Nuclear Science and Engineering

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Established in 1958, the Department of Nuclear Engineering is one of the first nuclear engineering programs in the United States.

The Department's programs are at the forefront of nuclear science and technology leading to improved performance of fission-powered reactors, the technological applications of nuclear and radiation phenomena in biomedical, industrial, and environmental fields, and the development of nuclear fusion as an energy source. Both within MIT and in the surrounding Boston metropolitan area, there is a unique concentration of a dynamic learning environment in many fields of science, engineering, economics, and business management.

The Department defines its education and research mission broadly as the study of nuclear, molecular, and radiation interactions and their applications to problems of beneficial interest to society. The development of such applications is a relatively recent activity in the history of mankind, taking place mostly in the second half of the 20th century. Yet, today nuclear technology is a major contributor to the vitality and health of society with its widespread use for electricity generation and industrial and medical diagnostics, and as an indispensable tool for scientific research in fields ranging from pharmaceuticals to environmental studies. Compared to more traditional engineering disciplines, the field of nuclear engineering is a new addition to university educational programs.  Because we have only recently begun to understand basic nuclear processes, nuclear engineering is still in its "pioneering" phase with regard to its impact on our lives.

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 MIT Course #Course TitleTerm
 22.033Nuclear Systems Design ProjectFall 2002
 22.058Principles of Medical ImagingFall 2002
 22.101Applied Nuclear PhysicsFall 2006
 22.101Applied Nuclear PhysicsFall 2003
 22.105Electromagnetic InteractionsFall 2005
 22.106Neutron Interactions and ApplicationsSpring 2005
 22.251Systems Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel CycleFall 2005
 22.312Engineering of Nuclear ReactorsFall 2004
22.313JThermal Hydraulics in Power TechnologySpring 2007
 22.314JStructural Mechanics in Nuclear Power TechnologyFall 2006
 22.33Nuclear Systems Design ProjectFall 2002
 22.351Systems Analysis of the Nuclear Fuel CycleFall 2005
 22.38Probability And Its Applications To Reliability, Quality Control, And Risk AssessmentFall 2005
22.39Integration of Reactor Design, Operations, and SafetyFall 2006
 22.40JFundamentals of Advanced Energy ConversionSpring 2004
 22.51Interaction of Radiation with MatterSpring 2003
 22.52JStatistical Thermodynamics of Complex LiquidsSpring 2004
 22.55JPrinciples of Radiation InteractionsFall 2004
 22.561JMagnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging TechniquesSpring 2006
 22.56JNoninvasive Imaging in Biology and MedicineFall 2005
22.611JIntroduction to Plasma Physics IFall 2006
 22.611JIntroduction to Plasma Physics IFall 2003
22.615MHD Theory of Fusion SystemsSpring 2007
 22.616Plasma Transport TheoryFall 2003
 22.68JSuperconducting MagnetsSpring 2003
 22.71JPhysical MetallurgySpring 2004
 22.71JPhysical MetallurgySpring 2003
22.811JSustainable EnergyJanuary (IAP) 2007
 22.811JSustainable EnergySpring 2005
 22.812JManaging Nuclear TechnologySpring 2004
22.82Engineering Risk-Benefit AnalysisSpring 2007
 22.903Photon and Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy and Its Applications in Condensed MatterSpring 2005
 22.920A Hands-On Introduction to Nuclear Magnetic ResonanceJanuary (IAP) 1997
 22.921Nuclear Power Plant Dynamics and ControlJanuary (IAP) 2006
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