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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nuclear Engineering

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J.W. Hines, Head and Director of Graduate Studies

Hall, H.L. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD – California (Berkeley)
Hines, J.W. (Postelle Fellow), PhD – Ohio State
Miller, L.F., PhD, PE – Texas A&M
Ruggles, A.E., PhD – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Townsend, L.W., PhD – Idaho
Upadhyaya, B.R., PhD, PE – California (San Diego)
Wirth, B.D. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD – California (Santa Barbara)
Wood, R., PhD – Tennessee
Zinkle, S. (Governor’s Chair Professor), PhD – Wisconsin

Associate Professors
Hayward, J.P. (UCOR Fellow), PhD – Michigan
Heilbronn, L.H., PhD – Michigan State
Maldonado, G.I., PhD – North Carolina State
Pevey, R.E., PhD, PE – Tennessee

Assistant Professors
Coble, J.B., PhD – Tennessee
Donovan, D., PhD – Wisconsin
Lang, M.K., PhD – University of Heidelberg (Germany)
Lukosi, E., PhD – Missouri (Columbia)
Skutnik, S.E., PhD – North Carolina State

Research Professors
Fontana, M.H., PhD, PE – Purdue
Ganapol, B.D., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Grossbeck, M.L. (Research), PhD – Illinois
Lillie, R.A., PhD – Tennessee
Melcher, C., PhD – California Institute of Technology
Mihalczo, J.T. (Research), PhD – Tennessee
Mynatt, F.R., PhD – Tennessee

Research Associate Professors
Gribok, A.V., PhD – IPPE (Russia)
Khan, M., PhD – Tennessee (Memphis)
Stainback, J., PhD – Tennessee
Valentine, T., PhD – Tennessee
White, J., PhD – Tennessee
Zhang, X., PhD – Lanzhou University (China)

Research Assistant Professors
Auxier, J., PhD – Tennessee
Chvala, O., PhD – Prague, Czech Republic
Walford, G.V., PhD – University of Surrey (UK)
Williamson, M., PhD – Tennessee

Joint Faculty
Gehin, J.C., PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stowe, A., PhD – Florida State

Adjunct Faculty
Arndt, S., PhD – Ohio State
Bowling, J., PhD – Tennessee
Cook, D.H., PhD – Tennessee
DeHart, M.D., PhD – Texas A&M
Hashemian, H., PhD – Chalmers (Sweden)
Icenhour, A.S., PhD – Tennessee
Iverson, E.B., PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nichols, T.L., MD – Tennessee
Ramsey, C.R., PhD – Tennessee
Terrani, K., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Williams, M.L., PhD – Tennessee
Xu, D., PhD – California Institute of Technology

Emeriti Faculty
Dodds, H.L. (IBM Professor), PhD, PE – Tennessee
Groer, P.G., PhD – Vienna (Austria)
Kerlin, T.W., PhD – Tennessee

Nuclear Engineering   MS, PhD
   Energy Science and Engineering concentration   PhD only
  Radiological Engineering concentration    
Nuclear Engineering   MS-MBA
Reliability and Maintainability Engineering   MS
  Nuclear Engineering concentration    
Graduate Certificate Programs    
  Nuclear Criticality Safety    
  Nuclear Security Science and Analysis    
  Reliability and Maintainability Engineering    

The Department of Nuclear Engineering offers programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, and three Graduate Certificates. Students may elect a traditional nuclear engineering program focusing on fission energy or a radiological engineering concentration, which prepares students for careers in the radiation safety field (health physics). Both programs are designed for graduates of accredited undergraduate programs in engineering, physics, chemistry, or mathematics.

All entering students must have, as a minimum, competency in mathematics through ordinary differential equations. Admitted applicants will be advised of any prerequisite undergraduate courses that may be required for their graduate studies. In addition, students without a BS in nuclear engineering, or the equivalent, must take NE 433 , NE 470  both of which may be taken for graduate credit. However, students in the radiological engineering concentration will take NE 551  in place of NE 433 . Students electing the radiological engineering concentration must take NE 401 , NE 551 , NE 552  and NE 490  in their course of study. The department head is the contact for all interested students, both those with nuclear engineering degrees and those from other disciplines.


Five-Year BS-MS Program
Nuclear Engineering Major

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 a qualified student may take up to 6 credit hours of approved graduate courses for their senior undergraduate electives and have them count toward both the 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 credit hours of required course work, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 93 credit hours of required course work with a minimum GPA of 3.4.
  • Admission must be approved by the department and the Graduate School.
  • Students must at least be conditionally admitted to the program prior to taking courses that receive credit for both the BS and MS 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.
  • Students will not be eligible for graduate assistantships until they are enrolled as graduate-level students in the Graduate School.


Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Courses

400-level courses, listed in the Graduate Catalog, in nuclear engineering may be used for graduate credit. However, at least two-thirds of the minimum required credit hours in the MS must be taken in courses numbered 500 or above.


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