UF Nuclear Engineering Program

Welcome to the University of Florida Nuclear Engineering Program home page. Housed within the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering, the program offers students an opportunity to work on research teams related to backscatter radiation, extreme environments testing and nuclear fuel cycles. Students also conduct research alongside academics and in partnership with national labs and government agencies, including Idaho National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.

At UF, we’re developing the next generation of nuclear engineering leaders by performing high-impact research and providing exceptional educational programs. We build on our unique strength as a department by combining the disciplines of both Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering to benefit society locally, nationally and globally.

Faculty Research Areas

Nuclear technology and research contribute in multiple ways to our health, development and safety. You may not realize it, but it's utilized across nearly all aspects of our lives and community, from clean energy production to medicine to agriculture.

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Research Facilities

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Research Service Centers support and enhance the research, education, and public service missions of the University of Florida by providing access to characterization and process instrumentation.

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Why Nuclear Engineering at UF?

At UF, we’re developing the next generation of nuclear engineering leaders by performing high-impact research and providing exceptional educational programs.

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Faculty Research Areas

Nuclear technology and research contribute in multiple ways to our health, development and safety. You may not realize it, but it's utilized across nearly all aspects of our lives and community, from clean energy production to medicine to agriculture.

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Nuclear Engineering Faculty

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Yong Yang

Associate Professor and NE Graduate CoordinatorNuclear Engineering Program

Work 202A Rhines Hall Work Phone: (352) 846-3791Website: MAterials for Nuclear Advancement and Technology in Extreme Environments (MANATEE) Group

Biography

Ph. D., 2005, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests: structural and fuel materials for nuclear energy systems; LWRs sustainability and aging management; advanced fabrication and joining technologies; used fuel dry storage and disposition.

Lab Website: MAterials for Nuclear Advancement and Technology in Extreme Environments (MANATEE) Group

 

Other Nuclear Engineering Program News

  • Promotions and Awards – Summer 2024

    07/09/2024

    The Department of Materials Science & Engineering is pleased to announce the following promotions and awards

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  • Continuing the Journey: The Brice Turner Memorial Fund

    06/04/2024

    With immense pride and gratitude, we are honored to announce the establishment of the Brice Turner Memorial Fund, a lasting tribute to the memory of a remarkable individual whose commitment to academic excellence and leadership continues to inspire us all. 
    A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Turner‘s diverse interests in athletics, F1 racing, outdoor adventures, and love ...

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  • Career Engineering: Insights from the Savannah River National Laboratory

    05/30/2024

    The Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management research and development lab located in Aiken, South Carolina, with a history dating to the early Cold War. Established in the 1950s, SRNL has since evolved into a multidisciplinary research facility at the forefront of nuclear science, environmental stewardship ...

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  • Nuclear Engineering Student Shoutouts!

    05/28/2024

    We are pleased to highlight the accomplishments of nuclear engineering graduate students who recently received scholarships and internships. These individuals have shown outstanding dedication and skill in their studies and research. Join us in congratulating them on their hard work and dedication!
    Fellowships

    Weslee Kersey – DoD SMART Graduate Fellowship
     
    Society Award
    Kyle S. Latty – Society for Applied ...

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  • 2023-2024 Departmental Scholarship Winners

    04/16/2024

    There are countless reasons why a student may require financial assistance. Between textbooks, tuition, rent, and food, the costs can add up quickly. Now more than ever, scholarships and awards play a pivotal role in alleviating the financial strains for the deserving students fortunate enough to receive them.
    While academic awards come in various shapes and ...

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  • MSE Alumnus Ricardo Perez Elected to PSEG, Inc. Board of Directors

    01/26/2024

    MSE Alumnus Ricardo Perez Elected to PSEG, Inc. Board of Directors

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  • UF-led group develops new tools to track illicit nuclear materials

    12/12/2023

    A visibly nervous man is stopped at a border crossing in eastern Europe. Authorities find a glass tube filled with black powder inside a heavy lead container in his trunk. Geiger counters go crazy. The powder is radioactive.
    North Korea conducts a nuclear test and within hours U.S. “sniffer” planes scramble to gather air samples off ...

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  • Next-Generation Nuclear Energy: Crafting the Future with Innovative Fuel Designs 

    12/07/2023

    As the world grapples with the need for carbon-free power generation, advanced reactor designs are crucial to the transition. A Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP)-funded investigation into the behavior of U-Zr annular fuel will not only address uncertainties in advanced reactor designs but also contribute to the broader goal of establishing ...

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  • Dr. Kyle Hartig Receives INMM Early Career Award, Joint Appointment with Savannah River National Lab

    08/14/2023

    Kyle C. Hartig, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Nuclear Engineering Program within the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, continues to set the standard in the field of nuclear materials security.  
    The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) has recognized Dr. Hartig with its 2023 Early Career Award presented at its 53rd annual meeting in Vienna, ...

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  • 3D Printing the Next Generation of Nuclear Power Plant Components

    06/13/2023

    Light Water Reactors (LWRs) are the most widely used type of nuclear reactor in the world. However, as alternative designs continue to emerge and gain traction, they may represent the future of clean power generation.  
    One of those designs, the Molten Salt Reactor (MSR), uses a liquid mixture of salts as both a coolant and fuel ...

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