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Ning_Li

Dr. Ning Li is a distinguished professor and Dean of School of Energy Research, Xiamen University, China, and Associate Director for International Cooperation, Berkeley Nuclear Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He is also the Director of Asia Development for TerraPower, a US company founded by Bill Gates to develop innovative nuclear energy technologies. He was formerly the Industrial Fellow for Civilian Nuclear Programs, a project leader and a technical staff member of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the deputy coordinator of the US DOE GNEP/AFCI US-China civilian nuclear energy cooperation.

Dr. Li has extensive R&D experiences in broad areas of nuclear energy technologies, is an international leader in heavy liquid metal nuclear coolant R&D, and a planner, leader and participant in a number of US DOE civilian nuclear energy and waste transmutation programs.

Dr. Li maintains extensive academic and international collaborations, publishes widely in leading scientific journals, and has leadership roles in technical and professional organizations. He has been a research affiliate in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an adjunct professor and the International Programs Coordinator for the Transmutation Research Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and an executive committee member of the Materials Science and Technology Division and Accelerator Applications Division of the American Nuclear Society. He has been on the technical committees, advisory boards and review panels of numerous conferences, symposia and proposal reviews, and consulted for R&D organizations, universities and companies in the US, China and other countries. Dr. Li is a recipient of the 2006 Asian American Engineer of the Year Award.

Dr. Li holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.S. in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China.

Robert Budnitz

BudnitzBiographical Summary

Dr. Robert J. Budnitz has been involved with nuclear-reactor safety and radioactive-waste safety for many years.  He is on the scientific staff at the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he works on nuclear power safety and security and radioactive-waste management.  From 2002 to 2007 he was at UC’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, during which period he worked on a two-year special assignment (late 2002 to late 2004) in Washington to assist the Director of DOE's Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management to develop a new Science & Technology Program.  Prior to joining LLNL in 2002, he ran a one-person consulting practice in Berkeley CA for over two decades.  In 1978-1980, he was a senior officer on the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, serving as Deputy Director and then Director of the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.  In this two-year period, Dr. Budnitz was responsible for formulating and guiding the large NRC research program, that constituted over $200 million/year at that time.  His responsibilities included assuring that all major areas of reactor-safety research, waste-management research, and fuel-cycle-safety research necessary to serve the mission of NRC were adequately supported.  From 1967-1978, he was on the staff of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, serving in 1975-1978 as Associate Director of LBL and Head of LBNL's Energy & Environment Division.  During this period, the programs under his direction were in a large mix of diverse areas relevant to DOE, including energy-efficiency, deep-geologic radioactive waste disposal, solar energy, geothermal energy, fusion energy, transportation technology, chemical-engineering for alternate fuels, environmental instrumentation, air-pollution phenomena, and energy policy analysis.  He earned a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Harvard in 1968.

Education

  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, B.A.  Physics (1961)
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, M.A.  Physics (1962), Ph.D. Physics (1968)

Professional Experience

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California
    • Staff Scientist, Earth Sciences Division
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of California, Livermore, California
    • December 2004 to September 2007 (in Livermore):
      • Leader, Nuclear & Risk Science Group, Energy & Environment Directorate
      • Associate Program Leader for Nuclear Systems Safety and Security, E&E Directorate
    • October 2002 to November 2004 (at the US Department of Energy, in Washington DC):
      • Responsible for the Science & Technology Program, DOE Yucca Mountain Project
  • Future Resources Associates, Inc., Berkeley, California
    • 1981 - 2002 President
  • Teknekron, Inc., Berkeley, California
    • 1980 - 1981 Vice President, and Director of the Energy and Environmental Technologies Division
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.
    • 1979 - 1980 Director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
    • 1978 - 1979 Deputy Director, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
  • Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, California
    • 1978 - 1980 Leave of Absence Status
    • 1975 - 1978 Associate Director of LBL, and Head, Energy & Environment Division
    • 1974 - 1975 Program Leader, LBL Environmental Research Program
    • 1971 - 1974 Physicist, LBL Environmental Research Program
    • 1967 - 1971 Post-Doctoral Physicist, LBL High-Energy Physics Program

Honors and Awards

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected Fellow, 2007)
  • American Nuclear Society, Standards Service Award (2006)
  • American Nuclear Society, Theos J. Thompson Award for Reactor Safety (2005)
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences, National Associate (selected 2002)
  • Society for Risk Analysis, "Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award for 2001"
  • American Nuclear Society (elected Fellow, 1998)
  • Society for Risk Analysis (elected Fellow, 1996)
  • American Physical Society (elected Fellow, 1988)
  • American Nuclear Society, Nuclear Reactor Safety Division, "Best Paper Award" (1988)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Physics (1961 - 1963)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University (1961)
  • Sigma Xi, Yale University (1961)
  • Student Marshall, Yale Baccalaureate Procession (1961)
  • Varsity Letter, Track Team, Yale University (1961):
    • track team won national indoor championship,
    • Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association of America

Memberships

  • American Nuclear Society (fellow)
  • American Physical Society (fellow)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow)
  • Society for Risk Analysis (fellow)
  • Government Employment Status
  • Senior Executive Service, Charter Member (1979), (inactive since leaving the US NRC in 1980)

Professional Activities

(Current)

  • Member, State of California's Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, appointed by the California Attorney General (2007 - present)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Committee on the Internationalization of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (2006 - present)
  • Member, Nuclear Energy Study Group of the American Physical Society's Panel on Public Affairs (2004 - present)
  • Member (Chairman 1998 - 2003), Writing Group on the External-Hazards-PRA-Methodology Standard, Risk Informed Standards Consensus Committee, American Nuclear Society (1998 - present)
  • Member (Chairman 1998 – 2002), Writing Group on the Low-Power-and-Shutdown-PRA-Methodology Standard, Risk Informed Standards Consensus Committee, American Nuclear Society (1998 - present)
  • Member, Program Committee, American Nuclear Society's Nuclear Installations Safety Division (1999 - present)
  • Member, Executive Committee, American Nuclear Society's Nuclear Installations Safety Division (3-year term starting June 2007, elected)
  • Member, Risk Informed Standards Consensus Committee, American Nuclear Society (1998 - present)
  • Member, Committee on Nuclear Risk Management, Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1998 - present)
  • U.S. Representative, Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee of Lithuania, reporting to the Prime Minister of Lithuania (1997 - present)
  • U.S. Representative, President of Armenia's Nuclear Energy Safety Council (1996 - present)

(Past)

  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Board on Radioactive Waste Management (1998 - 2002)
  • Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the University of Chicago, overseeing Argonne National Laboratory (1997 - 2003)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Reliability Engineering and System Safety (1999 - 2004)
  • Member, Regulatory Working Group under the US-Russian Joint Steering Committee on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the Management of Plutonium (2000 - 2004)
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Radioactive Materials Management Forum (1988 - 2002)
  • Member, Independent Review Committee for the Research Reactors Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1987 - 2002)
  • Chairman, Yucca Mountain Project, Peer Review Panel for Igneous Consequences, Bechtel SAIC Company (2002)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Panel on Nuclear and Radiological Issues under the Committee on Science & Technology for Countering Terrorism (2002)
  • Chairman, Specialist Meeting on Dynamic Impact and Fire Modeling in Nuclear Installations, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, Paris (2002)
  • Member, Quantitative Risk Assessment Expert Panel for Anniston, Umatilla, and Pine Bluff, U.S. Army Program Manager for Chemical Demilitarization (1999 - 2002)
  • Member, Yucca Mountain Project, Postclosure Strategy Panel, Bechtel SAIC Company (2001 - 2002)
  • Technical Integrator, Expert Panel on Fire-Induced Inadvertent Actuation, Electric Power Research Institute (2001 - 2002)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Alternatives for the Control of Solid Materials from NRC-Licensed Facilities (2000 - 2002)
  • Member, Project Team on Risk Management for Nuclear Facility Applications, Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1998 - 2001)
  • Invited Expert, ARPANSA Public Forum on the Construction License Application for a Replacement Research Reactor, sponsored by  the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), Sydney (2001
  • Member, Secretary of Energy's Panel on Emerging Technological Alternatives to Incineration, under the DOE Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (2000 - 2001)
  • Member, Expert Panel on the Role and Direction of Nuclear Regulatory Research, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (2000 - 2001)
  • Member, Performance Assessment Peer Review Panel, DOE Yucca Mountain Project Office (1997 - 1999)
  • Rapporteur, Group of Senior Experts to Review the Russian Nuclear Power Plant Safety Research Strategic Plan, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (1998 - 1999)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Nuclear Installations Safety Division, American Nuclear Society (1996 - 1999) [Chairman (elected), 1997-98]
  • Member, Senior Technical Review Panel, Continued Storage Analysis Project, Yucca Mountain Project (1998 - 1999)
  • Member, Special Committee on Social Issues and Human Values [formerly Special Committee on Socio-Technological Issues], American Nuclear Society (1988 - 1998)
  • Member, Organizing Committee, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Tokyo Workshop on Seismic Risk, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (1999)
  • U.S. Representative, Ignalina Safety Panel to Advise the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the Ignalina (Lithuania) Nuclear-Power-Plant Safety Analysis Report (1994 - 1998)
  • Chairman, Technical Review Team for DOE Natural Phenomena Hazards Existing Facilities Project, U.S. Department of Energy (1992 - 1998)
  • Consultant, to Division of Nuclear Safety, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, on subject of Seismic and Fire PRA (1992 - 1997)
  • Chairman, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Remediation of Buried and Tank Wastes, under the Board on Radioactive Waste Management (1992 - 1996)
  • Member, Government of Austria, International Expert Team to Review Mochovce Nuclear Power Plant Safety (1998)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pacific Environment and Resources Center [formerly Golden Gate Energy Center], Ft. Cronkhite, California (1985 - 1998)
  • Member, Visiting Committee for the Department of Advanced Technology, Brookhaven National Laboratory (1996 - 1997)
  • Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology, Advisory Committee on WIPP, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (1993 - 1998)
  • Chairman (1991 and 1995) and Member (1988 - 1997), University of Chicago Review Committee for the Engineering Development Division [formerly Engineering Physics Division], Argonne National Laboratory (1988 - 1997)
  • U.S. Representative, Safety Review Group for the Nuclear Safety Account for Upgrading Soviet-Designed Reactors, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (1993 - 1997)
  • Chairman, Oversight Panel, Yucca Mountain Seismic Hazards Evaluation, U.S. Department of Energy (1995 - 1996)
  • Member, Expert Panel on Risk Assessment, U.S. Army Chemical Demilitarization and Remediation Activity, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland (1994 - 1997)
  • Member, Performance Assessment Peer Review Panel, DOE Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, Sandia National Laboratories (1987 - 1996)
  • Member, Expert Panel on Aircraft Crash Risk Analysis Methodology, U.S. Department of Energy (1994 - 1996)
  • Chairman, Senior Seismic Advisory Panel for the Savannah River Site, Westinghouse Savannah River Company (1994 - 1995)
  • Chairman, Senior Seismic Hazard Analysis Committee, co-sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Electric Power Research Institute (1993 - 1996)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Panel on Options for Disposition of Weapons-Related Plutonium, under Committee on International Security and Arms Control (1992 - 1995)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Technical Bases for Yucca Mountain Standards (1993 - 1995)
  • Member, Review Team for the U.S. Department of Energy's Natural-Phenomena-Hazards-Mitigation Order and Standards (1994 - 1995)
  • Chairman, Peer Review Panel for the Rocky Flats Site Seismic Hazard Assessment (1994)
  • Member, Advisory Group on Treatment of Hazards in Probabilistic Safety Assessment, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (1986 - 1992)
  • U.S. Coordinator, Case Studies Preparation Task for "Manual for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Its Application in Safety Decisions", International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (1984 - 1992)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Energy and Technology Management Corporation (a spin-off of Science Applications International Corporation) (1992 - 1993)
  • Chairman, Seismic Consolidated Peer Review Group, Savannah River Site, U.S. Department of Energy (1990)
  • Chairman, Senior External Events Review Group, Office of New Production Reactor, U.S. Department of Energy (1989 - 1992)
  • Member, High-Level Review Committee, Savannah River Site Probabilistic Risk Assessment, U.S. Department of Energy (1989 - 1990)
  • Member, Peer Review Group for the Hope Creek Risk Assessment, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (1989 - 1990)
  • Member, Severe Accident Advisory Committee, Savannah River Laboratory (1988 - 1992)
  • Principal Speaker, Commonwealth Club of California, Weekly Nationally Broadcast Address (1989)
  • Chairman, External Review Board for ATR (Advanced Test Reactor) Safety Analysis Program, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory/EG&G-Idaho (1989)
  • Member, N Reactor PRA Independent Review Board, Westinghouse Hanford Company (1988 - 1990)
  • Member, Executive Committee, Northern California Section, American Nuclear Society (1988 - 1989)
  • Member, Review Group on Nuclear Reactor Research Integration, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory/EG&G-Idaho (1987 - 1989)
  • Chairman, Advanced Reactor Peer Review Group, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1987 - 1988)
  • Member, Advisory Panel on Seismic Component Fragilities, Brookhaven National Laboratory (1986 - 1990)
  • Chairman, Expert Panel on Seismic Design Margins, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1984 - 1987)
  • Chairman, Peer Review Expert Panel on Plant Aging, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory for U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1987)
  • Member, New Production Reactor Panel of the DOE Energy Research Advisory Board, U.S. Department of Energy (1988)
  • Member, Expert Panel on Front-End Issues, NUREG-1150 Analysis Team, Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1987 - 1988)
  • Member, U.S. Army Chemical Munitions Disposal Risk Assessment Review Panel,
  • GA Technologies, Inc. (1987)
  • Member, Panel on Energetic Events, Review Group on Uncertainties in Source Term Estimates from Severe Accidents in Nuclear Power Plants, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1987)
  • Chairman, Panel to Review EPRI's Seismic Margin Methodology, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1987) Chairman, Peer Review Group, Maine Yankee Seismic Margin Study, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1986 - 1987)
  • Chairman, Seabrook Emergency Planning Zone Study Peer Review Group, New Hampshire Yankee Division, Public Service Company of New Hampshire (1985 - 86)
  • Member, Chernobyl Advisory Panel, Electric Power Research Institute (1986 - 1987)
  • Member, Improved Confinement Review Panel, Savannah River Laboratory, E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc. (1986 - 1987)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Northern California Chapter, Society of Risk Analysis (1986 - 1987)
  • Member, Senior Committee on Environmental, Safety, and Economic Aspects of Fusion Energy, U.S. Department of Energy (1985 - 1987)
  • Liaison from Energy Engineering Board to Committee on Nuclear Safety Research, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (1985 - 1986)
  • Member, Exploratory Committee on the Future of Nuclear Power Generation, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (1984)
  • Organizer, First Seminar on Excellence in Energy Management, Association of Professional Energy Managers, San Francisco (1984)
  • Consultant on Comparative Risks in the Nuclear Fuel Cycle, to the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (1984)
  • Member, Independent Review Panel for Environmental Assessments, Roy F. Weston Inc., for the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, U.S. Department of Energy (1984)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Energy Engineering Board (1983 - 1986)
  • Chairman, Peer Review Group, DOE Office of Crystalline Repository Development, Battelle Project Management Division (1983 - 1986)
  • Consultant, Study Group on Radionuclide Releases from Severe Nuclear Power Plant Accidents, American Physical Society (1983 - 1985)
  • Member, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, Subcommittee on High-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal (1983 - 1984)
  • Member and OECD/NEA Liaison Representative, Programme Group, Second Specialist Meeting on Probabilistic Methods in Seismic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plants, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (1983)
  • Member, Three Mile Island Mass Balance Project Review Committee, NUS Corporation, for U.S. Department of Energy (1982 - 1983)
  • Invited Participant, Workshop on Technological and Regulatory Changes in Nuclear Power, U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment (1982)
  • Member, Advisory Committee to Review the Agency's Nuclear Safety Activities, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna (1982)
  • Member, Peer Review Committee to Review the International Atomic Energy Agency's Transportation Dose Model INTERTRAN, sponsored by U.S. Department of Energy (1981 - 1982)
  • Technical Coordinator, Special Inquiry Group into the Three Mile Island Accident (the "Rogovin Inquiry"), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1979 - 1980)
  • U.S. Representative, Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations, Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (1979 - 1980)
  • Member, Panel on Public Affairs, American Physical Society (1978 - 1981)
  • Speaker, ENERGY-2020 Lecture Series, sponsored by National Science Foundation (1978)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Group, "Electric Power Systems Research", journal published by Elsevier (1977 - 1985)
  • Member, Risk Assessment Review Group (the "Lewis Committee"), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1977 - 1979)
  • Editor-in-Chief, "CRC Forums on Energy", CRC Press, West Palm Beach, Florida (1976 - 1980)
  • Member, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Panel on Sources and Control Techniques, Environmental Research Assessment Committee (1975 - 1977)
  • Co-organizer (with T.H. Pigford), University of California Extension Courses on "Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation", week-long course given in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
  • Member, Reactor Hazards Committee, Berkeley Research Reactor, University of California, Berkeley (1974 - 1978)
  • Member, Subpanel on Energy, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (1974)
  • Member, Reactor Safety Study Group, American Physical Society (1974 - 1975)

David McCallen

McCallenDr. David McCallen

Co-Director, Berkeley Nuclear Research Center

 

 

 

David McCallen is  serving as the co-director of the UC Berkeley Nuclear Research Center, a newly funded center that serves as a focal point to coordinate education and research activities between the UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering and three DOE national laboratories, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and Berkeley Lab.

From September 8, 2009, Dr. David McCallen returned to LLNL and had accepted the position of Deputy Principal Associate Director (DPAD) for National Security, within the Global Security (GS) Principal Directorate. Dr. McCallen is responsible for providing expert technical and leadership guidance to the National Security Office (NSO) staff and for fostering the development and establishment of relationships, and coordination of efforts at other Department of Energy (DOE) Laboratories in the broad national security arena.  As the NS DPAD, he provides technical and scientific leadership and expertise in the areas of Arms Control, Treaty Verification, and Nonproliferation and is responsible for the coordination and implementation of LLNL position papers and responses to the DOE and other government agencies, senior officials and members of the scientific and policy community for the Laboratory Director.  Dr. McCallen is also serving as a member of the GS management team.

Originally from Truckee, McCallen is a native of Northern California. He earned a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California, Davis, and spent the last 20 years at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. In his spare time, McCallen enjoys hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Sara Scott

Sara_ScottAs division leader of Los Alamos' Nuclear Nonproliferation Division, Scott is actively engaged with nuclear national security initiatives and has been involved in numerous counterterrorism, homeland security and nonproliferation efforts, including nuclear material safeguards, countering nuclear smuggling and identification of unconventional nuclear threats. Scott received her doctorate from Iowa State University. She was a National Science Foundation - NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Plank Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany.

Scott was previously the associate center director for radiological and nuclear threats at Los Alamos' Center for Homeland Security, the program manager for arms control and nonproliferation at Los Alamos, and the group leader for Inorganic Trace Analysis.Scott has worked on Russian programs, including serving as the multi-laboratory project leader for the Mining and Chemical Combine (Krasnoyarsk-26) Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration Materials Protection and Control Project, and as the Los Alamos project leader for the DOE/NNSA Second Line of Defense program. Scott has contributed to Chemistry Division at Los Alamos in the areas of low-dimensional material synthesis and characterization, analytical chemistry of nuclear materials and development of new technologies for nuclear threat reduction.

Jasmina Vujic

Vujic

Prof. Jasmina Vujic

Co-Director, BNRC

Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department, UC Berkeley


  • Education

    B.Sc. - Electrical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Belgrade, 1977
    M.Sc. - Engineering Physics, University of Belgrade, 1984
    M.Sc. - Nuclear Science, University of Michigan, 1987
    Ph.D. - Nuclear Science, University of Michigan, 1990

  • Field of specialization and areas of interest

    Numerical methods in reactor physics, neutron and photon transport, reactor core design and analysis, shielding and radiation protection, biomedical application of radiation, optimization techniques for vector and parallel computers

    Forefront 1994 Research Highlights: Neutron Particles Under Scrutiny. This article by Nancy Bronstein in Forefront 1994 gives an overview of Prof. Vujic's work on the development of GTRAN2, a state-of-the-art reactor core modelling code.

    Pro New Nuke: In April, Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore, standing before members of the U.S. Congress, stated that "nuclear energy is the only non-greenhouse-gas-emitting power source that can effectively replace fossil fuels and satisfy global demand." In last month's issue of Technology Review, 1960s icon Stewart Brand, creator of the Whole Earth Catalog, wrote that "the only technology ready to fill the gap and stop the carbon dioxide loading of the atmosphere is nuclear power." Many environmentalists are none-too-thrilled at these public comments from their allies, current or former. On the other hand, UC Berkeley professor Jasmina Vujic is thrilled. According to her research, Moore and Brand are absolutely right.

  • Teaching and Research

    Professor Vujic teaches undergraduate courses in introduction to nuclear engineering, introduction to nuclear reactor theory, and radiation protection and control, as well as graduate courses in nuclear reactor theory, and numerical methods in reactor design and analysis. Her research interests include development of advanced numerical methods for the neutronic analysis of nuclear reactors, radiation shielding, and medical applications of radiation; neutron and photon transport theory; reactor core design and analysis; optimization techniques for vector and parallel computing systems. Recently, she and Prof. Prussin developed a new Bionuclear and Radiological Physics option within the Engineering Science/ Bioengineering Program.

  • Specific ongoing research projects include the following

    Neutronics Analysis of Fissile Material Behavior in Geologic Repositories

    Computer Modeling for Radiation Diagnostic and Cancer Therapy

    Development of Multiprocessor Multiassembly Neutron Transport Theory Code

    Development and Validation of the GT-SCALE Code Package for
    Advanced Rector Core Designs

    Development of a Unified Multidimensional Computational Method for Neutral Particle in Complex Non-Uniform Domains

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