Engineering a military career

February 2, 2012

Bryce Randall '12, a mechanical engineering major at Bradley University, is one of only 15 students nationwide to be accepted into the U.S. Navy's Naval Reactors Engineer program.

Randall was accepted into the program following a rigorous application process that culminated with a round of technical interviews with senior engineers at the Naval Reactors headquarters in Washington, D.C., and a final one-on-one interview with Admiral Kirkland Donald, the director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion.

“I feel honored and excited to be accepted for the program,” Randall said. “It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to use my education to serve my country in an atmosphere like none other. This is an environment where your work matters.”

Following his graduation from Bradley in May, Randall will start his naval career at Officer Development School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion of that training, he will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He then will be assigned to a five-year position at Naval Reactors headquarters in Washington, D.C., approving, confirming, and planning the design, operations, and maintenance of more than 100 nuclear reactors. He will receive graduate level education in nuclear engineering at the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

There are four programs within the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program - submarine warfare, surface warfare, nuclear power school instructor and naval reactors engineer. Approximately 250 students from top universities, such as MIT, Stanford, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and the University of Illinois are accepted into one of the four programs each year.