Department of Materials Science & Engineering

Department of Materials Science & Engineering

MSE stands among the best materials, metallurgy and ceramics departments in the nation. The department firmly believes that research is teaching, and so students of all levels are involved in almost every research and development project.

The Nuclear Engineering Program is housed within the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. The program offers students an opportunity to work on research teams related to backscatter radiation, extreme environments testing and nuclear fuel cycles. Students conduct research alongside academics and in partnership with national labs and government agencies, including Idaho National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.  


100 Rhines Hall
P.O. Box 116400
Gainesville, FL 32611-6400


Administration & Advising

Michele Manuel

Wolfgang Sigmund
Graduate Coordinator

Gerhard E. Fuchs
Undergraduate Coordinator

Andreas Enqvist
Nuclear Engineering Program Director
(352) 294-2177

DuWayne Schubring
NE Undergraduate Coordinator

Justin Watson
NE Graduate Coordinator
(352) 273-0241

What do Materials Engineers do?

Nuclear engineers research and develop the processes, instruments, and systems used to derive benefits from nuclear energy and radiation. Many of these engineers find industrial and medical uses for radioactive materials—for example, in equipment used in medical diagnosis and treatment. Many others specialize in the development of nuclear power sources for ships or spacecraft. In addition, nuclear engineers are at the forefront of developing uses of nuclear material for medical imaging devices, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. They also may develop or design cyclotrons, which produce a high-energy beam that the healthcare industry uses to treat cancerous tumors.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics