The Ohio State University Lab Courses at NRL

Working alongside The Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering (NE) Program, NRL provides world-class education and training to graduate and undergraduate students in addressing the world’s biggest challenges in clean energy and nuclear non-proliferation. Hands-on student laboratory sessions at NRL complement the NE Program’s classroom instruction. In addition, many students work with faculty, both inside and outside the NE Program, on research projects utilizing the capabilities of the NRL for sponsors such as the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, NASA, DOE national laboratories, and nuclear power plants. Students are prepared for successful careers in a variety of specialty areas associated with the application of radiation, radioactive materials, and nuclear fission. Graduates have gone on to work for a variety of organizations including research laboratories, design organizations, nuclear power plants, academic institutions, and regulatory bodies.

Two graduate-level classes and one undergraduate-level class utilize lab sessions at the Reactor Building in their curriculum. In addition, NRL facilities are used by a variety of students and educators. Activities include basic reactor experiments such as approach to critical and control rod calibration, neutron activation analysis demonstrations, and radiation safety training.


The Ohio State University Lab Courses at NRL

Reactor Dynamics Laboratory

Measurement of reactor characteristics and operational parameters using the Ohio State University Research Reactor. Offered Spring semester.


Nuclear Radiations and Their Measurements

Systematic study of nuclear radiation source, interaction with matter and their detection using gas-filled, semiconductor, scintillation detectors, HPGe spectrometry, pulse processing, and statistical data analysis. Offered Spring semester.


Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Laboratory

A laboratory course tailored to undergraduates that will provide hands-on experience with nuclear engineering instrumentation and the Ohio State University Research Reactor. Offered Autumn semester.

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