- Engineering Analysis
Development and application of new and innovative analysis methods for both nuclear and non-nuclear
- Nuclear Systems Analysis
Reactor & Fuel Cycle Analysis, Simulation and Methods, Applied Physics & Nuclear Data,
and Criticality Safety
- Research & Test Reactor
Development of technology necessary to enable the conversion of civilian facilities using high
enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuels and targets
- Nonproliferation and National Security
Applying technical expertise to address global security threats, finding and implementing practical solutions to realize nonproliferation and national security policy objectives. Major activities include strategic trade control, international safeguards, information security, vulnerability assessments, policy support, and international engagement.
- Detection & Diagnostic Systems
R&D related to instruments and non-destructive evaluation (NDE)
techniques for characterization of materials and determination of system parameters related
to different energy systems (including fossil, transportation, and nuclear). The Department
also develops sensors and technologies for non-energy-producing applications such as homeland
security and biomedical engineering
- Engineering Development and Applications
Corrosion & Mechanics of Materials, Irradiation Performance, Engineering Development
Labs, and Engineering Projects
NE's Educational Website
Reactors Designed by Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne developed and/or built experiments, research reactors, or prototypes of every kind
of commercial nuclear reactor in the world today, as well as many research and training reactors.
An overview of this history is now online.
Argonne’s Nuclear Science and Technology Legacy
Argonne’s Nuclear Science and Technology Legacy:
a series of short articles and historical news releases covering Argonne's nuclear energy
legacy from the first nuclear reactor to the present.
RERTR-2014 International Meeting, Vienna, Austria
(October 12-15, 2014)
NNSA’s Office of Global Threat Reduction will host the “RERTR 2014 International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors” in Vienna, Austria from Oct. 12-15, 2014… Details
Want to bypass the popular press myths and gain a true understanding of the radiation releases
at Fukushima? In “Fukushima and Chernobyl: Myth versus Reality”, leading experts
from several international organizations, including the United Nations, discuss the facts.
“Fukushima Accident Updates”
Other Recent News/Highlights
Mitch Farmer to receive ANS 2014 Special Award —
Mitch Farmer, nuclear engineer and manager of Reactor Safety Testing & Analysis, was recently selected by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) to receive their 2014 Special Award on Enhancing nuclear power plant safety in response to the Fukushima accident… Read
full story »
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Facility Decommissioning Training Courses
Oct. 7-9, 2014 Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Online registration OPEN for this session. Classes:
Nov. 17-20, 2014 Las Vegas, NV, USA
Online registration OPEN for this session. Classes: Nov. 17-19. NNSS Tour: Nov. 20.
The Nuclear Engineering (NE) Division is one of the divisions within the Energy
Engineering and Systems Analysis Directorate of Argonne National Laboratory. Our mission is to advance
the design and operation of nuclear energy systems and to apply our nuclear energy-related expertise
to current and emerging programs of national and international significance.
The NE Division participates in key DOE Nuclear Energy programs such as the Fuel Cycle Research and Development Program, the Generation IV Initiative, and the Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative. We also have major roles in nonproliferation and national security programs conducted by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and other agencies.
Division personnel additionally contribute to improving the operation of existing nuclear energy systems
and to resolving issues related to their performance and safety. We have a key role in advancing major
Laboratory initiatives in such diverse areas as transportation, hydrogen generation and computational
science. Finally, we contribute engineering expertise to the design, operation and decommissioning
of major facilities at Argonne and elsewhere.