• 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

  • 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

Panel Moderators

               dinh2 Eivanov Avramova
  AP  Cetiner  kozlowski

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 AvramovaMaria Avramova (NCSU, USA)

Dr. Maria Avramova is Associate Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU). She serves as Director of the Consortium for Nuclear Power at NCSU, Director of Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Modeling Group, and Coordinator of the CTF Users’ Group. Avramova earned Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Between 1994 and 2001, she held a research scientist position at the Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria. Avramova is a coordinator of the OECD LWR Uncertainty Analysis in Modeling Benchmark, and a member of OECD NEA Expert Group on Multi-Physics Experimental data, Benchmarking, and Validation.


Panel Title: International Program Findings and Recommendations for BEPU


  • Eric Royer, CEA, France
  • Francesc Reventos, UPC, Spain
  • Matthias Krause, IAEA, Austria
  • Gerald Rimpault, CEA, France
  • David Novog, McMaster University, Canada

CetinerSacit Cetiner (ORNL, USA)

Dr. Sacit Cetiner is a research scientist in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His current research activities include instrumentation and control system design and development for advanced reactors, autonomous control systems, system-level modeling and simulation.
Dr. Cetiner received his B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from Hacettepe University in Turkey, M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Penn State University. He is a member of American Nuclear Society, and is currently the Chair of the Human Factors, and Instrumentation and Controls Division.


Panel Title: Margin Management: Intersection of I&C and Safety Analysis


  • S. Cetiner, ORNL, USA
  • M. Cherubini, NINE, Italy
  • T. Quinn, Technology Resources, USA
  • S. Croft, ORNL, USA
  • J.P. Hudelot, CEA, France

dinh2Nam Dinh (NCSU, USA)

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. 


Panel Title: Interrelations between Thermal-hydraulics, Reactor Physics and Fuel Behavior modelling in BEPU methodology


  • K. Ivanov, NCSU, USA
  • A. Bouloré, CEA, France
  • K. Velkov, GRS, Germany
  • M. Avramova, NCSU, USA
  • E. Royer, CEA, France
  • N. Dinh, NCSU, USA
  • C. Schneidesch, TRACTEBEL, Belgium

EivanovEvgeny Ivanov (IRSN, France)

Dr. Evgeny Ivanov has PhD degree in mathematical physics and over 27 years of experience in nuclear engineering being graduated from National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute).
Working for long term on scientific management positions in leading Russian institutions (Institute for Physics and Power Engineering and National Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute") he led and coordinated numerous projects from feasibility studies and conceptual design to deployment of advanced and innovative nuclear power systems.
Nowadays he is working for French TSO “Institut de Radioprotection et de Surete Nucleaire” being involved in research programmes on experimental validation of numerical tools and evidence-based simulations.

Panel Session: BEPU AND V&V

Panel Title: BEPU – role of a phenomenological validation and integral experiments for maturing the predictive simulations


  • B. Rearden, ORNL, USA
  • J. Baccou, IRNS, France
  • A. Bouloré, CEA, France
  • K. Velkov, GRS, Germany

kozlowskiTomasz Kozlowski (University of Illinois, USA)

Dr. Tomasz Kozlowski is an Associate Professor of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he works since 2011. He received Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in 2005, where he worked on spatial homogenization methods for transport calculation and PARCS code development. He received Docent in Nuclear Power Safety at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011, where he worked on BWR stability, BWR safety and multi-physics coupling. His current research concentrates on reactor physics and thermal-hydraulics, multi-physics methods for reactor safety analysis, forward and inverse methods for uncertainty quantification.


Panel Title: Methodologies for Uncertainty Evaluation of BE Results: Advantages and Disadvantages of different Approaches


  • T. Kozlowski, University of Illinois, USA
  • J. Hou, NCSU, USA
  • H. Glaeser, GRS, Germany
  • A. Petruzzi, NINE, Italy
  • E. Ivanov, IRSN, France

APAlessandro Petruzzi (NINE, Italy)

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.


Panel Title: Are Best Estimate Methodologies also Best-Efforts?


  • A. Petruzzi, NINE, Italy
  • C. Frepoli, FPoliSolutions, USA
  • J. Le Pallec, CEA, France

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