Nuclear engineering researcher with AI expertise to join Missouri S&T faculty

Posted by
On June 17, 2024

A researcher with expertise in applying artificial intelligence to the world of nuclear engineering will join the Missouri S&T faculty as an associate professor beginning this fall.

Dr. Shradha Agarwal. Photo courtesy of Agarwal.

“Missouri S&T will be a natural fit for me as I continue to use machine learning as a tool to characterize radiation defects in nuclear materials and how this affects their physical and mechanical properties,” says Dr. Shradha Agarwal. “The university has excellent nuclear engineering programs and strong AI initiatives, and I am excited to further integrate these fields.”

Agarwal’s home department at S&T will be nuclear engineering and radiation science, and she will also have a joint appointment with computer science.

Since 2017, Agarwal has been employed by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She began as a postdoctoral researcher studying materials for extreme environments and was promoted to a research scientist role in nuclear engineering in 2019.

She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses related to nuclear materials and the application of AI in characterizing material defects.

Prior to Knoxville, Agarwal worked for two years as a staff scientist for Tata Steel in England, where she focused on electron microscopy and industrial metallurgy research projects.

Agarwal earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Paris-Sud in France in 2014 through the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. In her doctoral program, she studied the interaction of energetic helium ions with matter.

She also earned a master’s degree in nuclear energy in France and completed a master’s degree in technology with a specialization in nuclear science and a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Delhi in India.

Agarwal also leads AI and machine learning research efforts for a cybersecurity startup company.

For more information about Missouri S&T’s nuclear engineering and radiation sciences programs, visit

About Missouri S&T

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students located in Rolla, Missouri. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, Missouri S&T offers over 100 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top public universities for salary impact, according to the Wall Street Journal. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

Share this page

Posted by

On June 17, 2024.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *