Minor and Concentration in Nuclear Science and Engineering


About the Interdisciplinary Minor and Concentration

With funding from the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Professors Folan and Sheverev of Applied Physics, and Professor Vradis of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have developed and launched an interdisciplinary program focused on producing engineering and science graduates who have a familiarity with, and a clear understanding of, the benefits and risks of nuclear technologies and who will seriously consider employment in nuclear industry and government upon graduation. Armed with a solid understanding of the realities of nuclear and radiation issues, graduates with a minor or concentration in Nuclear Science and Engineering would be well placed to consider the many careers opportunities available in nuclear fields including for example the nuclear power industry, nuclear medicine, nuclear imaging, food processing, nuclear-based sensors, non destructive testing as well as governmental organizations that oversee and regulate the nuclear industry, such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

By either making use of the elective courses available in their program, or by taking some additional courses, students may obtain an Interdisciplinary Minor or Concentration in Nuclear Sciences and Engineering, in conjunction with a “traditional” degree, majoring in civil, chemical and biological, computer, electrical, financial and risk, or mechanical engineering, or the physical or computational sciences (all are majors currently offered by the School of Engineering).

The concentration consists of 3 courses to be taken typically during the junior and senior years of study.

3 Credits Fundamentals of Applied Nuclear Physics PH-UY3103
This course surveys the fundamentals of nuclear physics with application to nuclear engineering. Topics include an introduction to quantum mechanics, nuclear forces and nuclear structure, nuclear stability and reactions, natural and induced radioactivity.
Prerequisites: PH-UY 2033, MA-UY 2034, and CM-UY 1004 (or CM-UY 1024).
3 Credits Introduction to Radiation Physics and Dosimetry PH-UY3503
The course examines the basic theory and practice of Radiation and Health Physics. Atomic and nuclear radiation. X-ray and gamma radiation. Interaction of radiation with matter, and the effects on living tissue. Principles of radiation detection, radiation measurement, external and internal dosimetry. Radiation Protection.
Prerequisite: PH-UY 3103.
3 Credits Introduction to Nuclear Engineering ME-UY4373
This is intended to be a required course for the Nuclear Engineering Concentration. It covers three basic areas: (a) reactor kinetics, as it pertains to neutron reaction associated with fissile materials, (b) power reactor systems, i.e. the various types of nuclear reactors in use and their basic operating principles, and (c) design principles for reactors and reactor systems.
Prerequisite: PH-UY 3103 Fundamentals of Applied Nuclear Physics

The minor consists of the concentration (three courses listed above) plus two additional electives selected from the approved elective courses listed below. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required in the courses to earn the minor.

Approved elective courses for the minor include:

EE-UY2613 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Human Factors in Engineering Design PS-UY2724
The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with basic concepts, research findings and theories related to the way in which human characteristics, capabilities and limitations, including physiology and psychology, affect system design and performance. Students will develop a basic understanding of methods for studying and assessing human behavior and for analyzing human performance. It will introduce aspects of system, interface, organizational design and physical setting as they influence operators and performance. Satisfies an HuSS Elective.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements.
3 Credits Nuclear and Radiation Instrumentation and Methods PH-UY3513
An intermediate level undergraduate course focusing on the theory and practice of nuclear and radiation measurements and instrumentation. Detector properties and principles, pulse electronics and counting statistics will be discussed in detail in the lecture classes. The experiments will illustrate the lecture topics and compliment the companion theory courses. This course meets five hours per week.
Prerequisite: PH-UY 3103; Co-requisite: PH-UY 3503.
3 Credits Probabilistic Risk Assessment RSK-UY3593
This undergraduate course in probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) introduces students to a deep, comprehensive methodology for risk evaluation associated with complex engineered technological designs. Four fundamental questions are addressed: what can go wrong, what are the indications of potential failure, what is the potential magnitude of the failure, and with what probability will failure occur. We will also explore human reliability analysis and common-cause-failure analysis. This course can be applied towards the requirements for NYU-Poly's minor in Nuclear Science and Engineering but not towards the minor in Finance.
Prerequisites: MA-UY 2054 or MA2-UY 212 or MA-UY 3012
3 Credits Corrosion & Non-destructive Evaluation of Materials ME-UY4863
Mechanisms of corrosion and means to prevent corrosion; uniform corrosion, galvanic corrosion, pitting, leaching and corrosion in fresh water; protective coatings, cathodic protection and changes in design and environment to prevent corrosion. Non-destructive testing of materials; Penetrants, Magnetic, Radiography, Eddy Current and Ultrasonic techniques. Materials selection, failure analysis and prevention and design strategies for inspectability.
Pre-requisite: PH-UY 2023
3 Credits Nuclear Power Plant Systems ME-UY4393
Principles of operation of pressurized and boiling water reactors. Overall unit and major components of nuclear plants. Reactor and moderator systems. Reactor control. Heat transfer systems. Water/steam systems, turbine, and feedwater pumps. Special safety systems and their operations under transient conditions. Protection of the public.
Prerequisite: PH-UY 2033

Scholarship Opportunities for Students Choosing Careers in Nuclear

American Nuclear Society | ans.org

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) offers more than 20 scholarships named after pioneers and leaders in nuclear science and technology. Applicants must be ANS members and seek sponsorship from local chapter. Awarded each year to students with outstanding academic achievement, the average scholarship is $2,000. Special scholarships ($4,000) are available to students who have significant financial need.

Dominion Energy | diversity scholarship website

Government Agencies

As an institution, the School of Engineering will seek scholarship funds from the Department of Energy, Department of Education, Department of Labor, NSF and other federal sources. Pending authorization, these federal scholarship opportunities will be announced and awarded to students on a competitive basis.

National Academy for Nuclear Training | nei.org

The National Academy for Nuclear Training awards undergraduate scholarships to engineering students with demonstrated interest in careers in the nuclear power industry. Approximately 120 scholarships, $2,500 each, are awarded annually, and can be renewed for up to two years. Students must a) be rising juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0; b) complete an internship at nuclear power facility; and c) obtain a recommendation from their supervisor at the power plant. Applications are available in April and due date is early July. The program is administered by Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), with scholarship funding provided by the member utilities.

Other Private Sources

The Roy G. Post Foundation is one example of a non-profit corporation that provides scholarships to students to develop careers in the safe management of nuclear materials.

Support for Advanced Degrees

There are added educational benefits in a career at nuclear power facilities. Many energy companies will cover the cost of tuition for employees who pursue an advanced degree.

Employers and Internship Providers in Nuclear Industries and Government

Please note: all employees of a nuclear plant must be "badged" to work at the station. This process includes, but is not limited to, passing General Employee Training with an 80% or better, fitness-for-duty drug and alcohol screening, and a background check.

Brookhaven National Laboratory | research internship web site

Liaison: Terrance Buck, tbuck@bnl.gov, 631-344-8715
General Information: Student would work on the grounds of Brookhaven National Laboratory. We are located in Upton, NY which is on the east end of Long Island.

The Laboratory is about 30 minutes west of the Hamptons. We like for our interns to have a 2.8 or better GPA. We generally take sophomores, juniors and seniors. We also accept graduate students looking for internships. Compensation is based on the student's level of education. Housing for students is available on site. Most of the students travel by bicycles, which the department issues.

This is one of many national laboratories to which you can apply. To explore other opportunities, go to the US Department of Energy website (SULI).

CENG | apply online (Click where is says "Please click HERE." Then select "advanced search." Select "All" under Locations and "Intern" under Job Families.)

Liaison: Ty Scott, Tyrone.Scott@cengllc.com, 410-470-3273
General Information: CENG operates three nuclear plants. R.E. Ginna outside Rochester, NY; Nine Mile Point outside of Oswego, NY; and Calvert Cliffs in southern Maryland.

We predominantly recruit for electrical, mechanical, nuclear, and civil/structural engineering degrees and students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major. We prefer "junior" level students but will accept engineering students who have taken courses specific to their major (i.e. thermodynamics, statics, fluids, etc.). There is no public transportation serving R.E. Ginna (Rochester) or Nine Mile Point (Oswego) so students should arrange their own transportation for the duration of the internship. The hourly pay for an undergraduate intern ranges from $16.69 to $20.20, plus a housing stipend of $500 per month available for students moving over 50 miles to the plant. Our 2009 Nine Mile Point co-op budget allowed for 13 opportunities. We do our best to work with the students and their schedules. For example, because we offer co-op opportunities on a year-round basis, some students have opted to work for six months then return to school. Some students have been willing to postpone their graduation date in order to gain relevant work experience. The number of co-op positions available on an annual basis is budget dependent. Most of the co-op positions are filled through on-campus recruiting activities. Students should come to the event with their cover letter and resume. By attending college job fairs, we are able to meet the students on the first day and talk to them about our company and their career interests. We invite students who appear to be a good match to interview with us on the second day. Based on the number of positions we are filling and the quality of the candidates, we have, in the past, extended "on-the-spot" offers. In addition, in order to be considered for a position, the student must apply on-line to the posted co-op positions on http://www.cengllc.com/careers/. We provide students with instructions on where to apply for co-op opportunities at the job fair.

To apply please contact the following individuals at the plants:

Nine Mile Point, Oswego, NY: Nancy Holden, Nancy.Holden@cengllc.com, 315-349-7229
R.E. Ginna Station, Ontario, NY: Rachel Liberty, Rachel.Liberty@cengllc.com, 585-771-3846
Calvert Cliffs, Lusby, MD: Dawn Wallace, Dawn.Wallace@cengllc.com, 410-495-4073
CENG Corporate Office, Baltimore, MD: Ty Scott, Tyrone.Scott@cengllc.com, 410-470-3273

Dominion Energy | careers at Dominion

Liaison: Clint Gladding, Clint.J.Gladding@dom.com, 860-444-5310
General Information: Dominion operates four nuclear plants. Kewaunee Power Station in Carlton, WI, Millstone Power Station in Waterford, CT, North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, VA and Surry Power Station in Surry County, VA.

Internships are usually arranged as part of the Diversity Scholarship Program. All applicants must currently have a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale. All applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student for the current academic year at an accredited 4-year college or university. At the time of applying, applicants must be either a college freshman or sophomore. Acceptance of a scholarship requires that the applicant commit to a paid 10-12 week intern work session during the summer. This work session is contingent upon satisfactory completion of normal pre-employment requirements. Scholarship awards will be subject to the receipt of the applicant's final grades for the current school year and satisfactory completion of the summer work session.

Applications must be postmarked by December 1 (late applications will not be processed). All applications will be reviewed by a panel, and the panel will conduct interviews for selected candidates. Applications should be returned to: Dominion HR Strategic Staffing, Attn: Diversity Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 26666, Richmond, VA 23261. All scholarship recipients will be announced by March 1.

Entergy Nuclear | college career opportunities

Liaison: John Wheeler, JWheele@entergy.com, 769-232-8105
General Information: Entergy Nuclear operates 10 nuclear plants, including the Indian Point plant in Westchester County, NY.

Exelon | view internship positions

Liaison: Tricia Joyner, Tricia.Joyner@exeloncorp.com, (630) 657 4156
General Information: Exelon has students work at our 10 Nuclear Plants and our 2 corporate offices. Exelon plants include the Oyster Creek station in Ocean County, NJ; the Limerick plant outside Philadelphia, PA; and other plants in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

Internships are offered primarily to Electrical, Civil, Nuclear and Mechanical majors, and academic status is not a primary selection criterion. However, we pay based on a student’s status. They also receive a housing allowance if their permanent address is more than 50 miles from the work location. We do give students housing options but they can obtain housing on their own. We hire in the fall of the previous year.

Public Service Enterprise Group | view internship positions (Select "All" under Location and "University Recruiting" under Job Function.)

Liaison: Mike Ambrosino, Michael.Ambrosino@pseg.com, (856) 339-2133
General Information: PSEG operates or oversees three nuclear plants. The Salem and Hope Creek plants in Salem County, NJ and the Peach Bottom plant in Delta, PA.

We recruit students in most science and engineering majors and prefer students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major. We prefer "junior" level students but will accept engineering students who have taken courses specific to their major (i.e. statics, fluids, thermodynamics, etc.). Many co-op and internship positions are filled through on-campus recruiting activities. Students should come to the event with their cover letter and resume. By attending college job fairs, we are able to meet the students and talk to them about our company and their career interests. Based on the number of positions we are filling and the quality of the candidates, we have, in the past, extended "on-the-spot" offers. There is no public transportation serving the Salem County plants so students should arrange their own transportation for the duration of the internship. The hourly pay for an undergraduate intern is in the $20 range.

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission | apply online | more information

Contact: Peggy Etheridge, Peggy.Etheridge@nrc.gov
General Information: The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements. Most of the job opportunities are at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD. Limited opportunities exist in NRC regional offices: King of Prussia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Lisle, IL; and Arlington, TX.

The salary is determined by locality, discipline, grade point average (GPA), and amount of semester hours completed. For example, 30 through 89 semester hours completed the range is $13.72-$14.41 per hour. For 90 semester hours or more completed $15.35-$16.12 per hour. Applicants must be United States Citizens, attending an accredited college or university and pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree. A 2.85 or better grade point average based on a 4.0 scale is required, as is enrollment in the University's Cooperative Education Program. Candidates must be able to work for the NRC for a total of 640 hours prior to meeting graduation requirements. Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria: grade point average (GPA), academic honors (i.e., Dean List), awards (i.e., scholarships), extracurricular activities (i.e., student associations), and interview.

The Nuclear Energy Institute maintains a list of internship providers in the energy sector, and additional internship and employment opportunities are provided by:

Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory
Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. 
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory 
General Dynamics Electric Boat