Meet the Director

On behalf of our dedicated faculty and staff, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Utah Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) website. Housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah, UNEP has two separate graduate degrees (M.S. non-thesis and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering) and an undergraduate minor. As part of Utah’s flagship research university and proud member of the Pac-12 Conference, UNEP is responsible for educating the next generation workforce in critical nuclear engineering fields and developing innovative procedures and technologies for the advancement of nuclear applications.

We invite you to browse through our website to learn more about the exciting opportunities for graduates in Nuclear Engineering as well as the steps required to join our dynamic team.


Michael E. Barber, PhD
Professor and Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Interim Director, Nuclear Engineering Program

University of Utah
P. 801.581.6931


Our mission is to provide outstanding educational and research training that prepares students for rewarding careers and leadership positions in the development and application of nuclear processes, instrumentation, and systems while insuring proper safeguards essential for maximizing the societal benefits of nuclear energy and radioactive materials. Using our TRIGA Nuclear Research Reactor as a core training and educational facility, UNEP’s overarching goal is to continually make strides in the advancement of multidisciplinary nuclear-related fields such as actinide synthesis, electronics nesting, energy, medical isotope production, nuclear forensics, nuclear safeguards, and radiation detection.

UNEP draws students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, and utilizes the resources and expertise of a variety of engineering and science faculty to meet the academic and research needs of Nuclear Engineering Graduate Students.