Missouri S&T’s nuclear engineering program gains department status

October 26, 2020, 3:00PMNuclear News

Missouri S&T’s pool-type nuclear reactor. Photo: Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

Sixty years ago, the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), then known as the University of Missouri at Rolla, was one of the first U.S. institutions to offer a nuclear engineering degree. Now, decades after it was offered as an option within metallurgical engineering, Missouri S&T’s nuclear program has attained new status as the Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science Department, the university announced on October 20.

“We are witnessing the dawn of a new nuclear age,” said Chancellor Mo Dehghani, who approved the new department earlierin October. “Missouri S&T intends to lead the way with its flourishing nuclear engineering program.”

Missouri S&T’s nuclear engineering program had been housed within the Mining and Nuclear Engineering Department for nearly 20 years. The newly independent department will incorporate the program’s existing resources, including a pool-type nuclear reactor.

“As we enter our 61st year, nuclear engineering is experiencing a new beginning as we continue our tradition of excellence into the future,” said Ayodeji Alajo, associate professor and interim chair of the department. “I look forward to continued growth in the department and the opportunity to showcase S&T’s capabilities in nuclear engineering.”

Missouri S&T has an ANS student section that was established in 1967.

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