation fluid dynamics is used to predict debris venting in inertial fusion energy power plants, here showing ablation and target debris a brief120 microseconds after target ignition, in a chamber operating at 6 Hz.
Recent modeling predicts the migration of uranium, plutonium and boron in a fractured rock, showing that plutonium would stay confined within 10 m range, whereas uranium and boron spread through the rock.