Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (NPRE) focuses on the development of nuclear energy and radiation sources for a wide variety of applications in energy production, in materials processing and science, and for biomedical and industrial uses. NPRE graduates work in such fields as:

  • Power plant design, supervision operations, and safety
  • Microelectronics
  • Materials performance and processing
  • Energy policy and security
  • Health physics
  • Medical diagnostics and therapy
  • Waste management
  • Fusion energy
  • Government and state regulatory organizations
  • Controls and control systems
  • Nuclear and medical instrumentation

Sample Careers & Companies

  • Nuclear Utilities (Duke Energy, Exelon, Energy Northwest, Entergy, First Energy)
  • Nuclear Suppliers & Consultants (Enercon, Sargent & Lundy, Nexus Engineering)
  • Design Firms (General Electric, Westinghouse)
  • Nuclear Research & Development Firms (Bechtel Bettis, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Department of Energy Laboratories)
  • Nuclear Regulatory Agencies (United States Nuclear Regulatory Agency)
  • Military Services (United States Navy)
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Companies (Intel)

Sample Courses

  • NPRE 247: Modeling Nuclear Energy Systems
  • NPRE 446: Radiation Interaction with Matter
  • NPRE 421: Plasma and Fusion Science
  • NPRE 431: Materials in Nuclear Engineering
  • NPRE 441: Radiation Protection


We’ve collected stories below from some women alumni and students in NPRE. Read them to learn how these engineers apply their Illinois Engineering education in their community and around the world.

Alumna stories:

Alyssa Hayes

Rosalyn Yalow

Shiva Abbazadeh

Student stories:

Eliza Wright