Jim Wang (PhD candidate), email@example.com
- Reactor Multi-Physics and Thermal Hydraulics
- CFD solver development. i.e. OpenFOAM
- Coupled Multi-physics simulation: CFD with Monte Carlo Code.
Matt Krecicki (PhD candidate), firstname.lastname@example.org
Originally from Winter Park, Florida Matt attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned Bachelor Degrees in Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. After which Matt joined the CoRE lab in 2018, earning a Master’s in 2019. Matt played NCAA DIII lacrosse at RPI and played on Georgia Tech’s club lacrosse team. He also enjoys kayaking, mentoring other aspiring NTP engineers, and experimenting with Italian style cooking.
Matt’s current research focuses on developing coupled multi-physics steady state and transient computational methods for nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) reactors. This research is funded via a Georgia Tech partnership with BWX Technologies, and is a regular summer intern with BWXT which has resulted in co-authorship of two patents related NTP reactor design and several conference publications related to NTP design.
- Computational methods for and design of nuclear thermal propulsion reactors
- Optimization techniques for advanced reactor design
Naiki A. Kaffezakis (PhD Candidate), email@example.com
Being genderqueer, Naiki uses and is comfortable with they/them, she/her and he/him pronouns interchangeably. Hailing from Duluth, Ga, Naiki graduated from Georgia Tech with two Bachelor Degrees in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Physics in 2018 and a Masters Degree in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering in 2019. Naiki was recruited into the first CORE group cohort while they were still an undergraduate to conduct fuel cycle design for high-conversion thorium reactors. Naiki pays her rent with a day job as a health physics technician with Georgia Tech’s Office of Radiological Safety, ensuring that no curious researchers licks GT’s radioactive materials. Since undergraduate, Naiki has been an organizer within the LGBTQIA community on campus, and he currently serves as the president of Grad Pride. In their highly limited free time, Naiki enjoys working in their potted vegetable garden and testing obscure board games with friends.
Naiki’s current research focuses on designs of reactor systems that are directly coupled with advanced thermophotovoltaics (TPV). Recent improvements in TPV conversion efficiencies have reopened the possibiity of using these static heat engines to develop safer and cheaper reactors. This early design work has been spearheaded by Naiki and her undergraduate assistants and has courted partners in industry, national labs, and other univeristies. Naiki has contributed coupled neutronic-conduction modeling, fuel cycle analysis and economics driven optimization to this promising project.
- The development of truly novel reactor technologies, especially in the area of SMRs
- The use of economic analysis to drive early design work
- The implementation of equivalent circuit models for the neutron diffusion equation
Vigneshwar Manickam (MSc Candidate), firstname.lastname@example.org
Vignesh is a Nuclear Engineering Master’s student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics from the United States Naval Academy in 2015, he served as a Submarine Officer onboard the USS Indiana and USS Illinois. His research at Annapolis was focused on understanding the structure of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) using gravitational microlensing techniques. Vignesh started his graduate studies during the summer of 2020 after he received orders to serve as an instructor in Atlanta based NROTC programs.
In his free time, Vignesh enjoys spending most of his time hiking, scuba-diving and perfecting his astrophotography skills with amateur custom-built telescopes.
Current research: Vignesh’s primary research interests lies in the transient modeling and startup procedure analysis of advanced nuclear propulsion engines for future humankind spaceflight.
- Design of NTP systems for future humankind spaceflight.
- Transient modeling and startup procedure analysis of advanced nuclear propulsion engines.
Bailey Painter // email@example.com // Use of Transfer Functions for neutronic-T/H coupled framework
Mack Poulson // firstname.lastname@example.org // Analysis of the nozzle conditions
Sam Heflin // email@example.com // Analysis of detailed local power distributions in NTP fuel elements
Connor Koelsch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Connor grew up in Westchester, New York, and graduated from Yorktown High School in 2018. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering while minoring in both Computer Science and Engineering and Business through the Denning Technology and Management Program. He enjoys playing on the Georgia Tech club lacrosse team as well as skiing, hiking, and camping.
Connor’s research focuses on developing a python reduced order solver to calculate the stress fields within nuclear thermal propulsion reactors. He then validates the stress components and deformations via ANSYS.
- Computational methods to validate and test mechanical performance of reactor designs.
- Thermal stress analysis
Graduated from the group
- PhD dissertation (defended on December 23, 2020): “Efficient Coupled Transport-depletion Sequence Using Hybrid Monte Carlo-Reduced Order Schemes”
- Current role: Nuclear Software Engineer
- Potential research focuses: Primarily focused on developing methods (improved depletion coupling schemes) to model and simulate novel reactor concepts.
Stefano Terlizzi // email@example.com// website place holder (if applicable)
- PhD dissertation (defended on December 31, 2020): “On-the-fly Generation of Spatial Transfer Functions for Efficient Neutronics-TH Coupled Calculations”
- Current role: Deslonde de Boisblanc Distinguished Postdoctoral Research Appointee at Idaho National Laboratory
- Potential research focuses: Neutron transport; multiphysics analysis; applied mathematics; microreactors modeling, simulation, and design.
Vedant Mehta// firstname.lastname@example.org// website place holder (if applicable)
- PhD dissertation (defended on December 12, 2020): “Investigating the Response of Yttrium Hydride Moderator
Due to Changes in Stoichiometry and Temperature”
- Current role: Computational multiphysicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Design and development of novel microreactors.
- Potential research focuses: Theoretical and experimental framework development, reactor design and analysis.
Coral Kazaroff // email@example.com // website place holder (if applicable)
- MS dissertation (defended on December 2, 2020): “Validation of Plant BUZZ Operational Data Using Serpent-DYN3D Sequence”
- Current role: GRA/PhD Candidate in Georgia Institute of Technology
- Potential research focuses: modeling, simulation, design for MSRs; nuclear deterrence
Gustavo Pereira // firstname.lastname@example.org// linkedin.com/in/gustavo-pereira-5750ba12a
- MS dissertation (defended on December 2018): “Applying a Nodal Diffusion-Micro Depletion Sequence for High-Fidelity Analysis of Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors”
- Current role: Global Project Management Enterprise-level Solutions