Nuclear Science and Engineering

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Research and education in nuclear science and engineering first began at MIT in 1948.

The program was one of the first of its kind in the country, and civilians and military personnel flocked to the Institute to learn about nuclear weapons and propulsion. Today the department focuses on creating a broad range of nuclear engineering applications that improve human and environmental health. MIT researchers conducted one of the first studies on nuclear reactors for large-scale electricity generation in 1953. Today we are working to make nuclear power the safest, most economical, and most environmentally friendly way of generating electricity.

Despite having roots at MIT that span more than 60 years, nuclear engineering is relatively new compared to other engineering disciplines, and its many applications will benefit society in areas from healthcare and radiation detection to space exploration and advanced materials. Our community members make key scientific and engineering advances in fission engineering and nuclear energy, fusion and plasma physics, and nuclear science and technology. We conduct research to support the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor project and collaborate with experts throughout industry and academia.

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MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 22.033Nuclear Systems Design ProjectFall 2002
 22.058Principles of Medical ImagingFall 2002
 22.101Applied Nuclear PhysicsFall 2003
 22.101Applied Nuclear PhysicsFall 2006
 22.105Electromagnetic InteractionsFall 2005
 22.106Neutron Interactions and ApplicationsSpring 2005
 22.251Systems Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel CycleFall 2005
 22.312Engineering of Nuclear ReactorsFall 2007
 22.313JThermal Hydraulics in Power TechnologySpring 2007
 22.314JStructural Mechanics in Nuclear Power TechnologyFall 2006
 22.33Nuclear Systems Design ProjectFall 2002
 22.351Systems Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel CycleFall 2005
 22.38Probability And Its Applications To Reliability, Quality Control, And Risk AssessmentFall 2005
 22.39Integration of Reactor Design, Operations, and SafetyFall 2006
 22.40JFundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionSpring 2004
 22.51Interaction of Radiation with MatterSpring 2003
 22.52JStatistical Thermodynamics of Complex LiquidsSpring 2004
 22.55JPrinciples of Radiation InteractionsFall 2004
 22.561JMagnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging TechniquesSpring 2006
 22.56JNoninvasive Imaging in Biology and MedicineFall 2005
 22.611JIntroduction to Plasma Physics IFall 2003
 22.611JIntroduction to Plasma Physics IFall 2006
 22.615MHD Theory of Fusion SystemsSpring 2007
 22.616Plasma Transport TheoryFall 2003
 22.68JSuperconducting MagnetsSpring 2003
 22.71JPhysical MetallurgySpring 2003
 22.71JPhysical MetallurgySpring 2004
 22.811JSustainable EnergySpring 2005
 22.811JSustainable EnergyJanuary (IAP) 2007
 22.812JManaging Nuclear TechnologySpring 2004
 22.82Engineering Risk-Benefit AnalysisSpring 2007
 22.903Photon and Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy and Its Applications in Condensed MatterSpring 2005
 22.920A Hands-On Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic ResonanceJanuary (IAP) 1997
 22.921Nuclear Power Plant Dynamics and ControlJanuary (IAP) 2006
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