Oregon State University School of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Dear Alumni and Friends,

Greetings from Corvallis. I hope that all of you all are doing your best to protect the health of yourself and your loved ones.

This has been an academic year like no other, full of many challenges. But at NSE, we have continued to move forward and thrive. Over the past year, nearly all of our courses, including our laboratories, have been taught remotely. The ability of NSE to deliver our curriculum so effectively represents a tremendous achievement for our faculty and staff.

This year also saw the opening of the NuScale control room simulator in the Radiation Center, as well as the development of a multiuniversity center for exascale Monte Carlo neutron transport simulation with Oregon State as the lead. We have also continued to move a number of our faculty into a newly renovated wing of Merryfield Hall, allowing us flexibility in how we use the space in the Radiation Center.

I am looking forward to the time soon when we can all get together again in person. Take care.

Brian Woods, Ph.D.
Head of the School of Nuclear Science and Engineering
Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Henry W. and Janice J. Schuette Chair in Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics
Dam Proud Day

Dam Proud Day is coming

On April 28, our annual day of giving, Beavs across the globe will rally together around a common goal of showing how Dam Proud they are of Oregon State. Your support ensures future Oregon State Engineers are equipped with the real-world experience, knowledge, and skills they'll need to meet the toughest challenges ahead. Learn more ...

Research & Faculty

E2 Center

Energy Exploration Center opens 

NuScale Power and Oregon State University have collaborated on a learning environment called the Energy Exploration (E2) Center, which opened its doors Nov. 17 on Oregon State's central campus in Corvallis. The E2 Center uses computer modeling to simulate a NuScale small modular reactor power plant control room, and users of the system become the operator of a simulated 12-unit plant’s control room. This allows for hands-on learning, applying nuclear science and engineering to simulated real-world scenarios. Read more ...

DOE awards $1.35 billion to build NuScale reactors 

The U.S. Department of Energy has given the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems $1.35 billion to purchase 12 small nuclear reactors from Oregon State spinout NuScale Power. The reactors are to be built at Idaho National Laboratory. Learn more ...

Center to tackle neutron transport 

Todd Palmer, professor of nuclear science and engineering, has received a $4.3 million grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program to fund a multi-university center whose goal is the development of a dynamic, exascale Monte Carlo neutron transport simulation capability. Oregon State's new NVIDIA GPU-based research computing capability, and strategic partnership with NVIDIA, were significant assets leveraged in the proposal. Learn more ...

Celebrating women in engineering

Videos from the College of Engineering's Celebration of Women in Engineering event are now available online, with panel discussions and a film premiere, featuring Kathryn Higley, professor of nuclear science and engineering. Learn more ...


Laura Micewski

Looking for a new challenge 

While serving as a senior resident inspector for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Laura Micewski  decided to broaden her horizons by studying an unfamiliar discipline where she could apply the knowledge she gained from nearly three decades working on nuclear-powered ships, aircraft carriers, and submarines. She chose Oregon State’s online Radiation Health Physics master's program, which she believes will be a stepping stone to her ultimate career goal: a position at the International Atomic Energy Agency. Learn more ... 

Oregon State ranks No. 3 in U.S. for graduating nuclear engineers

A new Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education survey indicates that Oregon State awarded the third most nuclear engineering degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. combined) in the U.S. in the 2018-19 academic year, up from fourth place the year before. In addition, the university topped the list of master's degrees awarded that year. Learn more ... 


'Delivering a product is like magic'

Bill Nicholson ('80 B.S., Nuclear Engineering) spent his entire career with Portland General Electric. He first worked at PGE’s Trojan Nuclear Power Plant. He then moved into other areas of the business, working his way up to PGE’s senior vice president of customer service, transmission, and distribution. Learn more ... 

Beaver at the bridge of nuclear sub

Cmdr. Robert Edmonson III ('03 B.S., Nuclear Engineering) has taken command of the USS North Dakota, a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine.  Learn more ...  
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College of Engineering
School of Nuclear Science and Engineering
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1791 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-2343

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