Seminars

UNEP Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule Announced

The UNEP Spring 2016 seminar schedule has been announced. This schedule is accurate as of 3/23/2016, and is being provided as a courtesy to our students. As such the schedule is subject to change based on the needs of our distinguished presenters, and the UNEP Department. Please check the website often for the finalized weekly seminar announcements!

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Upcoming Seminars

 

November 16, 2016 Nuclear Seminar with Dr. Justin Watson

November 16, 2016 Nuclear Seminar with Dr. Justin Watson

UNEP Seminar 11-16-16 Implicit Steady State and Transient Solution for Modern Reactor Analysis Codes Abstract Historically large physics problems have been divided into smaller problems based on the

Past Seminars

 

2013-Fall

Dr. Alan Icenhour, Ensuring Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology

Alan Icenhour is the Director, Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in WEB 2230 at 4:35 pm. For the Abstract and Alan’s Bio please go here

Dr. Michael P. Hoepfner, Asphaltenes: What They Are and Why We Want to Understand Them

Michael P. Hoepfner is an Assistant Professor with Department of Chemical Engineering University of Utah, in WEB 2230 at 4:35 pm. For the Abstract please go here

2013-Summer

Dr. Prema Rassiah-Szegedi,Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Dr. Prema Rassiah-Szegedi is a Medical Physicist and Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT, in WEB 1248 at 3 p.m. For an abstract please go here

Dr. Sanja Miskovic, Residence Time Distribution Measurements in Complex Multiphase Systems – Application of Radiotracers in Metallurgical Industry

Dr. Sanja Miskovic is Assistant Professor Metallurgical Engineering, in WEB 1248 at 3 p.m. For an abstract please go here

Dr. Vivek Agarwal, Centralized Online Monitoring of Assets in Nuclear Industry: Issues and Challenges

Dr. Vivek Agarwal is a Research Scientist at Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls in WEB 1248 at 1:00 p.m. For an abstract please go

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2013 – Spring

Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic, Introduction to UNEP Curricula, Training and Research

On January 9th Dr. Jevremovic will be presenting to the class. The title, Introduction to UNEP Curricula, Training and Research, will outline NUCL 5999, 6999, and 7999.

Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic, Introducing UNEP Graduates

On January 23 the UNEP Graduate Student Kaylyn McCoy will be presenting. Her presentation is titled, “Understanding Complex Systems: Learning from Nuclear Accidents”. For an abstract please go here.

Dr. Alan Hunt

On February 6, 2013 Dr Alan Hunt from ISU. Dr. Hunt is the Deputy Director of Idaho Accelerator Center. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. He is a well-known expert in the area of active interrogation for nuclear safeguards and homeland security applications. The Title of his presentation is “Determining isotopic concentration using delayed gamma rays from active inspection techniques for nuclear materials safeguards”. For an abstract please go here.

Prof. Luis Ibarra

On February 20, 2013 Prof. Luis Ibarra will be presenting. His presentation is titled “Civil Engineering in the Nuclear Industry “. Dr. Ibarra’s research focuses on the seismic performance of structural systems. His current research includes seismic collapse capacity of high strength fiber reinforced concrete (HSFRC) structures, seismic isolation of modular reactors, and seismic performance of dry storage casks, among others. Prior to joining The University of Utah, he was a senior research engineer at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, TX. At SwRI Dr. Ibarra performed structural evaluations of facilities and containers for the storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. Dr. Ibarra has developed methodologies for collapse capacity assessment, and deteriorating hysteretic models. He has also designed concrete and steel buildings and factories. A flyer can be found here.

Mr. Anthony Gallegos, Utah Abandoned mine reclamation project (AMRP)

On March 6, 2013 Mr. Gallegos from AMRP. Mr. Gallegos is a Senior Reclamation Engineer with AMRP. He will give an overview of the AMRP program and its involvement with closing abandoned uranium mines. He will also show a 20 minute video “Mining on the Swell”, which is based on oral history interviews with miners involved with Uranium mining in the San Rafael Swell. His abstract can be found here.

Dr. Michael F. Simpson, Idaho National Laboratory

On March 26th Dr. Michael Simpson, from the Idaho National Laboratory, will be presenting on, “Advanced Monitoring and Separations Processes for Electrorefiner Salt.” He will be presenting at 1:30pm in the Layton Auditorium (MCE 1011). His abstract can be found here.

Dr. Robert Stewart

On March 27th, 2013 Dr. Robert Stewart from University of Washington (Seattle) will be presenting on, “Multiscale Modeling in Radiation Oncology Mechanisms of Fast Neutron Relative Biological Effectiveness (RBE)”. The full abstract can be found here.

Dr. R.A. Borrelli

On March 29th Dr. R.A. Borrelli will be presenting on “Systems Assessment for Advance NESs”. He will be presenting at 1:00pm in WEB L112. His abstract can be found here.

Kimberly Gilligan, ORNL

On April 3, 2013 Kimberly Gilligan, from ORNL will be presenting on “Overview of ORNL’s Nonproliferation, Safeguards and Security Programs.” A copy of her abstract can be found here. She will also be having lunch with students and a meet and greet in the Chemical Engineering Conference room (3291 MEB). Lunch will be from 12- 1:30pm and the meet and greet from 1:30-2:30pm.

Dr. Supathorn Phongikaroon

On Friday, April 5th Dr. Supathorn Phongikaroon will be presenting on “Pyrochemical Technology- A Novel Alternative Separation for the U.S. and International Nuclear Fuel Cycle.” His presentation will be at 1:15pm in the Layton Auditorium (1001 MCE). A flyer can be found here.

Prof. Paolo Gondolo

On April 10, 2013 Prof. Paolo Gondolo, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Utah will be presenting. More information will come shortly.

Dr. Hitesh Bindra

On Thursday, April 25th Dr. Hitesh Bindra will be presenting on “Nuclear Safety- An Interdisciplinary Research.” His presentation will be at 1:15pm in 2230 WEB. A flyer can be found here.

2012 – Fall Seminars

Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic

Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic will be presenting on August 22nd as the first speaker of the UNEP Seminar series. This class session will be an introduction to the seminar and the expectations for students enrolled in the course. For more information please go here.

Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic

Dr. Tatjana Jevremovic will be presenting on August 29th. The topic of the seminar will be on the research occurring within UNEP including opportunities, advantages, and our Nuclear Utah’s Future. More information can be found here.

Dr. Haori Yang

Dr. Haori Yang will be presenting on October 17th to the UNEP seminar. His seminar, titled “Research on Radiation Detection and Measurement”, will talk about his current and future research focusing in this area. More information on his presentation and Dr. Yang can be found here.

Dr. Rizwan Udin

Dr. Rizwan Udin will be presenting on October 24th. He is a professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Champagne. His topic is “Virtual Education and Research Lab at the University of Illinois”. A full announcement can be found here.

Dr. JoAnn Lighty

Dr. JoAnn Lighty, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering will be presenting on November 7th. The title of her presentation is called “Soot oxidation kinetics: Pressure and fuel comparisons”. For more information please go here.

Dr. Majorie Chan

Dr. Marjorie Chan from the Department of Geology and Geophysics will be speaking on November 14th. Her talk is titled, “Mars for Earthlings: Using Earth Analogs to Decode the History or Mars”. More information on her presentation can be found here.

Dr. Miltos Alamaniotis

Dr. Miltos Alamaniotis, a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utah, will be presenting on November 28th. His seminar topic is, “Intelligent Signal Analysis for Nuclear Detection and Identification”. For more information please go here.

2012 – Spring Seminars

Gene Levinzon, Goldman Sachs

On January 18th Gene Levinzon of Goldman Sachs will be presenting on “Opportunities for Different Engineering and Science Majors”. The Seminar announcement can be found here.

Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, MSE University of Utah

On February 1st Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, Professor in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Utah will be presenting on, “Oxiedes for Spintronics.” For an abstract and bio go here.

Dr. Dave Brown, ZionSolutions

On February 29th Dr. Dave Brown from ZionSolutions will be presenting on “How to Decommission a Nuclear Power Plant?”. For an abstract go here.

Jim White, Assistant Director of Career Services

On March 7th Jim White, Assistant Director of Career Services at the University of Utah, will be presenting on “… about initiating your career in the power industry!”. The flyer can be found here.

Dr. Steven Sherman, ORNL

On March 28th Dr. Steven Sherman from ORNL will be presenting. The title of his presentation is called, “Heavy Element and Radionuclide Production at Oak Ridge National Laboratory”. For an abstract and bio on Dr. Sherman please go here.

Dr. Gabriele Hampel, University of Mainz

On April 11th Dr. Gabriel Hampel from the University of Mainz in Germany will be presenting on “TRIGA and Related Projects”. More information will be posted shortly.

2011 – Fall Seminars

Eric Wagner, National Security Technologies, LLC

The first speaker for the Fall Seminar Series is Eric Wagner, Ph.D., CHP. Dr. Wagner is a Principal Scientist with the Radiological Emergency Response, National Security Technologies. His presentation is titled “The Remote Sensing Laboratory and Operation Tomcod- Japan Response Spring 2011”. More information on the presentation and Dr. Wagner can be found here.

DevonWay, inc

Representatives from DevonWay, Inc will be the October 5th speaker for the NUCL Seminar. They will be giving an introduction to DevonWay’s innovative improvement to software that is changing the way nuclear and other power-generating pants, respond to cross-cutting issues and regulatory compliance. Representatives include Kristy Bloxham and Sally N. White. More information can be found here.

Xuesong Zhou

On October 26th Dr. Xuesong Zhou, Assistant Professor Civil Engineering at the U, will be presenting to the Nuclear seminar course. Dr. Zhou will be presenting on “Spatial-Information Approach for Analyzing and Planning distributed Nuclear Material Detection Systems.” For a full abstract and bio information please see the flyer.

Jason T. Harris, Idaho State University

On November 9th Dr. Jason T. Harris, Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics at Idaho State University, will be presenting at the Nuclear seminar. His presentation is titled “Comparison of Radioactive Fallout in the United States from Fukushima and Chernobyl Accidents”. For more information on his presentation and information about Dr. Harris please go here.

Inese Ivans, University of Utah

On November 16th Dr. Inese Ivans, Professor of Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be presenting on “Cosmic Building Blocks- Stellar Spectroscopic Studies”. More information on his presentation and biography sketch can be found here.

Chris Johnson, University of Utah

Dr. Chris Johnson, Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute at the University of Utah, will be presenting on November 30th for the weekly seminar. Dr. Johnsons talk is titled “Visual Computing: Making Sense of a Complex World” For more information on his talk and his biography please go here.

2011 – Summer Seminars

Rian Bahran, PhD Candidate at Rensselar Polytechnic Institute

The first summer speaker for UNEP is Rian Bahran a PhD Candidate at Rensselar Polytechnic Institute. His seminar will be held Wednesday, June 1st in WEB 1450 from 1:30-2:30pm. His penetration is titled, “Nuclear Data Measurements at the RPI LINAC and the Development of a High Energy Resolution Neutron Transmission Detector System. For a seminar announcement please go here.

Hermilo Hernandez-Noyola, Postdoctoral Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory

The 2nd summer speaker will be Dr. Hermilo Hernandez-Noyola a postdoctoral fellow from the Argonne National Laboratory. It will be held Monday, June 6th at 1:30pm in WEB L112. His seminar is titled “Pin-Wise Loading Optimization and Lattice to Core Coupling with Minor Actinides Recycling in Light Water Reactors.” The seminar announcement can be found here.

Pablo Rey, Techatom

On Tuesday, June 14th will be the 3rd Summer Speaker for UNEP. The speaker is Pablo Rey the head of simulation and training tools with Techatom. His presentation is titled “Nuclear Power Plants Full Scope Simulators: Simulation tools and new approaches” will be held in WEB 1230 starting at 2pm. For a full announcement please go here.

Dyrk Greenhalgh, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The final summer seminar will be held on Thursday, July 28th at 2pm in WEB 1230. The speaker will be Dyrk Greenhalgh, the Vulnerability Assessment Team Lead at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His seminar is titled, “Physical Security and Vulnerability Assessment Methods Abstract”. For a full abstract and bio on Dyrk please go here.

2011 – Spring Seminars

Harold McFarlane, GIF Technical Director

The first speaker for Spring 2011 will be Harold McFarlane on January 19, 2011. His presentation is titled “The Generation-IV International Forum: The role of GIF International Cooperation in US Advanced Reactor R&D”. For an abstract and information on Mr. McFarlane can be found here.

Nathan Ames, NUclear Fabrication Consortium

The second speaker for Spring 2011 will be Nathan Ames on January 26, 2011. He currently works with the Nuclear Fabrication Consortium (NFC) that was created by EWI. His presentation is on the NFC and how improvements to the industry needs to be cost effective and safe. For the abstract and bio on Nathan please go here.

Dan Strellis, Rapiscan Laboratories & eric Chris, UNEP Student

The third seminar session of the semester will have two presenters. The first presenter will be Eric Chris, UNEP Student, who had a summer internship at Rapiscan Laboratories in 2010. Following him will be Dr. Dan Strellis, Director of R&D Technical Programs at Rapiscan. More information on the seminar can be found here.

Ray Haroldsen, Idaho National Laboratory

The fourth speaker of the Spring UNEP Seminar speakers will be Dr. Ray Haroldsen on April 6th. Dr. Haroldsen will be presenting on “The Highlights and More Interesting Events of My Nuclear Career”, specifically with the Borax reactors. More information on the seminar can be found here.

Gary Comstock, Professor at NC State University

The fifth speaker is Cary Comstock from North Carolina State University. Dr. Comstock teaches in the Philosophy department and is the editor-in-chief of the online OpenSeminar in Research Ethics. The title of his presentation is “Cheating: What is it? Why do it? Who Cares?”. More information on the seminar can be found here.

2010 – Fall Seminars

September 15, 2010–Dr. Rong Gao, ARETE Company in the Nuclear Materials Detection

On Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Dr. Rong Gaofrom ARETE Computational Intelligence Systems will be presenting during the UNEP Seminar. His presentation title is called “Intelligent Signal Processing and Decision Making for Nuclear Forensics”. The abstract and short bio can be found here.

September 22, 2010–Dr. Bernadette L. Kirk, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Dr. Bernadette L. Kirk from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Nuclear Science And Technology Division, will be presenting. Her lecture is titled, “The Role of Software in Nuclear Engineering Education”. A short abstract and bio can be found in the full announcement.

From 3:30-4:15 there will be a information session with Dr. Kirk in WEB 1450 before his presentation.

September 29, 2010–Dr. Hitachi, General Electric based in Japan

On Wednesday, September 29th four engineers from Hitachi-General Electric, Hitachi, Japan will be presenting. The titles of the presentations are: development of NEXT- Generation BWR in Japan, development of spectral shift rod, seismic design and research of Japanese Nuclear Power Plants, and development of advanced construction methods and management. More information can be found here.

From 2pm- 3:45pm there will be a meeting for students if they are interested in a Hitachi-GE internship. You will be meeting in WEB 1450 if you would like to attend.

October 20, 2010–Dr. Icenhour, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

On Wednesday, October 20th Dr. Icenhour from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be on campus giving a presentation. The title of his seminar is “Oak Ridge National Laboratory–Providing Science, Technology, and Policy Solutions to Nuclear Security Challenges”. A full abstract and short bio on Dr. Icenhour can be found here.

October 27, 2010–Jeffrey Gardner, Energy Solutions

ON Wednesday, October 27th Jeffrey Gardner will be on campus. He is coming to the University of Utah from Energy Solutions where he works at the Clive Facility. The title of his seminar is Energy Solutions: A Brief Overview. A full abstract and bio can be found here.

November 3, 2010–Dr. Denis Beller, University of Nevada

On Wednesday, November 3rd Dr. Denis Beller will be presenting at the UNEP seminar. His presentation is titled, “If Public Education Is Not The Answer, What Is?”. Dr. Beller is a Research Professor of Nuclear Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. A full abstract and bio can be found here.

2010 – Spring Seminars

Dr. Richard Toohey

The first speaker for 2010 will be Dr. Richard Toohey on January 22, 2010. His presentation will be on, “The saga of the radium dial painters.”

Dr. Igor Jovanovic, School of Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University

The second UNEP seminar of the year will feature Dr. Igor Jovanovic from the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. The seminar will be held on Friday, February 19th in WEB 1250. His presentation will be on, “Laser and detector development for scientific, energy, and nonproliferation applications.”

Dr. Haori Yang, Canberra Industries

Dr. Haroi Yang , from Canberra industries will be presenting on April 16th at 3pm in WEB 1250. His topic is “Interrogation Methods Targeting Concealed Special Nuclear Materials”.

Dr. Jie Lian, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Jie Lian will be on campus giving a seminar titled “Materials Behavior under Extreme Environments: Nuclear Engineering Application and Nano-scale Materials Design”. His seminar will be on April 26 in WEB 1250 at 3pm.

Mohamed Elsawi, Numerical Applications, Inc.

On May 10th Dr. Mohamed Elsawi will be giving a seminar titled “Asymptotic Analysis of the Arbitrarily High-Order Transport Method of the Characteristic Type for Neutron Transport Problems”. His seminar will be at 2pm in 1248 WEB.

Takuya Ito, Nuclear Fuel Industries, LTd., Japan

Takuya Ito will be giving May’s seminar presentation on May 14th at 3pm in WEB 1250. His presentation is on the “Validation of NFI BWR nuclear Design System for MOX.”

Dr. Glenn Sjoden, Deputy Director, Florida Institute of Nuclear Detection and Security, University of Florida

The 2010-2011 kick off speaker will be Dr. Glenn Sjoden from the University of Florida. His seminar presentation is titled: Applications of Computational Radiation Transport Methods in Power, Non-proliferation and Detection, Homeland Security, and Forensics Research for a Better Tomorrow.” He will be presenting Friday, August 13th from 2-3pm in WEB 1248.

2009 – Seminars

Dan A. Sterellis, Rapiscan Laboratories

The first UNEP seminar speaker will be on Friday, October 2nd at 3pm. The speaker is Dr. Dan A. Sterellis from Rapiscan Laboratories in California. The seminar is titled, Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis, A nuclear Technique for Screening Air Cargo. For a abstract and biography on Dr. Sterellis please go here.

Dr. Kathryn McCarthy and Dr. Dave Hillis, INL

The second UNEP seminar of the year will be held on Friday, November 6th at 3pm in room 1250 WEB. The speaker are Dr. Kathryn McCarthy and Dr. David Hill from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Their presentation is titled, The Role of Systems Analysis in Advanced Fuel Cycle Development. For an abstract and biography please go here.

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