Virginia Commonwealth University


Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is Virginia’s premier public, urban research university. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 13 Schools and One college. The VCU Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. VCU is proud to have a diverse student population that includes traditionally underrepresented minorities and a higher than average female student population. VCU also has a higher than average percentage of non-traditional students, and a high number of transfer students from area community colleges seeking to expand associate degrees into bachelors and even master and PhD degrees.

VCU initiated new graduate and undergraduate programs in nuclear engineering in 2007 in direct response to the growing demand for nuclear engineers in the nuclear power industry, national laboratories and the federal government. VCU is currently the only university in Virginia to offer a full suite of graduate and undergraduate degrees in nuclear engineering, including an ABET accredited BS in Mechanical Engineering with a Major Concentration in Nuclear Engineering, and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. Currently, approximately 100 students are enrolled in the undergraduate nuclear engineering major concentration and approximately 85 graduate students are enrolled in the MS and PhD programs in mechanical and nuclear engineering.

VCU’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering currently has 24 full-time faculty (5 of whom perform research focused on nuclear science and technology), as well as modern facilities for radiation detection and measurement, high temperature materials, radiochemistry, used nuclear fuel reprocessing and advanced modeling and simulation of nuclear systems.

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