Student opportunities

Train with leading faculty, academic staff, and industry experts. MSU’s engineering program is rated one of the top in the United States, and is one of the largest and oldest colleges on the campus. Get hands-on training on FRIB’s state-of-the-art systems. FRIB will have unprecedented capabilities to study the fundamental structure of matter. State-of-the-art 4.5- and 2-kelvin helium refrigeration systems support the superconducting accelerator, enabling world-class physics research. Several helium refrigeration systems support laboratory test facilities, including those dedicated to cryogenic engineering research and development.


Training in cryogenic engineering opens up career opportunities in various fields. Cryogenic engineering:

  • Exposes students to coupled fluid-dynamics and thermodynamics and to real fluid properties and material properties over a wide temperature range not typically encountered in industry;
  • Requires a clear understanding of engineering principles, with many opportunities for complex simulation and modeling, and creative problem-solving;
  • Involves complex and coupled thermal systems and mechanical designs.

This exposure and experience are assets in many potential engineering careers. Cryogenic engineering is an industry with high-paying job opportunities with a present need.


Graduate fellowships are available. Self-motivated, naturally curious, creative, practical, and analytical graduate students are attractive candidates for fellowships. Undergraduate thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, materials engineering, mechanical design, and computer programming are prerequisites. Advanced coursework in any or all of these areas is highly desirable.


  • U.S Department of Energy laboratories and user facilities (like FRIB)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • International laboratories
  • Large aerospace energy, and industrial corporations
  • Many cryogenic-specific companies