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Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Materials

Faculty working with Students: 29
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
Tests required:

Degree Description:

This certificate program provides formal academic coursework to engineers whose training is in a non-nuclear discipline or graduate students who wish to have an emphasis in this area. Students must complete a minimum of nine credits (of which six credits must be at the 500-level) from a specific list of courses found at

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the material required by the Graduate School, the School of MME requires a copy of the student’s resume and a statement of purpose.

Student Opportunities:


Career Opportunities:

This certificate program will benefit students who wish to pursue employment opportunities in the nuclear industry.

Faculty Members:

Ameta, Gaurav, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmentally benign design and manufacturing, sustainable energy, tolerance, geometric problems, product models and informatics.

Antolovich, Stephen Dale, Ph.D.

Research Interests

High temperature fracture and fatigue in superalloys and intermetallic compounds, modeling of deformation and fracture processes, electron microscopy.

Bahr, David, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Mechanical properties of small volumes and thin films, micromechanics of fracture, adhesion, MEMS, corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking.

Bandyopadhyay, Amit, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Laser processing, additive manufacturing, orthopedic biomaterials, hard coatings and aero/space materials.

Bose, Susmita, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Resorbable ceramics and composite in bone tissue engineering, nanoparticle and scaffolds in drug delivery, nanoscale coating of implants, advanced synthesis, processing.

Ding, Jow-Lian, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Dynamic response of materials and structures (experimental characterization, modeling, and simulation), shock dynamics, thermo-mechanics, electrodynamics, and stress-induced phase transformation.

Dutta, Indranath, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Multi-physics phenomena in materials, materials reliability for microelectronics, electrically-activated meso-to-nanoscale manufacturing.

Dutta, Prashanta, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Micro/nanofluidics, electrokinetic flow and separation, particulate flow, radio frequency heating, numerical modeling of chemical and biological flow, micro fuel cell and energy conversion.

Field, David P, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, metal deformation and recrystallization, grain boundary and interface structure, metallic thin films, structure/properties relationships.

Jayaram, Sankar, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Virtual assembly, virtual manufacturing, CAD data translation, collaborative design, standards for assembly representation and for sustainable manufacturing systems, computer graphics.

Jayaram, Uma, Ph.D.

Research Interests

CAD/CAM/PLM, ontologies and knowledge representations in design, virtual reality in design and training, retaining engineering information and skills, sustainability.

Kinsel, William, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Engineering mechanics (metal forming, dynamics, nuclear structural materials). Located at WSU Tri-Cities

Leachman, Jacob W, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Hydrogen, deuterium, tritium; hydrogen and nuclear energy (fission and fusion), hydrogen fueling of aerospace vehicles, thermophysical property modeling and measurement, energy storage and conversion, cryogenics, unmanned aerial vehicles.

Lin, David, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Integrated mechanical properties of skeletal muscle and spinal reflexes. Multiscale modeling of muscle contractile properties.

Lynn, Kelvin G, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Radiation detectors, positron studies including variable energy beams, crystal growth, defects in semiconductors and metals; photovoltaic materials; thermal stimulated spectroscopies.

Matveev, Konstantin, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Aero-hydrodynamics and dynamics of advanced marine vehicles, ground-effect aerodynamics, surface flows, supercavitation, heat-sound interactions, nonlinear and physical acoustics.

Mesarovic, Sinisa, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Multiscale modeling, phase field models, dislocation plasticity, phase transformations and metal-ceramic bonding, capillary flows, granular materials, carbon nanotubes.

Mo, Changki, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Energy harvesting, micro actuators and sensors, adaptive structure technology, smart structures for sustainable buildings, vibration control.

Norton, M Grant, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Ceramic materials, nanotechnology, alternative energy.

Panchal, Jitesh, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Integrated materials and products design, collective intelligence, agent-based modeling, sustainability, uncertainty management, robust design, distributed design and manufacturing.

Pezeshki, Charles, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Nanotechnology, environmental politics and protection issues, sustainability.

Richards, Cecilia D, Ph.D.

Research Interests

MEMS power, advanced energy systems, spray combustion, two-phase flows, air breathing engines.

Richards, Robert F, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Heat transfer, mass transfer, thermodynamics, building energy conservation, solar energy, MEMS, micropower, thermal switching.

Smith, Lloyd V, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Strength and durability of composite materials and their adhesives, performance of sports equipment, impact testing and simulation, protective equipment.

Vasavada, Anita, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biomechanics and neural control of the musculoskeletal system, focusing on the human head and neck system.

Wolcott, Michael P, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Biomass preparation
Biofuels industry logistics
Composite material development
Extrusion processing
Viscoelasticity and rheology
Anisotropic elasticity

Zbib, Hussein M, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Mechanics (multiscale modeling, numerical analysis, plasticity, damage, fracture, composites), materials (nanomaterials, defects, radiation effect, dislocation theory, crystal plasticity).

Zhang, Jinwen, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Synthesizing and exploring new polymer materials from renewable feedstock, toughening, reinforcing and application development of biobased polymer materials.

Zhong, Weihong, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Polymers, nanocomposites, multifunctional materials, biomaterials, renewable materials, battery materials.

Contact Information:

Nathalie Wall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA