Energy and Petroleum Engineering

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Power

Since the USSR's first nuclear-powered plant went online 61 years ago, nuclear energy has powered at least some part of the world's electrical grid. Today, nuclear energy also powers ships and submarines at sea, and has applications for medical technology, such as in the fight against cancer.  

Nuclear engineering specifically concerns itself with nuclear fission and fusion and the systems used to control these reactions. Other areas of interest within nuclear engineering include nuclear safety and radioactive waste disposal.

UMass Lowell offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in nuclear engineering within the chemical engineering department. The ABET-accredited curricula allow students to chose from a traditional nuclear engineering program or the radiological sciences option, and class and lab work on campus is enhanced with use of the UMass Lowell Nuclear Reactor.