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Established in 1957, the Department of Nuclear Engineering is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the United States.

Our faculty is internationally recognized for excellence in research and teaching, and our advanced research programs are enhanced by close ties with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex, UCOR, at the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP), and more than one hundred nuclear related companies located within fifty miles of Knoxville.

East Tennessee may have the largest concentration of nuclear industry anywhere in the world and is therefore an ideal place to come for nuclear education. View a map with area company contact information.

Watch a short video of former Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry explaining the importance of nuclear engineering for the future of American energy policy at the IFNEC 2019 Week and Global Ministerial Conference.

Our graduate program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Reserve a Study Area

The department has secured two on-campus landing zones to serve as quiet spaces that meet CDC physical distancing requirements. Students can reserve a desk in Ferris 212 or NEB 109 to attend an online classes or study independently.

View the requirements and guidelines for using the space before making a reservation.