Message from the Chair

Dr. Joseph Newkirk

"Are you excited about nuclear energy? I am!" 

Did you know that one pound of uranium has over 2 million times more energy than 1 pound of gasoline? Imagine the energy of a tank of gasoline stored in a grain of sand, with near-zero carbon emissions. New medical technologies can send a radioisotope to a specific organ with the intent of killing cancer cells and not harming healthy cells. A nuclear engine could drive a spaceship to Mars in weeks instead of the current expected time of a year and a half.  These exciting ideas and more are a part of what nuclear technology has to offer the future.

There is great excitement in the field of nuclear engineering, and you have a chance to be a part of developing this amazing technology for the benefit of society.  The Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science at Missouri S&T is a great place to study and learn, ranked in the top ten nationally. Students rave about the family atmosphere and the faculty's investment in their education and career success. Many exciting opportunities await you after you finish your studies.

Dr. Joseph Newkirk
Department Chair and Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science