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Best graduate programs for GEN IV reactor design

  1. May 8, 2012 #1

    I would like some recommendations on universities that have nuclear engg. graduate programs that specialize in design and analysis of GEN IV reactors. My professors have recommended the following:

    1. Michigan
    2. Penn State
    3. MIT
    4. North Carolina State

    Any info regarding grad programs would be greatly appreciated. I want to earn my masters and work in the industry for companies like General Atomics, Westinghouse or AREVA.
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  3. May 8, 2012 #2


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    Any of those universities are acceptable.

    You'll have to keep an eye on the Gen IV program though. It appears to be in the process of being absorbed by SMR and possibly other programs.

    SMRs, particuarly those based on current LWR technology, are gaining priority in the industry at the moment.

    https://smr.inl.gov/ (Note the Gen IV image on the page - at least this week there is)

    http://nuclear.energy.gov/genIV/neGenIV1.html (this will probably change)
  4. May 8, 2012 #3
    I am actually very interested in SMRs and would like to work on them in the future. None of my professors recommended Cal at Berkley, but it is one of the schools I am considering. Oregon State as well.
  5. May 8, 2012 #4
    I would steer clear from Cal at Berkeley. The program there is refocusing more towards Nuclear Physics and not engineering. Plus it's struggling like the rest of the state for funding and they've lost a few people recently.

    I'd suggest MIT, UM-Ann Arbor, UW-Madison, NCSU, Penn State, and OSU for highly for Gen IV reactors, but I'd also encourage you to look at RPI, UTK, and Texas A&M as well.

    Basically anyone on this list:


    has someone working in Gen IV reactors or something closely related to it.
  6. May 9, 2012 #5
    Thermalne is wrong about Berkeley as they have several groups with large grants working hard on next generation reactors (including pebble bed and breed-and-burn). My advice is to apply to all the top tier schools and visit every single one you get into ( most will pay for your trip :) ). What I experienced is the research on many school websites is somewhat outdated and visiting is an excellent chance to see both the current research focus and culture of the department/group.
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