Alexander Barzilov

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Expertise: Mechanical engineering, Nuclear engineering, Radiation applications, Remote radiation sensing


Alexander Barzilov leads the Nuclear Engineering Laboratory at UNLV where he mentors numerous graduate students in the areas of nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, and nuclear physics.

The lab is at the forefront of novel radiation detection technologies in an effort to support national security and environmental management of radioactive facilities. He's also an expert in gamma spectroscopy, remote sensing of radiation using aerial and ground robotic platforms, neutron detection, active and passive assay of radiological materials, and reactor physics.

In 2021, Barzilov launched the Nuclear Security Science and Technology Consortium, which is designing and building a sustainable pipeline of student talent between the Department of Energy’s sites and National Laboratories, and the minority-serving institutions that are part of the program. 


  • M.S., Obninsk Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering
  • Ph.D., Institute for Physics and Power Engineering

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Las Vegas Review Journal
UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive nearly $3 million in federal funding for a project focusing on the nuclear energy workforce.

Articles Featuring Alexander Barzilov

man in lab coat and goggles placing a tube into equipment
Campus News | May 22, 2023

Lab develops new radiation detection technology while building a pipeline for the next generation of nuclear engineers.

An illustration of a drone
Research | October 4, 2018

UNLV engineers developed a team of drones that detect radioactivity in areas where it’s unsafe or unfeasible for other trackers to go.