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Working Across Disciplines

Our faculty bring expertise and experience from a variety of industries and academic programs. Their research interests include nuclear reactor design, computational nuclear reactor theory, and radioactive waste management.

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The NETL reactor, designed by General Atomics, is a TRIGA Mark II nuclear research reactor. The NETL is the newest of the current fleet of U.S. university reactors.

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The Nuclear and Applied Robotics Group is an interdisciplinary research group whose mission is to develop and deploy advanced robotics in hazardous environments in order to minimize risk for the human operator.

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August 30, 2016

Jose Parga Receives Fellowship

August 30, 2016
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Congratulations to Jose Parga for receiving the Cockrell School of Engineering one year fellowship in conjunction with an additional award per year for four years. Jose has started his graduate research in Manufacturing Execution Systems of plutonium-238 power systems developed at Los Alamos National Lab.

August 15, 2016

Ethan Moll - Los Alamos

August 15, 2016
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Congratulations to Ethan Moll who graduated from the Radiation Physics Option. He has accepted a post-baccalaureate position at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Ethan will be involved with modeling of criticality.

August 14, 2016

Shiloh Sanchez - Sandia

August 14, 2016
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Congratulations to Shiloh Sanchez who received the Sandia National Lab Master’s Fellowship Program.  The MFP provides exceptional bachelor's-level minority candidates with the opportunity to receive fully funded Master of Science degrees. Successful applicants will become regular full-time Sandia employees and join their multidisciplinary R&D teams that are advancing the frontiers of science and technology to solve the world's greatest challenges. Shiloh who graduated with a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Physics spent the summer in the Sandia National Lab at Livermore, California.

August 14, 2016

Ferrara Study Abroad

August 14, 2016
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Dr. Landsberger led the Study Abroad Program in Concepts in Nuclear and Radiation Engineering at the University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy for nineteen Cockrell School of Engineering students. The course introduces many different aspects and applications of nuclear and radiation engineering/physics, such as the history of nuclear development, basic concepts of radiation and radioactivity, radioactive waste management, global warming, the impact of nuclear power plants, industrial applications, nuclear security, and nuclear medicine.  The laboratory exercises, a unique part of the course, offered students hands-on experience.  The picture also includes 3 students from other Italian institutions, the faculty members and teaching assistants from Universities of Texas and Ferrara.

November 11, 2015

New MS Student Adam Drescher receives Four-year Fellowship

November 11, 2015
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Congratulations to new MS graduate student Adam Drescher for receiving the prestigious Cockrell School of Engineering $9K fellowship per year for four years. This fellowship, above the monthly stipend, is offered to high achieving undergraduate students to attract the best graduate students to the various engineering departments. Adam, is completing his BS degree from the Department of Physics at the University of Texas where he took the Radiation Physics Option - a series of six courses in nuclear and radiation engineering given in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He begins in spring 2016 and will continue his work in the characterization of lanthanum bromide detectors for gamma-gamma coincidence measurements.

WoMEn on the Move

This past year has seen a significant number of women who have impacted the Nuclear and Radiation Engineering program at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Bonnie CanionBonnie Canion has accepted a postdoctoral position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Nuclear Security Physics Group. Bonnie completed her dissertation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory with her dissertation in spring 2016 in “Incorporation of Photon Analysis into an Active Interrogation System for Shielded Uranium Characterization”




Urairisa (Birdy) Phathanapirom, PhD student,  is interning for seven months at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna in their Waste Technology Section within the Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology. The team's goal is to share best practices on radioactive waste disposal with Member States.




Rachel MourneauRachel Mourneau, PhD student, is completing her dissertation work at Los Alamos National Lab. Her PhD research focuses on design modifications to nuclear reactors which increase their proliferation resistance by making their used fuel harder to use in a nuclear weapon."



Undergraduate student Emily Crowell-Stevens did an internship Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL) based in upstate New York, is a world-class research and development facility dedicated to support of the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.  She has ben offerred a permanent position at the lab once she graduates in spring 2017.



Second year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate students Kayla Kelley (right) and Camila Castro (left) were sponsored to attend the annual US Women in Nuclear (WIN) conference held in Charlotte, NC July 10-13, 2016. It is the premier network of more than 8,000 women and men who work in nuclear- and radiation-related fields around the country. Both Kayla and Camila are entering the Mechanical Engineering Nuclear Certificate program.



Congratulations to incoming MS student Christina Petlowany for being awarded the Cockrell School of Engineering Multiyear Stipend Fellowships. Christina who hails from Rice University in Houston in Mechanical Engineering is only one of 4 entering graduate students in all of the CSE to receive a twelve month award. In years 2-5 Christina will be supported by Nuclear and Applied Robotics with additional continued annual fellowship support.




Congratulations to Celeste Bergeron who graduated from the Radiation Physics Option. She has accepted a job offer from Harris Corporation as a Research Analyst. Celeste will mostly be working on contracts for the Department of Defense.




Congratulations to Ann Uribe who was accepted to the graduate program at the University of Texas at El Paso in Mechanical Engineering and the new Nuclear Engineering Option.  She will specialize in nuclear materials.  Ann graduated with a Nuclear Certificate in the Mechanical Engineering Department.