Graduate Program in Nuclear Engineering

Degress offered

The department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at UNM offers an MS in Nuclear Engineering with several options for concentration and a PhD in Engineering with a Nuclear Engineering concentration.

Research Areas
The nuclear engineering research graduate programs at The University of New Mexico include:

  • Nuclear criticality safety
  • Radiation transport
  • Reactor theory
  • Single and two-phase flow in microgravity
  • Space nuclear power
  • Thermal-hydraulics
  • Fusion energy
  • Accelerator physics and engineering
  • Occupational and environmental radiation protection
  • Plasma physics generation
  • Nuclear activation diagnostics
  • High energy density physics
  • Reactor and shielding design
  • Time series analysis
  • Nuclear fuel irradiation behavior
  • Theoretical and numerical methods in neutral and stochastic transport theory
  • Charged particle transport
  • Model-reference adaptive control of nuclear power plants
  • Heat pipes for space application
  • Computational methods for heat transfer and fluid flows
  • Single phase laminar and combined flows
  • Two-phase flows
  • Probabilistic risk assessment
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Computational radiation transport and reactor physics
  • Application of information theory Nuclear Non-Proliferation
  • Signal filtering for low level radiation detection
  • Experimental investigation of fission isomers
  • Neutron beam active-interrogation Medical Physics
  • Diagnostic Radiology Image simulation using Monte Carlo techniques
  • Flat panel digital image quality assurance techniques
  • Development of digital image quality assurance tools
  • Assessment of patient treatment based on prior diagnostic tests
  • Comparison of accuracy of IMRT quality assurance tools/tests
  • Monte Carlo beam transport of x-ray, electron, and proton beams
  • Benchmarking Monte Carlo calculations with measurement
  • Modeling of tumor and normal tissue response during radiation therapy
  • Evaluation of medical physics and nuclear engineering teaching methods
  • Diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology outcome studies

See the faculty directory for more details.

The department currently houses seven faculty in Nuclear Engineering.

Research Facilities
The nuclear engineering laboratory is equipped with:

  • Nuclear training reactor
  • Hot-cell facility with remote manipulators
  • Pulsed neutron generator
  • Graphite pile
  • Several solid state detectors for alpha, beta, and gamma radiation
  • Computer based data acquisition, analysis and control systems
  • Supporting radiation measurements systems

In addition to the well-equipped laboratories on campus, the advanced reactors and radiation equipment of Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Phillips Laboratory are utilized for instruction and research.

Graduate students also have access to resources available through our associated centers and affiliated research facilities.

Elaine Fincke (, NE Department Administrator
Dr. Adam Hecht (, Graduate Advisor