With the US not building too much at this point it seems like the general theme is to leverage existing assets and patch up what exists for the time being. With that being said for an ME student interested in nuclear energy what area should one focus on, fluid flows, stress analysis, FEA, material science, thermohydraulics which would offer the best entry point into the field. I would just take more nuclear classes, but at my institution the coursework and expertise in the area is somewhat limtied. Another question, while I am sure one must have knowledge about the nuclear process and stuff, I wonder if an advanced degree in nuclear engineering necessary if you are not working on the reactor or fuel design. I intend to break into the industry, but it is proving difficult gaining experience via internships and I am not likeing my chances at the momemt in securing employment. I do not want to work in a utilitiy where I just monitor performance in a valve or something. I was thinking a masters in pure ME might offer better flexibiltiy just in case the chips do not bounce my way.