Our Nation needs sustained scientific and technological innovation to prevent the use of illicit nuclear materials, resolve issues in nuclear waste management, and advance next-generation nuclear energy. The WSU-PNNL Nuclear Science and Technology Institute leverages the unique capabilities of both institutions to help the United States maintain leadership in nuclear science, thereby keeping the country secure through innovations in science and technology and develop a highly competitive regional and national workforce.
The Institute is building a sustainable pipeline of nuclear science and technology experts to enable nuclear nonproliferation, support Hanford Site waste cleanup, develop novel radiation-resilient materials for industry, enhance research capacity in the state to meet the needs of federal and industry sponsors, and grow the region’s reputation and prominence in nuclear science.
The Institute will increase the number of WSU graduate students who have the opportunity to work with PNNL staff and be mentored in a broader diversity of methods and techniques. WSU students can complete their coursework in Pullman and perform part of their research working towards their doctorate thesis using facilities at both PNNL and WSU.