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Nuclear science, engineering spark collaborations across Penn State and beyond


Penn State's Radiation Science & Engineering Center (RSEC), home to the Breazeale Reactor, is expanding to accommodate an equipment donation valued at $9.8 million and to facilitate more advanced neutron beam research as well as the growth of nuclear engineering at Penn State.

Engineering and Applied Research Laboratory award defense research seed grants


In support of multidisciplinary research, the Penn State College of Engineering and the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) collaborated to create a new seed grant program.

Department of Energy awards to support students researching nuclear energy


Three students in the Penn State College of Engineering were selected to receive awards through the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy Integrated University Program.

Nuclear engineering student receives scholarship from global society


Matthew Durbin, a nuclear engineering doctoral candidate, received a Graduate Scholarship award from the Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society, a technical society within the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Nuclear engineering alumni aim to connect past and future with naming gift


Nuclear engineering alumni Pat Loftus and Douglas Wood are collaborating on a contribution for the Nuclear Innovation Commons (NIC), a 5,000-square-foot nuclear engineering collaborative space under construction in Hallowell Building.

College of Engineering announces faculty promotions


Fourteen Penn State College of Engineering tenure-line faculty members have been selected for promotions, effective July 1.

College of Engineering announces spring 2021 student marshals


Fifteen graduating seniors from the College of Engineering have been selected to serve as student marshals for Penn State’s spring commencement ceremony.

Penn State, central Pennsylvania host 'Remake Learning' events in April, May


Penn State and central Pennsylvania will host more than 40 events this spring in conjunction with "Remake Learning Days Across America," a festival of innovation intended to encourage creativity, perseverance and curiosity among youth from pre-K through high school.

College of Engineering names inaugural 40 Under 40 Alumni Award honorees


The Penn State College of Engineering has selected the first cohort of honorees as part of its new 40 Under 40 Alumni Award program, which recognizes graduates who are 40 years old or younger for their early career impact.

EarthTalks: Head of nuclear engineering looks to stars for clean energy


The National Academy of Engineering identified the harnessing of energy from nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the sun, as one of the grand challenges of this century.

$100K nuclear engineering alumnus gift supports reactor licensing program


For Don and Julie Moul, Penn State has been the touchstone in their lives, the place that feels most like home amidst career changes and moves.

Investigating Amelia Earhart's disappearance mystery with neutrons


It was 11-year-old Logan's turn to choose a television show to watch with his dad, Daniel Beck, in October of 2020. Logan turned on the National Geographic channel, which was airing the 2019 documentary "Expedition Amelia."

New nuclear engineering faculty to investigate materials through computation


Miaomiao "Mia" Jin will join the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering faculty as an assistant professor on Jan. 1, 2021.

Newly established director for international engineering student support named


Melika Sharifironizi, former assistant research professor in Penn State’s Department of Architectural Engineering and Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, has been named director for international engineering programs.

Nuclear engineering alumnus named director of Idaho National Laboratory


John Wagner, a Penn State nuclear engineering alumnus, has been selected director of Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He will begin his new role on Dec. 11.

College of Engineering promotes campaigns for 2020 #GivingTuesday


The Penn State College of Engineering invites alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff and students to celebrate the power of giving back as part of #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Tungsten develops layers under fusion reactor extreme heat conditions


In tokamaks, magnetic confinement devices being explored for use as nuclear fusion reactors, anomalous events can cause a transfer of energy with 10 million times the intensity of the solar radiation on Earth's surface.

Nuclear engineering department head speaks on fusion pilot plant panel


Jean Paul Allain, head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, was invited by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to speak at a panel discussion on the key goals and innovations needed for development of the first fusion energy pilot plant in the country.

Nuclear engineering professor receives American Nuclear Society award


Kenan Ünlü, director of Penn State's Radiation Science and Engineering Center and professor of nuclear engineering, was selected to receive the 2020 Radiation Science and Technology Award from the American Nuclear Society Isotopes and Radiation Division.

Penn State receives $3 million to contribute to national Center of Excellence


The national Center of Excellence for Thermal Fluids Applications in Nuclear Energy at Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory has a new member.

Nuclear engineer receives $3.6 million in grants to improve reactors


In nuclear fusion reactors, the nuclei of atoms fuse to generate more energy than is consumed. This energy-producing plasma is roughly the temperature of the sun, which is powered by the same fusion energy principles. The sun, however, does not need to be confined in the way fusion plasma requires on Earth.

New nuclear engineering faculty to focus on next-generation nuclear power plants


In January 2020, Xing Wang joined the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering.

Nuclear engineering professor receives national 2020 Lewis F. Moody Award


Elia Merzari, associate professor of nuclear engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been awarded the 2020 Lewis F. Moody Award by the fluid engineering division (FED) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Penn State to lead $30 million university research alliance


The Department of Defense's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) has awarded a combined total of $51.1 million to two university research alliances to counter threats of destruction, with a specific focus on improving current and developing future warfighter technology.

New nuclear engineering faculty aims to expand student research, collaboration


Saya Lee, former associate research engineer at Texas A&M University, will join the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering in the Penn State College of Engineering as an assistant professor on Aug. 17.

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