Major areas of research in nuclear engineering include: plasma science, fusion technology, space power, thermal hydraulics, radiation diagnostics and protection, nuclear criticality safety, radiation transport and radiation interactions with matter, and radioactive waste management. The environmental and plasma technology areas involve faculty from both sides of the department. The department enjoys extensive interactions and collaborations with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as with the UNM School of Medicine and high technology industries both locally and nationally.
The University of New Mexico (UNM), the flagship institution of higher learning in the State of New Mexico, is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University and a Minority and Hispanic-Serving Institution. The Department has ABET- accredited B.S. degree programs and offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering with strong involvement of graduate and undergraduate students in ongoing research projects. On site facilities include a AGN-201M low-power, teaching reactor.