Nuclear Engineering

About the Nuclear Science Engineering Program

The Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Missouri was established in 1964 and conferred its first Master of Science degree in that same year.

Undergraduate students may pursue an academic minor in nuclear engineering (a baccalaureate degree is not offered at this time).

The master's program is designed for those entering students with a B.S. degree in engineering or in chemistry or physics. Students from other fields will be considered on an individual basis. Those students who have attained a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering may be given revised curricula depending on their backgrounds and the requirements of the specific program in which they are enrolled.

The Ph.D. program is typically tailored to fit the academic needs and research goals of our students. The graduate certificates provide students and working professionals with the opportunity to develop unique skills and expertise for jobs in the areas of nuclear material protection, control and accountability.

Professor Z. Chen, B. Deng, J. Gahl*, T. K. Ghosh**, N. Islam*, S. Jurisson*, S. Loyalka**, P. Pinhero, M. Prelas**, J. D. Robertson*, R. Thompson**
Associate Professor  S. Kovaleski, J. Kwon, K. Trauth*, R. Winholz
Assistant Professor M. Bernards,
Associate Teaching Professor G. Solbrekken
Assistant Teaching Professor S. Naz
 

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Graduate Faculty Member - membership is required to teach graduate-level courses, chair master's thesis committees, and serve on doctoral examination and dissertation committees.

**

Doctoral Faculty Member - membership is required to chair doctoral examination or dissertation committees.  Graduate faculty membership is a prerequisite for Doctoral faculty membership.


 

While MU does not offer undergraduate degrees specifically in nuclear engineering, the University does offer baccalaureate opportunities in a number of related areas, both within the College of Engineering, and in the other Schools and Colleges that make up the University. The catalog provides a complete list of these degree options.

Contact for prospective students (those intending to apply):
Dr. Naz Islam, Director of Graduate Studies
319 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-7570 or islamn@missouri.edu

Nuclear Engineering Program
Dr. John M. Gahl, Director
207 Engineering Building West
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-5345 or gahlj@missouri.edu

About the Nuclear Science Engineering Program

The Nuclear Engineering Program at University of Missouri was established in 1964 and conferred its first Master of Science degree in that same year. Educational programs are closely connected with the research focii of participating faculty members. The master's program is designed for those entering students with a B.S. degree in engineering or in chemistry or physics. Students from other fields will be considered on an individual basis. Those students who have attained a B.S. degree in nuclear engineering may be given revised curricula depending on their backgrounds and the requirements of the specific program in which they are enrolled. The Ph.D. program is typically tailored to fit the academic needs and research goals of our students. The graduate certificates provide students and working professionals with the opportunity to develop unique skills and expertise for jobs in the areas of nuclear material protection, control and accountability.

Illustrative Areas of Study

Course topics include nuclear materials management, aerosol mechanics, reactor safety analysis, nuclear energy conversion, reactor physics, reactor design, nondestructive testing and measurement, radiative heat transfer, neutron spectrometry, neutron and gamma ray transport, neutron activation analysis, nuclear waste management, nuclear plasma research, health physics, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy and alternative and renewable energy concepts.

Students Admitted in 2012 and Earlier

For nuclear engineering students admitted in 2012 and earlier (i.e., to the Nuclear Science Engineering Institute), the contact is

Dr. Tushar Ghosh
NSEI Director of Graduate Studies
E2433 Lafferre Hall
573-882-9736
ghosht@missouri.edu

 

 

 

NU_ENG 2201. Topics in Nuclear Engineering. 3 Credits.

Current and new developments in nuclear engineering. Prerequisites: sophomore standing; Physics [PHYSCS] 1210 and 1220 and Mathematics [MATH] 1100 or 1120 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 2303. Harnessing the Atoms in Everyday Life: Fulfill M Curie's Dream. 3 Credits.

Introduction to applications of nuclear science and technology, utilizing web-based learning scenarios.

NU_ENG 4001. Topics in Nuclear Engineering. 2-5 Credit.

Current and new developments in nuclear engineering. Prerequisite: instructor's consent. May be repeated for credit.

NU_ENG 4302. Safe Handling of Radioisotopes. 1 Credit.

Introduction of methods and procedures for safe handling of radioisotopes in the research laboratory. Intensive lecture and laboratory training sessions designed for persons planning to use radioisotopes at the University. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4303. Radiation Safety. 3 Credits.

(Same as Radiologic Sciences [RA_SCI] 4303) Types and origins of radiation; radiation detection and measurement; radiation interactions; shielding; dose calculations; federal, state and local regulations; and procedures for safe uses of radiation. Laboratory experiments in radiation measurements and protection. Prerequisite: college physics, calculus based.

NU_ENG 4305. Survey of Nuclear Engineering. 3 Credits.

Introductory topics in nuclear engineering. Atomic and nuclear physics; nuclear reactor principles under steady-state and transient conditions; heat removal; shielding; instrumentation; power generation; fusion. Prerequisite: concurrent with Mathematics [MATH] 4100.

NU_ENG 4306. Advanced Engineering Math. 3 Credits.

(same as Chemical Engineering [CH_ENG] 4306). Applies ordinary and partial differential equations to engineering problems; Fourier's series; determinants and matrices; Laplace transforms; analog computer techniques. Prerequisite: Mathematics [MATH] 4100.

NU_ENG 4315. Energy Systems and Resources. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 4020). Analysis of present energy usage in Missouri, USA and the world, evaluation of emerging energy technologies and trends for the future. Economics and environmental impact of the developed technologies. Prerequisite: Engineering [ENGINR] 2300 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 4319. Physics and Chemistry of Materials. 3 Credits.

(same as Physics [PHYSCS] 4190 and Biological Engineering [BIOL_EN] 4480 Chemistry [CHEM] 4490). Undergraduate/graduate level course offered every winter semester for students from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and Medical Departments and consists of lectures, laboratory demonstrations, two mid term and one final exam. Graduate students will submit a term paper. Prerequisite: PHYSCS 2760 and Chemistry [CHEM] 1320 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4320. Natural Resources and Nuclear Energy. 3 Credits.

Not for engineering students. Lecture, demonstration; describes physical environment, energy, power plants, nuclear reactors; radioactivity, its biological effects; health physics measures, rad-waste disposal; nuclear safeguards, nuclear explosives, societal implications. Prerequisite: high school algebra.

NU_ENG 4328. Introductory Radiation Biology. 3 Credits.

(same as Biological Sciences [BIO_SC] 4328, Radiology [RADIOL] 4328, Veterinary Medicine & Surgery [V_M_S] 7328). Concepts of ionizing radiations, their actions on matter through effects on simple chemical systems, biological molecules, cell, organisms, man. Prerequisite: junior standing, Sciences/Engineering; one course in Biological Sciences and Physics/Chemistry; or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4330. Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism. 3 Credits.

(same as Peace Studies [PEA_ST] 4330). Terrorism has been a familiar tool of political conflict, and it has assumed greater importance during the past twenty years. This subject has been treated by political scientists in various forms, but the scientific and technological aspects of different forms of terrorism cannot be found in a single place. It is important for persons who propose counter measures to understand the basics of different types of terrorism such as for instance the nature of chemical agents, their properties such as toxicity, etc. in order to build better defense systems.

NU_ENG 4331. Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction. 3 Credits.

Nonproliferation and impact on technology and world events. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing or instructor's consent. May be repeated for credit.

NU_ENG 4341. Nuclear Chemical Engineering. 3 Credits.

Principles and processes of importance in the field of nuclear technology.

NU_ENG 4346. Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Engineering I. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 4030). Engineering principles of nuclear power systems, primarily for the production of electrical energy. Prerequisites: Engineering [ENGINR] 1200, 2300 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 4349. Nuclear Engineering Materials. 3 Credits.

Properties of materials for reactor components; radiation damage and corrosion; metallurgy of reactor materials. Prerequisites: upper division or graduate standing in Physical Sciences or Engineering, or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4350. Nuclear Forensic Analysis. 3 Credits.

Principles/applications of nuclear techniques in solution of bioenvironmental problems. Uses of nuclear methods in studies of water/air pollution, biology, medicine, pesticides, geochemistry, ecological transport. Lectures, laboratory. Prerequisites: senior standing or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4353. Introduction to Fusion. 3 Credits.

Basic plasma physics, principles of thermonuclear fusion, plasma confinement and heating, and devices. Prerequisites: senior standing in Engineering or Science or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4357. Nuclear Heat Transport. 2 Credits.

Principles of heat transport in nuclear reactors. Brief review of the theory of flow coast down and convective heat transfer. Heat transfer loop experiments on flow coast down, steady state and transient forced convection heat transfer, boiling heat transfer. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4305, 4346 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4365. Nuclear Power Engineering. 3 Credits.

Nuclear reactor heat generation and removal; nuclear reactor coolants; analysis of nuclear reactor power plants. Prerequisite: Engineering [ENGINR] 2300.

NU_ENG 4369. Principles of Direct Energy Conversion. 3 Credits.

Principles and utilization of thermoelectric, thermionic, photovoltaic, magnetohydrodynamic generators and fuel cells. Prerequisites: Engineering [ENGINR] 2300, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 3400, or equivalent.

NU_ENG 4375. Introduction to Plasmas. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 4550). Equations of plasma physics, interaction of waves and plasmas; plasma sheaths and oscillations; measurements and applications. Prerequisites: ECE 4930 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 4379. Particulate Systems Engineering. 3 Credits.

An introduction to natural and engineered particulate systems. Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering [CH_ENG] 3234 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 4300 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 4382. Lasers and Their Applications. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 4570). Introduction to lasers, from both a conceptual viewpoint and from the application of Maxwell's equation, to develop the optical theory for lasers. Prerequisites: Physics [PHYSCS] 2760, and Mathematics [MATH] 4100.

NU_ENG 4391. Nuclear Radiation Detection. 3 Credits.

(same as Chemistry [CHEM] 4600). Principles and application of radiation detectors and analyzers: ionization, Geiger-Muller, proportional, liquid and solid scintillation, semiconductor, pulse height analyzers, coincidence circuits, data reduction, tracer applications, activation analysis. Lectures, laboratory. Prerequisites: senior standing or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7001. Topics in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 2-5 Credit.

Current and new developments in nuclear engineering. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7080. Medical Ethics for Medical Physics. 1 Credit.

This course will start with an introduction into medical ethics then transitions into research procedures with humans and animals. This course will cover research ethics, professional conduct, authorship, publishing, and plagiarism. Graduate Standing required.

NU_ENG 7085. Special Problems in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 1-5 Credit.

Special Problems in Nuclear Science and Engineering.

NU_ENG 7087. Seminar in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 1 Credit.

Reviews of investigations and projects of importance in nuclear engineering.

NU_ENG 7302. Safe Handling of Radioisotopes. 1 Credit.

Introduction of methods and procedures for safe handling of radioisotopes in the research laboratory. Intensive lecture and laboratory training sessions designed for persons planning to use radioisotopes at the University. Prerequisite: graduate standing and instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7303. Radiation Safety. 3 Credits.

Types and origins of radiation; radiation detection and measurement; radiation interactions; shielding; dose calculations; federal, state and local regulations; and procedures for safe uses of radiation. Laboratory experiments in radiation measurements and protection. Prerequisite: graduate standing and college physics, calculus based.

NU_ENG 7305. Survey of Nuclear Engineering. 3 Credits.

Introductory topics in nuclear engineering. Atomic and nuclear physics; nuclear reactor principles under steady-state and transient conditions; heat removal; shielding; instrumentation; power generation; fusion. Prerequisite: graduate standing and concurrent with Mathematics [MATH] 4100.

NU_ENG 7306. Advanced Engineering Math. 3 Credits.

(same as Chemical Engineering [CH_ENG] 4306). Applies ordinary and partial differential equations to engineering problems; Fourier's series; determinants and matrices; Laplace transforms; analog computer techniques. Prerequisite: graduate standing and Mathematics [MATH] 4100.

NU_ENG 7313. Nuclear Science for Engineering for Secondary Science Teachers. 3 Credits.

This one-week course is for high school science and math teachers, and provides basic of nuclear scheme concepts and their applications, types of radiation (including radiation detection and protection), and industrial, medical and nuclear power generation application. Prerequisite: instructor's consent; actively engaged in STEM teaching at the secondary level.

NU_ENG 7315. Energy Systems & Resources. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 7020). Analysis of present energy usage in Missouri, USA and the world, evaluation of emerging energy technologies and trends for the future. Economics and environmental impact of the developed technologies. Prerequisite: graduate standing and Engineering [ENGINR] 2300 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 7319. Physics and Chemistry of Materials. 3 Credits.

(same as Physics [PHYSCS] 7190, Biological Engineering [BIOL_EN] 4460 and Chemistry [CHEM] 7490). Undergraduate/graduate level course offered every winter semester for students from Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and Medical Departments and consists of lectures or laboratory demonstrations, two midterm and one final exam. Graduate students will submit a term paper. Prerequisite: graduate standing and Physics [PHYSCS] 2760 and Chemistry [CHEM] 1320 or equivalent and instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7320. Natural Resources and Nuclear Energy. 3 Credits.

Not for engineering students. Lecture, demonstration; describes physical environment, energy, power plants, nuclear reactors; radioactivity, its biological effects; health physics measures, rad-waste disposal; nuclear safeguards, nuclear explosives, societal implications. Prerequisite: graduate standing and high school algebra.

NU_ENG 7328. Introductory Radiation Biology. 3 Credits.

(same as Biological Sciences [BIO_SC], Radiology [RADIOL], Veterinary Medicine & Surgery [V_M_S] 7328). Concepts of ionizing radiations, their actions on matter through effects on simple chemical systems, biological molecules, cell, organisms, man. Prerequisite: graduate standing, Sciences/Engineering; one course in Biological Sciences and Physics/Chemistry; or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7330. Science and Technology of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism. 3 Credits.

Terrorism has been a familiar tool of political conflict, and it has assumed greater importance during the past twenty years. This subject has been treated by political scientists in various forms, but the scientific and technological aspects of different forms of terrorism cannot be found in a single place. It is important for persons who propose counter measures to understand the basics of different types of terrorism such as for instance the nature of chemical agents, their properties such as toxicity, etc. in order to build better defense systems. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

NU_ENG 7331. Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction. 3 Credits.

Nonproliferation & impact on technology and world events. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7335. Nuclear Safeguards Science and Technology. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 7335). This course provides an overview of nuclear materials management and safeguards, including physical protection systems, material accounting and control, monitoring, and regulatory issues. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4303/7303. Graduate Standing Required.

NU_ENG 7341. Nuclear Chemical Engineering. 3 Credits.

Principles and processes of importance in the field of nuclear technology. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

NU_ENG 7346. Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Engineering I. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 7030). Engineering principles of nuclear power systems, primarily for the production of electrical energy. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Engineering [ENGINR] 1200, 2300 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 7349. Nuclear Engineering Materials. 3 Credits.

Properties of materials for reactor components; radiation damage and corrosion; metallurgy of reactor materials. Prerequisites: upper division or graduate standing in Physical Sciences or Engineering, or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7350. Nuclear Forensic Analysis. 3 Credits.

Principles/applications of nuclear techniques in solution of bioenvironmental problems. Uses of nuclear methods in studies of water/air pollution, biology, medicine, pesticides, geochemistry, ecological transport. Lectures, laboratory. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 7303, instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7353. Introduction to Fusion. 3 Credits.

Basic plasma physics, principles of thermonuclear fusion, plasma confinement and heating, and devices. Prerequisites: graduate standing in Engineering or Science or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7357. Nuclear Heat Transport. 2 Credits.

Principles of heat transport in nuclear reactors. Brief review of the theory of flow coast down and convective heat transfer. Heat transfer loop experiments on flow coast down, steady state and transient forced convection heat transfer, boiling heat transfer. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4305, 4346 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7365. Nuclear Power Engineering. 3 Credits.

Nuclear reactor heat generation and removal; nuclear reactor coolants; analysis of nuclear reactor power plants. Prerequisite: graduate standing and Engineering [ENGINR] 2300.

NU_ENG 7369. Principles of Direct Energy Conversion. 3 Credits.

Principles and utilization of thermoelectric, thermionic, photovoltaic, magnetohydrodynamic generators and fuel cells. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Engineering [ENGINR] 2300, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 3400, or equivalent.

NU_ENG 7375. Introduction to Plasmas. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 7550). Equations of plasma physics, interaction of waves and plasmas; plasma sheaths and oscillations; measurements and applications. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 4930 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7379. Particulate Systems Engineering. 3 Credits.

An introduction to natural and engineered particulate systems. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Chemical Engineering [CH_ENG] 3234 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 4300 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 7382. Lasers and Their Applications. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 7570). An introductory course in lasers. The course treats the subject from both a conceptual viewpoint and from the application of Maxwell's equations, to develop the optical theory for lasers. The course includes approximately 10 class-room hours of laboratory work with lasers. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Physics [PHYSCS] 2760 and Mathematics [MATH] 4100.

NU_ENG 7391. Nuclear Radiation Detection. 3 Credits.

Principles and application of radiation detectors and analyzers: ionization, Geiger-Muller, proportional, liquid and solid scintillation, semiconductor, pulse height analyzers, coincidence circuits, data reduction, tracer applications, activation analysis. Lectures, laboratory. Prerequisites: graduate standing or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7422. Radiation Shielding. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of radiation interactions stressing neutron and gamma radiation transport; ray theory, removal theory, multi-group transport shield design principles. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8409 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 7470. Fast Reactor Analysis. 3 Credits.

Analytical methods for designing fast breeder reactor systems. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8412, 8432, 8451 or instructor's consent. Graded on a S/U basis only.

NU_ENG 8001. Advanced Topics in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 3 Credits.

Advanced developments in nuclear engineering. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8085. Problems in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 1-6 Credit.

Supervised investigation in nuclear engineering to be presented in the form of a report.

NU_ENG 8090. Research in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 1-99 Credit.

Independent investigation in nuclear engineering to be presented as a thesis. Graded on an S/U basis only.

NU_ENG 8402. Nuclear Fuel Cycle. 3 Credits.

Covers the nuclear fuel cycle from mine through enrichment, fuel element burn-up reactor physics, chemical reprocessing, waste disposal, with special emphasis on the newer proliferation-resistant fuel cycles. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4346 or 4305 and instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8403. Applied Topics in Medical Physics & Health Physics. 1-6 Credit.

Directed observations and experience in scientific aspects of daily operations in nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, radiotherapy and health physics. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

NU_ENG 8404. Nuclear Reactor Laboratory I. 3 Credits.

Application of reactor physics principals to operation of and experiments with the University of Missouri Research Reactor. Neutron activation analysis, instrumentation, reactivity evaluation. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4346 or 8411.

NU_ENG 8405. Nuclear Reactor Laboratory II. 3 Credits.

Advanced experiments to measure diffusion length, Fermi age, material buckling, transfer function, neutron spectrum and other reactor characteristics. Reactor simulation with an analog computer. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8411 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8406. Clinical & Research Application in Medical and Health Physics. 1 Credit.

To give students an understanding of the range of clinical practice and medical research involving the practice and nuclear physics/engineering. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8409 and 4303, college calculus or equivalent and calculus based physics.

NU_ENG 8408. State Variable Methods in Automatic Control. 3 Credits.

(same as Chemical Engineering [CH_ENG] 8780, Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 8780, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 8780). State variables for continuous and discrete-time dynamic control systems; controllability and observability; optimal control of linear systems. Prerequisites: Chemical Engineering [CH_ENG] 4370, Electrical Engineering [ECE] 4310, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 4703 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8409. Interaction of Radiation with Matter. 3 Credits.

Theory/applications of radiation interaction processes. Reviews nuclear physics concepts; radioactive decay; sources/ spectra of ionizing radiation; collision mechanisms for changed particles, electromagnetic radiation, neutrons for interaction with matter. Prerequisite: Entrance requirements.

NU_ENG 8411. Nuclear Reactor Theory I. 3 Credits.

Nuclear reactions; nuclear fission; introduces neutron transport; diffusion and slowing down of neutrons; steady-state homogeneous and heterogeneous reactor theory. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8412. Nuclear Reactor Theory II. 3 Credits.

Linear and non-linear reactor kinetics; perturbation theory; temperature and fission product effects; control rod theory; transport theory. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8411 or 4346.

NU_ENG 8421. Advanced Radiation Detection Electronics. 3 Credits.

Principles of radiation pulse analysis with emphasis on applications. Radiation detection devices; amplifying, shaping and discrimination circuits; nuclear pulse analysis; automated data analysis systems. Lectures and lab. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4346, 4391 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8422. Radiation Shielding. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of radiation interactions stressing neutron and gamma radiation transport; ray theory, removal theory, multi-group transport shield design principles. Prerequisites: graduate standing and Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8409 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8429. Radiation Dosimetry. 3 Credits.

Basis and applications of conventional and microscopic radiation dosimetry. Dose concepts and quantities; biological dose-response models; dose measurement principles; photon, charged particle, and neutron dosimetry. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8409. Recommended: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4328.

NU_ENG 8432. Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics and Safety. 3 Credits.

Engineering topics from reactor heat transfer and thermal stresses, fuel cycle analysis, power plant thermodynamics, shielding, and reactor safety analysis. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8411 or 4346, or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8434. Fracture Mechanics I. 3 Credits.

(same as Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 8211). Mechanics of flawed structure. Concepts include Griffith theory, Barenblatt's theory, Irwin analysis, energy analysis of cracked bodies, fracture toughness testing, plane strain, plane stress, transition temperature concepts, subcritical flaw growth. Prerequisites: Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 3200 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8435. Physics of Diagnostic Radiology. 3 Credits.

Principles and applications of X-ray production and interactions. Images production concepts including X-ray film, intensifying screens, grids, fluoroscopy, image intensification and television monitors. Image quality analysis and assessment. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8409 or equivalent or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8439. Clinical Physics in Radiotherapy. 3 Credits.

Principles and applications of radiation producing units, exposure and dose measurements, and calibration. External beam physics parameters and application to fixed field and rotational field treatment planning. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8409 or equivalent or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8444. Fracture and Fatigue Prevention in Engineering Practice. 3 Credits.

(same as Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering [MAE] 8290). Practical design problems. Introduction to retrofit design, maintenance, product improvement and new design from a fatigue and fracture prevention philosophy. Fail safe and safe life designs are presented. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8434.

NU_ENG 8450. Superconductivity and Its Applications. 3 Credits.

(same as Electrical and Computer Engineering [ECE] 8020). Phenomenology and theory of superconductivity; cryogenic practice; metallurgy of superconducting elements, alloys and compounds. Applications, present and prospective. Graded on an S/U basis only.

NU_ENG 8451. Computational Methods of Reactor Analysis. 3 Credits.

Applies numerical analysis and digital computation to topics from multi-group diffusion theory, transport theory, reactor kinetics, reactor thermal hydraulics, radiation shielding, reactor safety. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8411 and Mathematics [MATH] 4300.

NU_ENG 8452. Ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 3 Credits.

The physical principles of MRI and ultrasound including clinical instrumentation, artifacts in images, biological effects and quality control. Images obtained with both techniques will be presented. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4391, 8409, 4306 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 8453. Advanced Fusion Theory. 3 Credits.

Plasma stability theory, charged particle diffusion, slowing down of charged particles, interaction of radiation with matter, direct energy conversion using charged particles, and engineering considerations. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4353 and 4375 or Physics [PHYSCS] 8450 or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8454. Clinical Physics of Nuclear Medicine. 3 Credits.

Physical principles, statistics of radionuclide decay and highlights into the most current instrumentation to utilize invivo radionuclides for both diagnostic imaging and therapy. Also includes brachy therapy. Prerequisite: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4306, 8409 or equivalent.

NU_ENG 8455. Growth, Characterization & Appl. of Diamond & Related Materials. 3 Credits.

This course explores the development of diamond films. Discussion of other wide band-gap materials are covered. Topics include Chemistry of Diamond Growth, Thermodynamics, Nucleation, Methods of Growth, Methods of Impurity Control, Characterization and Modification, Doping, and Applications.

NU_ENG 8461. Neutron Transport Theory. 3 Credits.

The Boltzmann equation; general properties and solution; numerical methods of solving the transport equation; neutron thermalization and neutron spectra. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8412; Mathematics [MATH] 4940, 4300, or instructor's consent.

NU_ENG 8470. Fast Reactor Analysis. 3 Credits.

Analytical methods for designing fast breeder reactor systems. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 8412, 8432, 8451 or instructor's consent. Graded on a S/U basis only.

NU_ENG 8471. Radiation Protection. 3 Credits.

Theory and applications of radiation protection and health physics. Radiation dosimetry methods and calculations, shielding evaluations, equipment surveys and inspection, environmental monitoring, radiation standards and regulations and administration presented. Prerequisites: Nuclear Engineering [NU_ENG] 4303 and 4328.

NU_ENG 9090. Research in Nuclear Science and Engineering. 1-99 Credit.

Independent investigation in nuclear engineering to be presented as a thesis. Graded on an S/U basis only.