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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    May 24, 2022  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nuclear Engineering

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J. Wesley Hines, Head

Fontana, M.H. (Research), PhD, PE - Purdue
Ganapol, B.D. (Research), PhD - California (Berkeley)
Grossbeck, M.L. (Research), PhD - Illinois
Hall, H.L. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD - California (Berkeley)
Hines, J.W., (Postelle Professor), MBA, PhD - Ohio State
Lillie, R.A. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Mihalczo, J.T. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Miller, L.F., PhD, PE - Texas A&M
Mynatt, F.R. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Ruggles, A.E., PhD - Rensselaer Polytechnic
Townsend, L.W. (Chancellor’s Professor, Robert M. Condra Professor), PhD - Idaho
Upadhyaya, B.R., PhD, PE - California (San Diego)
Wirth, B.D. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD - California (Santa Barbara)
Associate Professors
Maldonado, G.I., PhD - North Carolina State
Pevey, R.E., MBA (Emory), PhD, PE - Tennessee
Assistant Professors
Gribok, A.V. (Research), PhD - IPPE (Russia)
Hayward, J.P., PhD - Michigan
Heilbronn, L.H., PhD - Michigan State
Moussa, H.M. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Stephan, A.C. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Adjunct Faculty
Bogard, J.G., PhD - Texas (Austin)
Cook, D.H., PhD - Tennessee
DeHart, M.D., PhD - Texas A&M
Gehin, J.C., PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Icenhour, A.S., PhD - Tennessee
Iverson, E.B., PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nichols, T.L., MD - Tennessee
Ramsey, C.R., PhD - Tennessee
Williams, M.L., PhD - Tennessee
Emeriti Faculty
Dodds, H.L., PhD, PE - Tennessee
Groer, P.G., PhD - Vienna (Austria)
Uhrig, R.E. (Distinguished Professor), PhD, PE - Iowa State

Nuclear engineering is the engineering discipline that focuses on the application of nuclear and atomic processes for the benefit of mankind and the environment. Radiological engineering is a specialty of nuclear engineering that addresses biological applications such as radiation safety (health physics). Some examples of nuclear and radiological engineering are production of electric power with essentially no air pollution, production of radioisotopes for medical and industrial uses, and development of radiation based methods for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The mission of the Nuclear Engineering Department is to

  • Produce high quality nuclear and radiological engineering graduates from undergraduate through the doctoral level in order to help meet the manpower needs of our state, region, nation, and the international community.
  • Conduct nuclear and radiological engineering related research to help meet the needs of society.
  • Perform service for industry, government, professional organizations, and the public in areas related to nuclear and radiological engineering.

The program for the Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,, which is described earlier in this catalog. The educational objectives of the Bachelor of Science program are to

  • Provide students with fundamental knowledge in mathematics, computer science, the basic sciences, and the engineering sciences that is necessary to solve state-of-the-art problems in nuclear and radiological engineering.
  • Provide students with a real-world design and analysis experience in nuclear and radiological engineering that shall include environmental, societal, safety, and economic considerations.
  • Provide students with appropriate skills in oral and written communication, teamwork, laboratory work, problem solving and the use of modern engineering tools that will prepare them to work productively in a contemporary and global environment.
  • Provide students with a diverse general education in the humanities, ethics, and social sciences to complement their technological education in order to understand and appreciate the importance of each in society and in personal development.
  • Foster a genuine desire for life-long learning in students.

Students majoring in nuclear engineering take courses in the basic sciences, engineering fundamentals, mathematics, computer science, humanities, and special areas of nuclear engineering including nuclear system design and safety; radiation transport and shielding; heat transfer and fluid flow; instrumentation and controls; fuel cycle and waste management; and health physics. Nuclear engineering students may concentrate in radiological engineering by substitution of two courses. The radiological engineering concentration also satisfies most of the requirements of pre-med, pre-vet, and pre-dentistry programs.

Five-Year BS/MS Program

The department offers a 5-year BS-MS program with a BS (major in nuclear engineering) and an MS (major in nuclear engineering) for qualified students. The primary component of the program is that qualified students may take up to 6 hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Tennessee. This program is designed for students attending the University of Tennessee for their Master of Science degree because other universities may not accept these courses for graduate credit since they were used to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Significant components of the program are:

  • Students must have an overall GPA of 3.4 in required course work. Conditional admission to the 5-year program may be granted after completion of 63 hours of required course work, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 93 hours of required course work with a minimum overall GPA of 3.4.

  • Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking graduate courses for both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. All courses taken for graduate credit must be approved by the director of graduate studies. Students admitted to the program must request permission from the Graduate School to take approved courses for graduate credit.

  • Students admitted to the program must also follow the normal procedure for admission to the Graduate School. Admission of students into this program must be approved by the department and the Graduate School. Students will not be eligible for assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.


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