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Marija Pavlovic BIO

MarijaPavlovicMarija received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2011 from the University of Belgrade. She is currently working towards a dual Master's Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology through the University of Belgrade. Marija is conducting research on DNA damage resulting from ionizing radiation in the Costes Lab through the Nuclear Department of UC

Nick Brickner

Nick BricknerNick Brickner graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering. His research interests are in radiation detection, applied nuclear physics, and radiation biophysics. His current work includes computational and dosimetric analysis in support of research on the effects of ionizing radiation at the Berkeley West Biocenter. In addition, he provides experimental support in neutron beam and detector development at the 88-Inch Cyclotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Brickner's future goals include earning a Ph.D in Nuclear Engineering or Health Physics and continuing outreach efforts to educate the public about nuclear energy and its benefits to society.

Dr. Tetsushi Hino


Dr. Tetsushi Hino

Visiting Industrial Fellow

Dr. Tetsushi Hino, will spend 6 months at the Berkeley Nuclear Research Center working with the NE's Reactor Physics/Neutroncs group. He will work on further development of the Advanced Correlated Sampling (ACS) Method, which could speed up Monte Carlo calculations by "sharing neutron paths" that will be used in Hitachi's multi-group MC code, VMONT. 

Dr. Tetsushi Hino is a Senior Researcher at the Nuclear Energy Systems Project within the Energy and Environmental Systems Laboratory of Hitachi, Ltd. Dr. Hino's major research areas include: Advanced BWR fuel bundle and reactor core designs; and Development of method based on Monte Carlo calculation for precise evaluation of neutronic characteristics of heterogeneous fuel and core systems; initial core with multiple enrichment fuel bundles, partially loaded mixed oxide fuels, and advanced fuel bundle with heterogeneous rod and/or water rod layouts.

He worked on preparing a multi energy group neutron cross section library for HITACHI’s transport analysis code with NJOY, reactor core and fuel neutronic designs for high power density medium sized ABWRs (ABWR-600, ABWR-900), reactor core and fuel neutronic design for simplified small sized modular BWR (DMS), neutronic design and criticality analysis of the spent fuel transport cask, neutronic design of the advanced BWR fuel applying spectral shift rod (SSR) and evaluation of ABWR core characteristics with SSR*, and the development of advanced BWR core analysis method with the three-dimensional direct response matrix method.

Dr. Hino received his Ph.D. in Physics from TOHOKU University, Sendai, Japan, in March 1999, on Spectroscopic analysis of mesons with exotic quantum numbers.
*Works concerning about the SSR were carried out as a Senior Engineer of Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.

Yasmina Rharade


- French Classes Préparatoires, Lycée Montaigne, Bordeaux, France (2008-2010)

- Grenoble Institute of Technology – Phelma engineering school, Grenoble, France: Master of engineering with major in Nuclear Science expected in 2013

Research work:

Yasmina Rharade is doing research at BNRC with Bethany Goldblum for the summer; she performs data analysis in fundamental nuclear physics for energy applications, in collaboration with researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Ms Rharade is helping in the design of an “event generator” for the Nuclear Activation Diagnostic Suite at the National Ignition Facility. This generator will help in the interpretation of existing NIF data used to infer the areal density of fuel in compressed capsules. This will help evaluating NIF’s performance on its experimental path to achieve ignition.

Romain Vial-BIO

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Romain Vial received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France, in 2008. He is currently enrolled there in a Dual-Master’s Program in Nuclear Engineering and Physics for Energy. In Summer 2010, he serves as a Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Nuclear Research Center. His work focuses on an investigation of the extension of application of the Surrogate Method to include the indirect determination of neutron capture cross sections on spherical nuclei. This work supports advanced fuel cycle concepts by extending the nuclear database for advanced reactor design calculations.