Extreme/Nuclear Materials Life Cycle Analysis

Faculty in our nuclear engineering program are helping to grow our understanding of the effects of intense radiation fields on advanced materials. They’re also exploring the use of radiation in the synthesis, processing and modification of specialized nanomaterials.

Meet the experts

Carlos Castano

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Nuclear fatigue; new shielding materials; production of nanomaterials with radiation; radioactive nanoparticles for cancer treatment

Joseph Graham

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Advanced nuclear ceramics; neutron doping; defect characterization; optical/electronic/scattering techniques

Shoaib Usman

Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering
Mining and Nuclear Engineering

Research Interests

Spent nuclear fuel interrogation and reactor safety; gamma spectroscopy; radiation detection; mixed oxide fuel; reactor passive safety; natural convection

Haiming Wen

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Development and fabrication of advanced materials such as bulk nanostructured alloys, high entropy alloys and bulk metallic glasses; Microstructure characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials; Nuclear fuels and structural materials designed for current and next generation nuclear reactors