We conduct nuclear engineering (NE) research (applied research) in the NE Program to support students enrolled in nuclear-related degree programs for development of the next generation of nuclear engineers and to support nuclear industries in the Western U.S. These students are enrolled in degree programs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. In addition, we provide education for practicing professionals at defense and energy facilities, fuel cycle facilities, and others.
Education in NE and related applied research and development has included a broad range of subjects: radiation detection and remote sensing, radiation transport modeling and nuclear transport code development, nuclear criticality safety and benchmark experiments and evaluations, fuel cycle analysis and accelerator-based waste transmutation, materials protection, accounting, and control technologies, and nuclear forensics. Students in engineering degree programs, including NE, have conducted the majority of most of these research projects. A major new focus of the NE faculty within the NE Program is education and training for nuclear criticality safety (NCS) engineers along with NCS research and support to NSTec, LLC, the operator of the Nevada National Security Site. Current ongoing collaborations include NSTec, Idaho National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and URENCO USA, which operates the National (uranium) Enrichment Facility in New Mexico. We are developing expanded research and collaboration with the ME Department to develop a series of advanced courses to support both a criticality safety track within the MSMNE degree and continuing education for national certification, as well as development of additional industrial partnerships. Information about this developing graduate NCS Engineering track, graduate certification programs, the various degree programs, NE faculty and staff, and more can be found at the links on this page.
Materials and Nuclear Engineering Master of Science Program
To support graduate research related to nuclear engineering aspects of recycling used nuclear fuel as well as national security developments, efforts were initiated to provide graduate nuclear engineering education at UNLV. UNLV approved the new Master of Science in Materials and Nuclear Engineering (MS MNE) degree program in 2004 to recognize the academic and research accomplishments of students who were focused on the nuclear sciences aspects of technologies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. We continue to add faculty and facilitate developing collaborations with industry (e.g. Varian Medical and Security Technologies, URENCO, and Areva), national laboratories (e.g. LANL, LLNL, INL, ORNL, and others), and Nevada nuclear institutes (e.g. Nevada National Security Site/NSTec). Much more information is available for prospective students, collaborators, and/or employers.
- Nuclear Engineering Faculty & Staff
- Academic Programs in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
- MSMNE Nuclear Criticality Safety Track
- Graduate Nuclear Criticality Safety Certification
Denis Beller, Ph.D
Phone: (702) 895-1452