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Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society

The fields of interest of the NPSS include Nuclear Science and Engineering (including radiation detection and monitoring instrumentation, radiation effects, nuclear biomedical applications, particle accelerators, and instrumentation for nuclear power generation), and Plasma Science and Engineering (including plasma dynamics, thermonuclear fusion, plasma sources, relativistic electron beams, laser plasma interactions, diagnostics, and solid state plasmas). The NPSS sponsors more than seven conferences and four peer reviewed journals.

Six NPSS AdCom positions are open for nomination

The NPSS Administrative Committee (AdCom) consists of various members including elected members from our eight Technical Committees (TCs). Four TCs have open positions starting in 2021 for terms of four years and one has a two-year half-term to complete, for the AdCom Class of 2023.

CANPS : two positions to fill  (Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences, hosts Real Time Conference)

PAST: one position to fill (Particle Accelerator Science and Technology; hosts NA-PAC and IPAC in the Americas)

PPST: one position to fill (Pulsed Power Science and Technology; hosts Pulsed Power Conference)

RITC: one position to fill (Radiation Instrumentation Technical Committee; hosts Nuclear Science Symposium held together with Medical Imaging Conference)

FTC: one position to fill (two-year term completion. Eligible to run for full term in 2023) (Fusion Technology Committee; hosts Symposium on Fusion Engineering [SOFE])

If you are interested in one of these positions or want to nominate somebody, please contact our Nominations Chair, Ron Schrimpf. Candidates must be members in good standing of the NPSS and the IEEE. Each nomination must contain a statement of the willingness and ability of the nominee to serve if elected, the membership status and number of the nominee, a short biography, and a statement of topics that the candidate wishes to address as an AdCom member. Nominations must be sent to the Nominations Chair before June 1, 2021.

Learn about NPSS

The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) originated in 1949 as the Professional Group on Nuclear Science within the IRE. At about the same time, the AIEE formed two committees, one on nucleonics, the other on nucleonic and radiation instruments. In 1963, the IRE and AIEE merged to form the IEEE. This resulted in the creation of the Nuclear Science Group. In 1972, Plasma Science was added and the group was promoted to a society. The NPSS is composed of eight technical committees, and a Transnational Committee, with a common interest in advancing nuclear and plasma sciences.

NPSS Poster to download and print

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NPSS is ...

The IEEE Technical Society that covers the fields of Fusion Technology, Nuclear Medical and Imaging Sciences, Particle Accelerator Science and Technology, Pulsed Power Systems, Radiation Effects, Radiation Instrumentation, Plasma Sciences and Applications, Standards for Nuclear Instruments and Detectors, and Computer Applications in Nuclear and Plasma Sciences.

  • Organizes and supports many symposia, conferences and workshops each year.
  • Publishes four Transactions (one in collaboration with three other societies).
  • Publishes a Newsletter that reaches all members four times a year.
  • Presents awards each year to recognize major contributors to the field.
  • Provides access to publications through IEEE Xplore™ on-line.
  • Members save on conference registration.
  • Members keep in touch via the NPSS Newsletter (worth more than the dues by itself!).
  • Supports the growth of the profession.
  • Members can get involved in the affairs of NPSS and help direct and further promote our profession and make further valuable contacts.

Message From The President

I am very pleased to welcome you to the web site of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS). This web site contains information about our society, upcoming conferences, publications, awards, chapters and local activities, the distinguished lecturers program, and other information about the NPSS community. I also encourage you to follow our Facebook page, where we regularly publish news and announcements.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the success of our society by serving as a volunteer. Without your willingness to serve as a conference organizer or reviewer, for example, our society would not be able to function. If you are interested in participating in the activities of the NPSS, please contact me ( or any of the Technical Committee or Functional Chairs for information and advice. Participating in NPSS activities is a rewarding way to enrich your career and professional life. Please consider volunteering to review papers, help organize conferences, or get involved in other NPSS-related activities. This is also a great way to enhance your professional network!

If you are not yet an NPSS member, please consider joining us—there are many valuable benefits of membership. You can find information about joining the IEEE at IEEE Membership. We have special programs to help students, young professionals and Women in Engineering build their professional networks and leadership opportunities. As you progress in your career, you will also have the opportunity to be recognized for your accomplishments through our awards and through elevation to Senior Member or Fellow status.

Please visit our web site regularly to check for the most recent information. Also, please contact me if you have any questions about NPSS.


Steven Meikle, NPSS President


NPSS Fields of Interest

The fields of interest of the Society are the nuclear and plasma sciences. The Society shall devote itself to publication or other dissemination of original contributions to the theory, experiments, educational methods and applications of these fields, and to the development of standards. Areas of technical activity shall include but not be limited to the following:
Nuclear science and engineering, and plasma science and engineering, including computer applications in plasma and nuclear science, nuclear medical and imaging sciences, particle accelerator science and technology, pulsed power science and technology, radiation effects, and radiation instrumentation.

These fields of interest include instrumentation for research; detection and measurement of radiation; nuclear biomedical applications; radiation monitoring and safety equipment; particle accelerators; magnetofluid dynamics and thermionics; plasma dynamics; gaseous electronics and arc technology; controlled thermonuclear fusion; electron, ion, and plasma sources; space plasmas; high-current relativistic electron beams and accelerators; laser-plasma interactions; diagnostics; plasma chemistry and colloidal and solid state plasmas, z pinch drivers, nuclear instrumentation development for reactor systems; effects of radiation on materials, components, and systems; and applications of radiation and nuclear energy to other than utility power generation.

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History of NPSS

The first activity of record in this field was the formation of a Nuclear Studies Committee in the IRE in 1947, to determine the proper role of the IRE in this new technical field. Subsequently, in 1949 a petition was filed for the formation of a Professional Group on Nuclear Science, and it was approved on April 5, 1949, with L. R. Hafstad as Chairman. On April 29, an organizational meeting was held, the membership at that time consisting of 54, increasing to 970 by the end of the year.

The new organization became visible on a number of fronts in the early 50’s. In 1953, the PGNS formed an Atomic Energy Policy Committee, which fielded a strong effort to have the Atomic Energy Act of 1946 modified. These efforts came to fruition in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954. Early in the 50’s the PGNS became a co-sponsor of the Scintillation Counter Symposium, which has now merged into the Nuclear Science Symposium. Also in 1954 the first issue of the Transactions on Nuclear Science appeared. In 1956 the number of issues of the Transactions was increased from one a year to four.

At essentially the same time as the Professional Group on Nuclear Science was formed in the IRE, the AIEE formed a number of committees and subcommittees to work in this area, the most important being the Nucleonics Committee and Committee on Nucleonic and Radiation Instruments. With the merger of the IRE and AIEE on January 1, 1963, to form the IEEE, procedures were begun to merge the like-interest groups of the former societies. The IRE Professional Group on Nuclear Science merged with the AIEE Nucleonics Committee and the Committee on Nucleonic and Radiation Instruments on October 29, 1963, to become the Nuclear Science Group of the IEEE.

In 1972 two major events occurred for the Group. Midyear the scope was widened to include the plasma science field and in September the group was given Society status. The augmented group became the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. March of 1973 saw the debut of a second publication, the Transactions on Plasma Science. NPSS thus has the distinction of issuing two publications, in addition to a newsletter.

Over the years the Society has inaugurated or assumed responsibility for a number of conferences. Every year the Society sponsors conferences on Plasma Science, Radiation Effects, and Nuclear Science. Conferences on Particle Accelerators, Fusion Engineering, and Data Acquisition in Nuclear and Particle Physics are sponsored every other year. In addition, other conferences such as Symposium on Nuclear Power systems are co-sponsored by the Society.

Lou Costrell produced a record of the early history of the NPSS

Merry Keyser created a spreadsheet of the History of NSS

NPSS Nuclear Power Initiative

There is resurgence in interest in nuclear power throughout the world as a result of the exponentially growing demand for energy and the simultaneous concerns for production of green house gases from conventional fossil-fuel power plants. Global electricity needs are expected to double well before 2050 with the largest fraction of that new generation of power coming from coal. Nuclear power is a rapidly growing element in the global energy mix, with some projecting the number of nuclear plants in the world growing by as much as a factor three, to 1200 plants, by 2050.

The IEEE NPSS Nuclear Science Symposium (NSS) originated in the early 50’s and has been held annually since. The symposium concentrated on the detectors and electronics for high-energy and nuclear physics and is recognized as the premier meeting for leading developments in these fields.

The IEEE NPSS reintroduced the topic of nuclear power into the NSS program in 2008. Future NSS conferences will include sessions on Nuclear Power to cover this broad subject area. Participants working in the field of nuclear power will benefit from the scientific contributions presented in the other well-established NSS sessions on Nuclear Measurements and Monitoring Techniques, Neutron Instrumentation, Radiation Damage Effects, and Safety Instrumentation / Homeland Security, among others.

NSS sessions on Nuclear Power consider the inclusion of papers on the topics of:

  • The resurgence of nuclear power in the world
  • Next generation nuclear power systems
  • Instrumentation and control systems for nuclear power systems
  • Detector technology for nuclear power
  • Non-proliferation measurement systems
  • Modeling and simulation for nuclear energy
  • Plant life management and extension
  • Fusion in the Energy Context
  • ITER
  • Predictive simulation of fusion plasmas
  • Strategic Planning for a broader U.S. fusion program

Suggestions, comments, … should be sent to: Richard Kouzes


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The NPSS WebMaster is Richard Kouzes

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