2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2020  
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nuclear Engineering

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H.L. Dodds, Head and Director of Graduate Studies

Dodds, H.L. (IBM Professor), PhD, PE - Tennessee
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., MBA, PhD - Ohio State
Lillie, R.A. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
Mihalczo, J.T. (Research), PhD - Tennessee
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, Brian D. (Governor’s Chair Professor), California (Santa Barbara)
Associate Professors
Maldonado, G.I., PhD - North Carolina State
Pevey, R.E., MBA (Emory), PhD, PE - Tennessee
Assistant Professors
Goldblum, B.L., PhD - California (Berkeley)
Gribok, A.V. (Research), PhD - IPPE (Russia)
Hayward, J.P., PhD - Michigan
Heilbronn, L.H., PhD - Michigan State
Liao, H., PhD - Rutgers
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
Hollenbach, D.F., PhD - Tennessee
Icenhour, A.S., PhD - Tennessee
Iverson, E.B., PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nichols, T.L., MD - Tennessee
Ramsey, C.R., PhD - Tennessee
Rasmussen, B.P. - PhD - Tennessee
Williams, M.L., PhD - Tennessee
Emeriti Faculty
Groer, P.G., PhD - Vienna (Austria)
Uhrig, R.E. (Distinguished Professor), PhD, PE - Iowa State 
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 concentration    
  Nuclear Security Science and Analysis concentration    
  Reliability and Maintainability Engineering concentration    

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
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 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 hours of required course work, while full admission may be granted after the completion of 93 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 hours in the MS must be taken in courses numbered 500 or above.

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