NPRE Fact Sheet

NPRE Quick Facts

Degrees Offered

  • BS, MS and PhD in Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
  • Master's in Engineering
    • Energy Systems
    • Plasma Engineering
  • Three degree paths:
    • Plasma and Fusion
    • Power, Safety and the Environment
    • Radiological, Medical and Instrument Applications
  • Five research areas:
    • Materials Science
    • Nuclear Power
    • Plasma Physics and Fusion
    • Radiological Science
    • Reliability and Risk

Degrees Granted

* August 2020-May 2021

  • 21 Bachelor of Science Degrees
  • 9 Master of Science Degrees
  • 10 Master of Engineering Degrees
  • 7 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

Graduate Student Support

  • 60 Research Assistants
  • 6 Teaching Assistants
  • 13 Combined RA/TA/Departmental Fellowships
  • 9 DOE-1, NSF-2, NRC-5, NASA-1 (and other prestigious national fellowships
  • 1 International Fellowship


  • 14 FTE Faculty Members (2 Assistant; 6 Associate; 6 Full Professors)
  • 1 Open Tenure-track Positions
  • 3 Endowed Professorships
  • 2 Research Professors
  • 22 Affiliate/adjunct Faculty
  • 5 Emeritus Faculty

Research Endowments

  • $8.7 M in FY21 sponsored research expenditures
  • $6.9 million in new awards since August 2020

When you’re an electrical engineer, you’re behind the electronic systems that we use every day and that are propelling us into the future. You work in areas like energy and power, circuits, optics, remote sensing, communications, networking and computing systems, and much, much more. To learn all this you take classes like signal processing, circuits and electromechanics, and green electric energy. You can do a lot with this degree, including jobs like design engineer, technology analyst, system engineer at companies like Microsoft, GE Energy, Texas Instruments, and Goldman Sachs. Our electrical engineering grads make an average starting salary of $69,881.

Curriculum Map

Faculty and graduate student increases
Faculty and graduate student growth

Growth and Recognition

Recent Industrial Partnerships
  • Applied Materials
  • ASML
  • DuPont
  • Exelon Corporation
  • General Fusion
  • General Motors
  • LAM Research
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lyten
  • South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Co.
  • Starfire Industries, LLC
  • Tokamak Energy
  • Tokyo Electron Ltd.

National Awards

  • 11 ANS Mark Mills Award (3 in the past 5 years)
  • 10 ANS/IEEE/APS/AVS Fellows
  • 3 ANS Landis Young Member Award
  • 3 ANS MJ Oestmann Award (2015-2017)
  • 3 ASEE Glenn Murphy Award
  • 2 ANS Radiation Science and Technology Award
  • ANS Arthur Holly Compton Award
  • ANS Don Miller Award
  • ANS Outstanding Achievement Award (FED, Mat Sci & Tech Div)
  • ANs Landis Public Communication and Education Award
  • ANS Seaborg Medal
  • ANS Young Member Excellence Award
  • AESJ Shorei-Sho Award
  • AVS Gaede-Langmuir Award
  • DOE Presidential Young Investigator Award
  • IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Award


NPRE Undergraduates


NPRE Graduate Students

Enrollments Fall 2021

General Questions

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
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104 South Wright Street
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