The goal of this certificate is to combine a comprehensive set of course curricula that will provide students with an understanding of the challenges and remedial measures associated with materials in nuclear energy systems. It includes courses in radiation damage, nuclear fuel performance, corrosion, and joining/welding. A laboratory course will provide hands-on experimental analysis in the areas of corrosion, welding, radiation damage, and non-destructive evaluation.

Students learn the challenges and remedial measures associated with materials in nuclear energy system and conduct experimental analysis in corrosion, welding, radiation damage, and nondesctructive evaluation.

Required courses (13 credits)
N E/​M S & E  423 Nuclear Engineering Materials 13
N E 424 Nuclear Materials Laboratory1
N E 541 Radiation Damage in Metals 13
M S & E/​N E  433 Principles of Corrosion3
M S & E/​M E  435 Joining of Materials: Structural, Electronic, Bio and Nano Materials3
or M S & E/​M E  462 Welding Metallurgy
Elective courses (minimum 3 cr.)
CIV ENGR 445 Steel Structures I3
CIV ENGR 447 Concrete Structures I3
M S & E 330 Thermodynamics of Materials4
M S & E 352 Materials Science-Transformation of Solids3
M S & E 463 Materials for Elevated Temperature Service3
M S & E 560 Fundamentals of Atomistic Modeling3
M S & E 570 Properties of Solid Surfaces3

Because M S & E 350 Introduction to Materials Science or M S & E 351 Materials Science-Structure and Property Relations in Solids are prerequisites for N E/​M S & E  423 Nuclear Engineering Materials and N E 541 Radiation Damage in Metals, students are expected to take one of the two of these courses as prerequisites for the certificate.