Building Toward a Nuclear Future

Faculty, students, and staff contribute to collective success

As the School of Nuclear Engineering continues to prepare students for the nuclear renaissance, great news abounds throughout our program. In addition to the new head search, we are looking for more new faculty. With grants and contracts nearly doubling in the past year, we are also actively recruiting talented graduate students.

An August 2008 article in U.S. News & World Report reported on the challenge of training nuclear engineers for one of the hottest jobs in the market. Desperately needed to replace a retiring workforce, young nukes are positioning themselves for not only choice careers but also for involvement in world-changing possibilities in the fields of energy, medicine, and elsewhere. And at Purdue, we are now producing about 10 percent of the graduating nuclear engineers in the nation.

If you're interested in checking in with our progress, you might want to dial up our new Web site: www.engineering.purdue.edu/NE/. There, you can find our most up-to-the-date news as well as the occasional spotlight on faculty, students, and staff. One feature you'll find is a story on the continued cross-disciplinary educational opportunities happening throughout the College of Engineering. Professors and researchers from our school, for example, are working with construction engineering and management students on the challenges involved with building next-generation nuclear reactors in this country.

Student involvement

Anyone deeply involved in this business of nuclear energy becomes an automatic spokesperson for an often misunderstood industry. Our students, both undergraduates and graduates, take eagerly to those debates. Purdue's chapter of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) will spend another week at the end of this spring semester sharing facts and fictions about the nuclear industry with fellow Purdue students. Thanks to a donation from Exelon, ANS members and other students are now using a converted laboratory as an office, lounge, and computer center.

-William Meiners