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Faculty and Research

The Nuclear Engineering Department faculty consists of sixteen tenured (or tenure track) faculty members, two emeritus half-time faculty, five full-time research faculty members, three joint faculty (with ORNL and Y-12), twenty-six adjunct faculty members and three emeritus members. Five of the UT tenured faculty hold joint appointments with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and three of those are Governor’s Chairs, the highest faculty level attainable at UT. The faculty are listed below, along with their research interests..

Tenure/Tenure-Track Faculty

Dr. J Wesley Hines
J Wesley Hines

Postelle Professor, Department Head
Ph.D., Ohio State University; MBA Ohio State University
Diagnostics and surveillance, artificial intelligence methods, expert systems and neural networks.

Jamie B. Coble
Jamie B. Coble

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Process monitoring, equipment condition assessment, fault detection, diagnostics, and prognostics.

Dr. David Donovan

David Donovan

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fusion energy, plasma physics, plasma-materials interactions, and near term application of nuclear fusion devices

Dr. Jason P. Hayward
Jason P. Hayward

UCOR Fellow, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Radiation instrumentation, especially for nonproliferation technologies and imaging.

Dr. Lawrence H. Heilbronn
Lawrence H. Heilbronn

Associate Professor, Associate Head
Ph.D., Michigan State University
High-energy neutron production from heavy-ion interactions.

Maik K. Lang
Maik K. Lang

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Heidelberg, Germany
Radiation damage and high-pressure studies, materials science.

Eric D. Lukosi
Eric D. Lukosi

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Missouri, Columbia
Neutron detection and spectrometry, dosimetry, nuclear batteries, applied plasma physics, nuclear physics and cross section evaluations.

Dr. G. Ivan Maldonado
G. Ivan Maldonado

Associate Professor
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
In-core fuel management, fuel cycle analysis, advanced reactors.

Dr. Laurence F. Miller
Laurence F. Miller

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., Texas A&M University. P.E.
Particle and radiation transport, diagnostics and surveillance, waste management, health physics, modeling and simulation, instrumentation and control.

Dr. Ronald E. Pevey
Ronald E. Pevey

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, P.E., MBA Emory University
Reactor physics, thermal hydraulics, computer methods development, shielding, nuclear criticality safety.

Dr. Arthur E. Ruggles
Arthur E. Ruggles

Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Reactor thermalhydraulics, liquid metal flow and heat transfer, cavitation and fluid transients, accelerator target design and microchannel flow.
Research Overview

Dr. Steven E. Skutnik
Steven E. Skutnik

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Nuclear security applications, including proliferation detection and counter-proliferation; advanced nuclear fuel cycles and waste management; modeling and simulation.

Dr. Lawrence W. Townsend
Lawrence W. Townsend

Chancellor's Professor; Robert M. Condra Professor
Ph.D., University of Idaho
Radiation physics, transport, shielding and risk assessment; Nuclear and Radiological engineering; Theoretical nuclear physics.

Dr. Belle R. Upadhyaya
Belle R. Upadhyaya

Professor Emeritus
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, P.E.
Dynamics, instrumentation and control, monitoring and diagnostics, advanced signal processing, next generation reactors, autonomous control of space reactors, nondestructive examination, reliability and maintainability engineering.

Dr. Richard Wood
Richard Wood

Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Nuclear instrumentation and control, reactor safety and licensing.

Governor's Chair Professors

Dr. Howard Hall
Howard L. Hall

Governor's Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Nuclear security applications, including proliferation detection, counterproliferation, detection of and response to radiological/nuclear threats, nuclear forensics, radiochemistry, and applications of nuclear-based methods to other security needs (such as explosives detection).

Dr. Brian D. Wirth
Brian D. Wirth

Governor's Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Computational modeling and measurements of radiation effects in materials, molecular dynamics simulation, nano-materials.

Dr. Steven Zinkle
Steven Zinkle

Governor's Chair Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Physical metallurgy of structural materials; the effects of ion and neutron irradiation on the microstructure, physical properties, and mechanical properties of metals and ceramics; transmission electron microscopy; and fusion and space fission reactor materials studies.


Full-time Research Faculty

John Auxier
John Auxier, II

Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Advanced radionuclide separations; nuclear forensics for post-detonation analysis; advanced imaging techniques and methodologies for pre-detonation forensic samples.

Ondrej Chvala
Ondrej Chvala

Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
High performance computing applications to nuclear engineering, reactor core physics, and molten salt based nuclear systems.

Dr.Charles L. Melcher
Charles L. Melcher

Research Professor
Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis
Scintillation materials and radiation sensors for nuclear security and medicine.

Dr. Joseph Stainback
Joseph Stainback, IV

Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Security topics including policy; law, and diplomacy; education and training; science and technology; operational and intelligence capabilities; and real world missions.

Dr. Donghua Xu
Donghua Xu

Research Assistant Professor
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Nuclear structural materials; radiation damage in materials; amorphous and nano-crystalline metals/alloys.

Dr. Xiaodong Zhang
Xiaodong Zhang

Research Associate Professor
Ph.D., Lanzhou University, China
Radiation instrumentation, especially for nonproliferation technologies and imaging.

Part-Time Research Faculty

Ray S. Booth, Research Professor, Ph.D., Florida
Research interests: liquid metal reactors, research reactors, environmental impacts, neutron wave probagation

Mario Fontana, Research Professor, Ph.D., Purdue, P.E.
Research interests: Power reactor safety (including response to potential terrorist attack, and advanced reactor systems

Barry D. Ganapol, Research Professor, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research interests: Deterministic and analytical transport theory.

Andrei Gribok, Research Associate Professor, Ph.D., Moscow Institute of Biological Physics
Research interests: Artificial intelligence techniques, surveillance and diagnosis, inverse and ill-posed problems, regularization theory

Martin L. Grossbeck, Research Professor, Ph.D., Illinois
Research interests: radiation effects in materials, burnable absorbers, research reactors, and ultra-high vacuum technology

Richard A. Lillie, Research Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research interests: radiation transport methods development and nuclear system shielding

John T. Mihalczo, Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research interests: radiation measurements for nuclear safeguards and nuclear criticality safety, reactor physics

Jack Miller, Research Professor, Ph.D., University of California
Research interests: space radiation protection and radiological engineering

Hanna Moussa, Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research Interests: radiation safety, Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport

F.R. Mynatt, Research Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research interests: radiation transport, isotope production and nuclear regulations

Andrew Stephan, Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research interests: radiation detection and homeland security

Timothy Valentine, Research Associate Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research interests: nuclear system safety and energy policy

Jean Claude Van-Duysen, Research Associate Professor, Ph.D. Université Lille 1 and PhD Paris-Sud University
Research interests: radiation effects on materials, stress corrosion cracking, residual stress engineering, and digital image correlation

Graham V. Walford, Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Surrey, UK
Research interests: Non-Destructive assay, remote nuclear and hyperspectral sensing, optical analysis, and multi-sensor systems

Martin Williamson, Research Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee, P.E.
Research interests: nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, fissile material detection and characterization, nuclear criticality safety

Joint Faculty

Jess C. Gehin, Associate Professor, Ph.D. MIT
Research interests: reactor physics and analysis, advanced reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, modeling and simulation

Ashley C. Stowe, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. Florida State University
Research interests: radiation detection and instrument development

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Brian Anderson, Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Andrei I. Apostoaei, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Joseph Bowling, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Kevin T. Clarno, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. David H. Cook, Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Keith Eckerman, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Hash Hashemian, Adjunct Professor
Mr. Christopher Haught, Lecturer
Dr. Paul A. Hausladen, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. F. Owen Hoffman, Adjunct Professor
Dr. David E. Holcomb, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mr. Calvin Hopper, Lecturer
Dr. Alan Icenhour, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Erik B. Iverson, Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Rajesh Maingi, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Jose March-Leuba, Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Gloria Mei, Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Trent Nichols, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Chet Ramsey, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Brandon P. Rasmussen, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mr. Christopher Robinson, Lecturer
Mr. Richard G. Taylor, Lecturer
Dr. Joseph Thie, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Aleksay H. Urmanov, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Colin West, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Robert M. Westfall, Teaching Associate
Dr. Mark Williams, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Graydon L. Yoder, Jr., Adjunct Professor

Emeritus Faculty

H.L. Dodds, IBM Professor, Ph.D. Tennessee, P.E.
Research interests: reactor core analysis, transient modeling and simulation, reactor safety analysis, advanced reactors, nuclear criticality safety, energy policy

Peter G. Groer, Professor, Ph.D. Vienna
Research interests: radiation risk assessment, competing risk theory, health physics, reliability analysis

Thomas W. Kerlin, Professor, Ph.D., Tennessee
Research interests: diagnostics and surveillance, modeling and simulation, instrumentation and control


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