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The Department of Nuclear Engineering University Ben-Gurion of Negev


Welcome to the Department of Nuclear Engineering, the only academic program in Israel that educates would-be engineers in the vital fields of nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, radiation biology, and radiation related technologies. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate (B. Sc. M.Sc., and Ph.D.) degrees with specialties in these fields. Our curriculum provides a multidisciplinary educational approach to nuclear and radiation related technologies that are important for job positions in industry and health.  Students are permitted to choose majors from several different tracks, such as electrical and computer, nuclear applications, and biomedical engineering.   


The academic and research activities in the Department are concentrated in the following areas:


m     Nuclear Energy Engineering. Design and analysis of power and research nuclear reactors; reactor and fuel cycle theory; advanced nuclear fuel cycles; non-proliferative nuclear fuel;. reliability engineering, theory and practice;. development, maintenance, and improvement of analytical tools in nuclear engineering.


m     Radiation Chemistry. Radiation detection and localization of radioactive sources. dosimetry, methods and instrumentation; study of hydrides, theory and application for hydrogen storage. Nuclear chemistry research and its application for the production of nuclear medicine radioisotopes.


m     Nuclear Medicine. Application of nuclear techniques in medicine and biology; Monte-Carlo applications in nuclear medicine;  development and testing of new radioactive isotopes to improve diagnostic procedures in nuclear medicine; new techniques such as Photon Activation Therapy ; for improving radiation therapy in oncology patients, utilization of accelerators. .


m     Radiation Biology. Measurements of DNA damage and repair;. radiobiological principles, such as, the biological effects of low dose rate radiations; molecular nuclear medicine;  


m     Radiation-related Technologies. Application of radiation in industry and research;


In addition to a major in Nuclear Engineering, students may choose one of three academic routes as a minor:


1.      Nuclear energy and applications (NEA),

2.      Electrical and computer engineering (ECE),

3.      Biomedical engineering (BE). 


The program for each of these academic routes is based on three packages (blocks) of courses: a) compulsory (all routes); b) compulsory for a specific (ECE or BE or NEA); c) recommended elective courses. The academic program in the first year includes only compulsory courses for all routes (NEA, ECE, or BE). During the second semester of the first year, student may choose any one of the academic routes. Acceptance into a particular route  will be determined by the Academic Committee of the Department, based upon the student’s academic achievement in the first semester and students will be advised prior to the start of the second academic year.



The Department academic staff maintains an active research program in , such areas as: advanced concepts of nuclear reactors and fuel cycles, reliability engineering, biomedical engineering, applications of radiation and isotopes in material sciences, medicine and industry,  hydrogen absorption in metals and metal compounds. The Department  includes eight senior faculty members and two senior research (Ph.D.) engineers, 40 postgraduate and 160 undergraduate students. Each of the research areas is supported by 2-3 senior staff and 3-4 research students.


At the present time, Israel requires on average 10 - 15 nuclear/radiology engineers annually for industrial companies, research centers and medical institutions .  With a view to expanding the job horizon for our graduates,

the Department curriculum provides its undergraduate and postgraduate students with a broad, versatile, and relevant education to prepare them for a variety of high-tech positions in industry and health-related fields.

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