Nuclear Science and Engineering Center
The Nuclear Science and Engineering Center (NuSEC) supports faculty engaged in research related to Nuclear Science and Engineering at The Colorado School of Mines. NuSEC manages the research relationship, space, and experimental infrastructure used by Mines faculty and researchers at the US Geological Survey's TRIGA Mark I reactor facility at the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO (five miles from the Mines campus).
The reactor laboratory houses experimental systems for gamma spectroscopy, neutron activation analysis and neutron radiography. Colorado School of Mines laboratory space at the Denver Federal Center is home to electron and optical microscopy facilities for nuclear materials analysis, as well as wetlab space for chemical analysis. The TRIGA reactor is also used in conjunction with a graduate course in reactor operations that is taught by senior reactor operators.