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Physics & Nuclear Engineering

Physics & Nuclear Engineering


To educate and inspire cadets through physics, nuclear engineering, and space science course work and research, and to support the West Point Leader Development System so that each graduate is a leader of character prepared for a career of service to the Nation as an Officer in the US Army.

Summer Internships (AIADs)

Cadets work alongside world-class professionals gaining invaluable knowledge and insight into the facilities, methods, and procedures used to design, test and improve Army systems. These numerous opportunities are available around the country and internationally in support of their educational objectives. The Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering has many partners in government, academic, and industry that provide support for these opportunities.  We support an average of 45 cadets per year for AIAD travel to such locations as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, AFIT, German Bundeswehr Research Center, the Army Research Laboratory, NASA, and many others.  For more information about AIAD opportunities, contact Dr. Daniel Schultz, Supervisory Physicist: or 845-938-5009


Astronomy Club
The Astronomy Club observes astronomical phenomena and studies celestial objects through modern techniques and with newly developed technology.  The jewel of the club is the automated 8” Meade LX200 Schmidt-Casegrain telescope.  Many solar system planets as well as stars and galaxies are observed in the Cadet Observatory, located on the roof of Bartlett Hall.
To learn more, contact Dr. Paula Fekete: paula.fekete@westpoint.edu845-938-6468 
OR LTC Will Koch: | 845-938-4291

Nuclear Engineering Club
The West Point student chapter of American Nuclear Society is an organization where cadets are encouraged to discuss and engage in activities that promote understanding of nuclear science and its applications.  Activities include discussions, site visits to facilities that utilize nuclear technology, and presentations from academia and industry.  While the West Point ANS is focused on physics and nuclear engineering, the nuclear science field is highly interdisciplinary, so the club is open to cadets of all majors.  Every year, highly deserving cadets are selected for membership in the American Nuclear Society’s Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society.
To learn more, contact MAJ Annie Arauz: annie.arauz@westpoint.edu832-607-9176

Society of Physics Students
The West Point chapter of the National Society of Physics Students is a national professional physics association explicitly designed for students. Membership is open to anyone interested in physics. Members have taken trip sections to Boston, NYC, and Washington D.C. to museums, planetariums and laboratories. Every year, several highly deserving cadets are selected for membership in Sigma Pi Sigma, the National Honor Society within the Society of Physics Students.
To learn more, contact Dr. Michael Pfenning: michael.pfenning@westpoint.edu845-938-0208

Space Engineering and Applied Research (SPEAR)
SPEAR has evolved from a cadet initiated effort to launch a rocket with a consortium of like-minded college students with Operation Space into a development pipeline for cadets across USMA to want to become Space Professionals in the Army and DoD.
To learn more, contact MAJ (Air Force) Chalie Galliand: | 845-938-2650

Contact Us


UPS/ FEDEX Mailing address:

Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering
Bartlett Hall Science Center, Building 753
West Point, New York 10996-1790

Administrative Officer
Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering
Phone: (845) 938-3106