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Nuclear Engineering Program Objectives

The educational objective of the Nuclear Engineering program is to produce graduates capable of achieving the following in the future:

  1. Identify and excel in wide variety of careers in which the skills, knowledge, and abilities gained in nuclear engineering and the broader engineering fields can be applied.
  2. Make significant contributions to global world energy supplies through the nuclear enterprise as well as through the related fields of medicine and security.
  3. Apply their skills, abilities, and knowledge to the challenges of the day, such as: global energy supply, fresh water, and medical care.
  4. Engage in life-long learning , keeping abreast of advancements in their fields through continuing education, professional development activities, and other career enhancing options.
  5. Achieve success in their chosen career or profession as evidenced by: career advancement and satisfaction, entrepreneurial activities, professional leadership of national and international activities.
  6. Conduct themselves with the highest professional and ethical principles.
The key constituents of the undergraduate educational program in nuclear engineering are:
  1. Students: The main objective of the undergraduate program is to educate our students. This is performed through our courses and through direct interaction with faculty, teaching assistants and among themselves.
  2. Alumni: They represent our School and Purdue University in the professional community and society. They help us to evaluate and update our program outcomes.
  3. Faculty: They are the educators. Furthermore, they sustain a world class research program that benefits the undergraduate education.
  4. Employers: (represented by the School’s Advisory Committee and the Engineering Advisory Council): Many of our students enter careers in industry. The guidance of industry is essential to formulate and revise our program objectives.
  5. Government Research Laboratories: (Primarily DOE National Laboratories and Navy Propulsion Laboratories) and other government agencies: Many of our students enter careers in government. We seek the guidance of government in the same way as industry.
The careers of our students are varied. Many follow paths into academia, medicine, business, etc. The program educational objectives strive to give our students a broad set of skills even beyond those derived from our employers, government and research.