• 14 MAY - Dinner with Lucca's Historical Representation

  • MIKE MODRO - For the contribution to foster the BEPU approach in international environment

  • UPENDRA ROHATGI - For the pioneering contribution to the establishment of the BEPU approach

  • OSCAR MAZZANTINI - For BEPU safety application in licensing framework

  • FRANCESCO D'AURIA - For the contribution to the advancements in BEPU technology

  • NINE presented to GIANNI BRUNA - In recognition of his outstanding contribution to R&D in the fields of nuclear reactor physics and safety science

  • BEST STUDENT PAPER - NATHAN PORTER (North Carolina State University)

  • CTF Workshops Participants

Organizers, Chairs and Reviewers

Honorary Chair

Mike Modro (NINE, Italy)

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Mr. Mike Modro has over 40 years of experience in research and engineering, including over 30 years in Nuclear Reactor Design, Licensing and Safety Research. His field of expertise includes: Analyses and Research related to Nuclear Power Plant behavior during accident conditions; Assessment and Validation of various Computer Codes used to simulate nuclear plant behavior; Development and conduct of Experimental programmes in support of nuclear safety needs; Programme and line Management, Business and Resource development. He worked over 25 years within the Idaho National Laboratory  (United States) and 6 years as Senior Safety Assessment Officer for the International Atomic Energy Agency (for whom he is currently a Senior Consultant). He is a Guest Lecturer for the Imperial College of London (UK). He has a background in Physics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and the University of Warsaw (Poland).

General Chairs

Dr. Tim Valentine (ORNL, USA)

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Dr. Timothy E. Valentine is the director of the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) As director of RSICC, he is responsible directing and expanding the services and operations of the center as well as being responsible for international collaborations with the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD-NEA) as well as Japanese Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST). Dr. Valentine has twice served as a science and nuclear policy advisor in the U.S Senate on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and for Senators Bingaman and Alexander. Dr. Valentine has held various line, program management and technical research positions with a focus on energy R&D and nuclear safety, security and nonproliferation.

Prof. Nam Dinh (NSCU, USA)

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Dr. Nam Dinh is a professor of nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University, and a joint faculty appointment with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to NCSU, Dr. Dinh was a professor of nuclear power safety at Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology, and a Laboratory Fellow at the Idaho National Laboratory. Professor Dinh research in nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics contributed to severe accident management in LWRs and ALWS plants. Professor Dinh's current research is focused on data-driven modeling and validation of advanced simulation codes. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a recipient of the ANS-THD Technical Achievement Award. 

Steering Committee Chairs

Dr. C. H. Song (KAERI, South Korea)

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Dr. Chul-Hwa SONG is a distinguished tenured researcher of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) since 2011. He has been working for KAERI since 1985. He was the former V.P. for Nuclear Safety Research Department at KAERI, dealing with nuclear safety R&D for nuclear installations. He was the former Director and General PM leading the Thermal-Hydraulic Safety Research division in KAERI for about ten years. He is the Chief Major Professor of ‘Advanced Nuclear System Engineering’ at the Korean University of Science and Technology (UST) since 2008. He is an Adjunct Research Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Dep’t of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Eng. (NPRE) in 2018. He was a visiting Researcher at the French nuclear research center (CEA-Grenoble), France (‘87-‘89). He obtained his BS and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering.

Prof. H. Ninokata (POLIMI, Italy)

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Dr. Hisashi Ninokata is a professor at Dipartimento di Energia, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He received PhD from the University of Tokyo, 1977, and worked in Tokyo Electric Power Co., at O-arai Engineering Center of Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation, Japan, and at Tokyo Institute of Technology from 1993 to 2012. He is Professor Emeritus since 2012 while he continues teaching at Politecnico. His major contributions are in the progress of computational modeling and methods in thermal hydraulics and safety of LMFBR and LWRs. He is Fellow of ANS and NURETH Fellow, and a recipient of the ANS Technical Achievement Award in Thermal Hydraulics.

Dr. G. Bruna (IRSN, France)

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Giovanni Bruna is a Dr. in Nuclear Physics and he has more than 40 years of experience in reactor safety, design and operation. He is the scientific director IRSN - French Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety. Previously, he was IRSN’s Deputy Director for reactor safety, and AREVA group’s manager nuclear reactor physics & senior international expert.

Prof. M. El-Shanawani (NINE, Italy)

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Professor Mamdouh El-Shanawany is an international expert on nuclear safety. For the last 40 years, he has provided leadership, design, research & development, analysis, management and critical safety assessment, applications of Statutory regulatory requirements and policy development for the nuclear industry in the UK, Canada and Internationally. He was a member of the IAEA team which was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2005. He was global Nuclear Technical Director at Lloyd's Register, and visiting Professor of Nuclear Safety Centre for Nuclear Engineering, at the Imperial College, London University. Dr El-Shanawany was the Head of the Safety Assessment Section at the IAEA, The main responsibilities of the Safety Assessment Section are to strengthen Member States’ capabilities (Regulatory Bodies, Designers and Operators) in effective safety assessment and safety enhancement of nuclear installations. He represented the IAEA on the Commission of Nuclear Safety Standards, International Nuclear Safety Group. Also, he represents the IAEA at the OECD/ Nuclear Energy Agency, CSNI and the Technical Steering Committee of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme. Dr El-Shanawany is an Independent Expert Evaluator for research project allocations, UK Engineering & Physics Science Research Council and Euratom Nuclear Research and Training, European Commission. He was also a member of Generation IV Technical Advisory Committee of the UK Government's Department of Trade and Industry. El-Shanawany is also an excellent communicator and mentor, able to understand issues in a multi-dimensional environment, providing solutions that support various stakeholders. Prior to joining the IAEA, he was employed by Her Majesty’s Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, the UK Regulatory Body, where he was responsible for managing, assessing and formally agreeing and accepting the Licensees’ arrangements and safety cases for faults studies and severe accidents analysis for the operating plants. He holds a PhD in Thermal Power Section from the Imperial College of Science and Technology (London).

Technical Program Committee Chairs

Dr. A. Petruzzi (NINE, Italy)

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Dr Alessandro Petruzzi is President of the Board of Directors of Nuclear and INdustrial Engineering (NINE) since 2011. He received Ph.D. in Nuclear and Industrial Safety from University of Pisa where he worked on development of Uncertainty Methods for system thermal-hydraulics codes and application of BEPU methodology to Safety Analysis in Licensing framework. From 2007 to 2013 he acted as deputy manager of GRNSPG (University of Pisa) working on the preparation of Chapter 15 of FSAR of Atucha-2 NPP in Argentina. His current research concentrates on thermal-hydraulics, multi-physics methods for reactor safety analysis, forward and inverse methods for uncertainty quantification and he is member of several NEA working group both at NSC and CSNI. In 2013 he was the main organizer of NURETH-15 in Pisa.

Prof. K. Ivanov (NCSU, USA)

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Professor Kostadin Ivanov has been working in the Nuclear field for over 34 years. His field of expertise includes: Reactor Physics; Methods in Static and Dynamic Analysis; Nuclear Power Plant Modeling and Safety; Fuel Management and Core Design; Verification and Validation of Multi-Physics simulations. He has worked over ten years for the Pennsylvania State University as Distinguished Professor including Graduate Coordinator of Nuclear Engineering Programme, and for two years as Visiting Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, in Germany. Since 2015 he is Professor and Department Head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the North Carolina State University (USA). He was and currently is in charge as leading scientist of several international benchmarks organized under the umbrella of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). His work has been published on hundreds of academic and international journals and conference proceedings. He holds a PhD in Reactor Physics from the Bulgarian Academy of Science.

Dr. H. Nakamura (JAEA, Japan)

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Dr. Hideo Nakamura got his MS in Material Engineering in 1981 and PhD in Nuclear Engineering in 1992 both from Nagoya University, Japan. In 1981, he joined former Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) at Tokai to work for the ROSA (Rig-of-Safety Assessment) program to study reactor accidents for both of BWR and PWR with large-scale experiments under reactor prototypical conditions. In 2001, he became Head of Thermo-hydraulic Safety Research Group dedicated both of Severe Accident and Beyond Design-basis Accidents. Since 2005, he was Head of Operating Agent of the OECD/NEA ROSA and ROSA-2 Projects with LSTF experiments. Now he is Senior Associate for Nuclear Safety Research Center of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA).

Dr. K. Muftuoglu (GEH, USA)

Steering Committee Members

Dr. N. Aksan (Switzerland)
Dr. D. Bestion (CEA, France)
Prof. F. D’Auria (UNIPI, Italy)
Dr. N. Debrecin (Zagreb University, Croatia)
Dr J.C. Ferreri (Argentina)
Prof. J.L. Francois (UNAM, Mexico)
Dr. M. Fratoni (UC Berkeley, USA)
Dr H. Glaeser (Consultant, Germany)
Prof. Y. Hassan (TAMU, USA)
Dr. J. Kaneko (NRA-J, Japan)
Prof. H.G. Kang (RPI, USA)
Prof. S. Koshizuka (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Prof. D. Kropaczek (NCSU, USA)
Dr. J.M. Leuba (ACRS, USA)
Dr. A. Lyubarskiy (Atomenergoproject, Russia)
Dr. P. Meloni (ENEA, Italy)
Dr. J. Misak (UJV, Czech Republic)
Dr. K. Mishima (INSS, Japan)
Dr. S. Monti (IAEA, Austria)
Dr. M. Morichi (CAEN-SYS, Italy)
Dr. A.K. Nayak (BARC, India)
Prof. I. Pioro (UOIT, Canada)
Prof. M. Podowski (RPI, USA)
Dr. N. Popov (McMaster, Canada)
Dr. B. Rearden (ORNL, USA)
Dr. F. Reitsma (IAEA, Austria)
Dr. J. Riznic (CNSC, Canada)
Dr. U.S. Rohatgi (BNL, USA)
Dr. N. Sandberg (OECD/NEA)
Prof. W. Shen (CNSC, Canada)
Dr. C. Smith (INL, USA)
Dr. E. Tolomeotti (Brazil)
Dr. B. Tyobeka (NNR, South Africa)
Dr. K. Velkov (GRS, Germany)
Dr. P.K. Vijayan (BARC, India)
Dr. A. Viktorov (CNSC, Canada)
Prof. S. Walker (IC, UK)
Dr. B.W. Yang (XJU, China)
Dr. J. Zhang (TRACTEBEL, Belgium)
Dr. B. Zhao (CNPE, China)


Technical Program Committee Members

Dr. M. Aufiero (UC Berkeley, USA)
Dr. D. Aumiller (BETTIS, USA)
Prof. M. Avramova (NCSU, USA)
Dr. J. Baccou (IRSN, France)
Prof. E. Baglietto (MIT, USA)
Dr. T. Bajs (ENCONET, USA)
Prof. P. Bardet (GWU, USA)
Dr. A. Bouloré (CEA, France)
Dr. S. Bznuni (NRSC, Armenia)
Dr. M. Cherubini (NINE, Italy)
Dr. K. Choi (KAERI, South Korea)
Dr. M. DeHart (INL, USA)
Dr. A. Delja (CNSC, Canada)
Prof. D. Dupleac (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Dr. M. Dzodzo (Westinghouse, USA)
Dr. F. Franceschini (Westinghouse, USA)
Dr. C. Frepoli (FPoliSolutions, USA)
Dr. S. Gupta (Becker Technolgies, Germany)
Dr. A. Gusev (JSC Afrikantov, Russia)
Prof. U. Hampel (HZDR, Germany)
Dr B. Hatala (VUJE, Slovakia)
Dr. J. P. Hudelot (CEA, France)
Dr. B. Iooss (EdF, France)
Dr. E. Ivanov (IRSN, France)
Dr. A. Kaliatka (LEI, Lithuania)
Dr. K. D. Kim (KAERI, South Korea)
Dr. T. Kozlowski (University of Illinois, USA)
Dr. J. Lane (ZACHRY, USA)
Dr. M. Kristof (NNEES, Slovakia)
Dr. A. Lazarte (ARN, Argentina)
Dr. X. Liu (SNERDI, China)
Dr. Y. Liu (NRSC, China)
Dr. D. Luxat (Jensen Hughes, USA)
Dr R. P. Martin (BWXT, USA)
Dr. F. Mascari (ENEA, Italy)
Dr. O. Mazzantini (NASA, Argentina)
Dr. R. Mendizabal (CSN, Spain)
Dr. S. Mizokami (TEPCO, Japan)
Dr. Muellner N. (BOKU, Austria)
Dr. Nakada K. (Toshiba, Japan)
Prof. D. Novog (McMaster, Canada)
Dr. M. Panicker (USNRC, USA)
Dr. C. Parisi (INL, USA)
Dr. Y. Parlatan (OPG, Canada)
Dr. D. Pointer (ORNL, USA)
Dr. A. Prosek (IJS, Slovenia)
Dr. Purhonen H.(LUT, Finland)
Dr. C. Rabiti (INL, USA)
Dr. J. Rashid (ANATECH, USA)
Dr. F. Reventos (UPC, Spain)
Dr. E. Royer (CEA, France)
Dr. V. Sanchez (KIT, Germany)
Dr. E. Sartori (France)
Dr. T. Schulenberg (KIT, Germany)
Prof. Sun X. (University of Michigan, USA)
Dr. T. Takata (JAEA, Japan)
Dr. M. Tatsumi (NEL, Japan)
Dr. D. Todd (PNNL, USA)
Dr. P. Van-Uffelen (ITU, JRC)
Dr. J. Vedovi (GEH, USA)
Prof. A. Yamamoto (Nagoya University, Japan)
Mr. C. Yang (CNPE, China)
Dr. R. Youngblood (INL, USA)

Conference Organizers Committee

Dr. M. Cherubini (NINE, Italy)

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Dr. Marco Cherubini is the Vice-President of NINE and current Head of the Core Behavior Area devoted to prediction and analysis of NPP core by different disciplines viewpoint. Prior to join NINE, he worked over 7 years in the Nuclear Research Group of San Piero a Grado (GRNSPG) being responsible for System Thermal-Hydraulics simulations. He got his PhD Degree in “Nuclear and Industrial Safety” Course of the “Leonardo da Vinci” Doctoral Engineering School in 2008, discussing a thesis dealing with Accident Management in VVER-1000. In the last three years Nuclear fuel behavior became his first priority topic of interest, continuing its involvement in thermal hydraulics activities. He is taking part at different International OECD-NEA and IAEA activities including code benchmarking, noticeably for the nuclear fuel.

Ms. V. Parrinello (NINE, Italy)

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Ms. Valeria Parrinello is an Engineer at NINE. She earned MS degree in Nuclear and Energy Engineering from the University of Palermo in 2015. After joining NINE, she has been involved in thermal-hydraulics R&D activity, participating to several OECD/NEA benchmarks. Her field of expertise includes: development and qualification of evaluation models; analyses and research related to NPP behavior during accident conditions following a BE approach; core behavior area.

Mr. A. Schiavetti (NINE, Italy)

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Andrea Schiavetti is the Information Technology division manager in NINE (Nuclear and INdustrial Engineering). He studied Computer Science at University of Pisa. His field of expertise are Web Applications and Network Administration. He was the web developer and IT support of NURETH-15 in Pisa.

Dr. A. Petruzzi (NINE, Italy)

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Dr Alessandro Petruzzi is President of the Board of Directors of Nuclear and INdustrial Engineering (NINE) since 2011. He received Ph.D. in Nuclear and Industrial Safety from University of Pisa where he worked on development of Uncertainty Methods for system thermal-hydraulics codes and application of BEPU methodology to Safety Analysis in Licensing framework. From 2007 to 2013 he acted as deputy manager of GRNSPG (University of Pisa) working on the preparation of Chapter 15 of FSAR of Atucha-2 NPP in Argentina. His current research concentrates on thermal-hydraulics, multi-physics methods for reactor safety analysis, forward and inverse methods for uncertainty quantification and he is member of several NEA working group both at NSC and CSNI. In 2013 he was the main organizer of NURETH-15 in Pisa.

Dr. J. Dyrda (OECD-NEA, France)

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James is a graduate of the University of Leicester (MPhys) and Imperial College (EngD Nuclear Engineering). Previously he worked on neutronics modelling, nuclear criticality safety, nuclear data and shielding analyses. Currently he holds a post at the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in Paris, where since 2014 he has been responsible for the Expert Group on Multi-physics Experimental data, Benchmarks and Validation within the Division of Nuclear Science.

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