• Next Event:  NINE Headquarters, LUCCA (Italy), 22-26 March 2021
  • The courses will be held on-line, distributing the 30-35 hours in 7-8 working days with 4-5 hours per day
  • Each course will be run with a limited number (5-7) of participants to keep high quality standards
  • Registration Deadline: March 12, 2021

NRSHOT - Lecturers

•    A. Abarca (NCSU, USA)   •   A. Lyubarskiy (AeP, Russia)    
   M. Avramova (NCSU, USA)              

•   W. Giannotti (NINE, Italy)

•    S. Bzuni (NRSC, Armenia) •    N. Muellner (BOKU, Austria)  
•    M. Cherubini (NINE, Italy)   •    H. Lopez (NINE, Italy)    
•    D. De Luca (NINE, Italy)                         
•   A. Petruzzi (NINE, Italy)    



Dr. Agustin Abarca is currently a Senior Research Scholar in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He earns his Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Univesitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), Valencia, Spain, in 2017. Prior to joining NCSU as Postdoc Scholar in February of 2018, he held a full-time scientist position at UPV. His area of research interest includes thermal-hydraulics, multi-physics reactor simulation, nuclear fuel analysis, uncertainty quantification, and computational technology and programing applied to the coupling and/or the parallelization of simulation codes. In particular, he is focused on the development of multi-physics multi-scale coupling algorithms and interfaces for Best Estimate Nuclear Safety Analysis. Furthermore, he is participating in the development of the subchannel thermal-hydraulic code CTF under the umbrella of the different CASL/VERA collaborative projects. The management of the official CTF GitHub repository is among their priority tasks.

Courses: COBRA-TF-Beginner; TRACE

cherubiniDr. Maria Avramova is an Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department of North Carolina State University (NE NCSU). She is the Director of the Consortium for Nuclear Power (CNP) and the Director of the Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Modeling Group (RDFMG) at NCSU. Dr. Avramova earned her Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2007. Prior to joining PSU in 2001, she held a research scientist position at the Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria. After her graduation, Dr. Avramova has held positions at PSU of post-doctoral scholar, Assistant Professor, and Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering. She joined NE NCSU in 2015. Her background includes development, verification, and validation of thermal-hydraulics sub-channel, porous media, and CFD models and codes for reactor design, transient and safety computational analysis. Her latest research efforts have been focused on high-fidelity multi-physics simulations and on uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of reactor design and safety calculations. Dr. Avramova has led high visibility international projects such as the OECD-NEA/U.S. NRC BFBT benchmark, the OECD-NEA/U.S.NRC PSBT benchmark, and the OECD LWR UAM Benchmark. She has advised and graduated 12 PhD students, 19 MS students, and 38 MEng students. She has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of international conferences.


Courses: COBRA-TF-Beginner

bzuniDr. Suren Bznuni has 18 years of experience in deterministic safety assessment, nuclear reactor safety research and licensing. His field of expertise includes nuclear reactor physics, criticality safety, fuel safety, as well as independent safety assessment of licensee submittals for regulatory body decision making, drafting of national regulations and regulatory guides. He is experienced in PWR and WWER type technologies as well as NUHOMS technology for spent fuel dry storage. Dr. Bznuni holds PhD degree in Reactor Physics and Numerical Methods and Modeling from Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia. He was employed by Joint Institute for Nuclear Research as a scientific staff member from 1999-2002. Since 2003, Dr. Bznuni leads the Reactor Physics and Nuclear Fuel Group at NRSC. He is also Associate Professor at Yerevan State University involved in lecturing and nuclear safety research starting 2002. He is a member of the Reactor Physics Group at WWER Regulators Forum and International Technical Working Group (ITWG) on Nuclear Forensics.


Courses: PARCS & 3D NK-TH Coupling-Beginner

cherubiniDr. 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.


Courses: RELAP5-Beginner; RELAP5-Intermediate; RELAP5-Advanced

cherubiniDomenico De Luca is an engineer at the Nuclear and Industrial Engineering (N.IN.E.) in plant thermal hydraulics area. He graduated from the University of Pisa with a degree in Industrial and Nuclear Safety Engineering in 2008. He got the Master degree in Nuclear and Industrial Safety Engineering at the University of Pisa in 2013, with a thesis related to the analysis of the thermal-hydraulic system response of a PWR during LOCA and core blockage scenarios. During his master degree (2010-2011), he was a research assistant at the Nuclear Research Group of San Piero a Grado (GRNSPG) led by Prof. F. D’Auria at University of Pisa. Then, he spent 8 months (2011-2012) in internship at the Nuclear Engineering Department of Texas A&M University as non-affiliated student technician II, under the supervision of Prof. Y. A. Hassan. In 2011 he started to work in N.IN.E. (since its foundation) in the field of system thermal hydraulics, focusing mainly in safety and licensing analyses of NPP. He is involved also in several international IAEA and OECD/NEA activities.


Courses: RELAP5-Beginner; RELAP5-Intermediate; RELAP5-Advanced

cherubiniDr.Artur Lyubarskiy Dr. has over 33 year experience in the Nuclear Field. His field of expertise includes: Safety Assessment of Nuclear Installations (Nuclear Power Plants and Research Reactors); specific expertise in Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) for all events and hazards: internal IEs, internal hazards (fires/floods, etc.), external hazards (natural and human –induced); Integrated Risk-Informed Decision Making Process. He has worked in Russia, Europe and the United States, including over ten years for the Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Safety (SECNRS) of the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Russia, and 8 years for the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (Austria). He has been lecturing in more than 30 course on Safety  Assessment, PSA and IRIDM during his work for the IAEA between 2008-2015. He holds a PhD from the Atomic Energy Technology University in Obninsk (Russia). 


Courses: PSA-Beginner

giannottiDr. Walter Giannotti has PhD graduated in Nuclear Engineering at Pisa University. He is a senior nuclear engineering of the Nuclear and Industrial Engineering srl (NINE). He has more than twenty years of experience working in the system thermal-hydraulics safety analysis. He performed code applications for safety analysis o PWR, BWR, VVER and PHWR nuclear power plant related to thermal-hydraulic and severe accident analysis. He worked on Code Assessment (Relap, Cathare, Melcor, Smart) and Best Estimate Plus Uncertainty Methods (UMAE). From 1996 to 2012 he was a consultant of University of Pisa in the EU Tacis Project devoted to Deterministic safety analysis for VVER, RBMK and the preparation of the Chapter 15 of FSAR for the Argentinean NPP Atucha-2, SA analysis (Melcor, SCDAP, Gothic codes) of WWER (Temelin, Kozloduy), RBMK (Ignalina), PWR (Angra), PHWR (Atucha). He was senior expert in ”European Project for Technical Assistance for Implementing Nuclear Safety Project - Thermo-hydraulic experiments at the PSB-RBMK integral Test facility”. He performed, as tutor, courses concerning Nuclear Safety for VATESI-Lithuania (spent fuel), CNEN-Brasil (severe accident), CNPE-China (severe accident), ANRA-Armenia (safety analysis).  From 2013 is a consultant of IAEA for supporting the development of nuclear competences in severe accident. He is in the Task Group WGAMA - OECD for “Long-term management guide” and “Informing SAM guidance and actions”. In 2012 he worked as nuclear expert in the ”Final Design for the EUREX plant in Saluggia of the Waste Management Facility (WMF)”. He is qualified radioprotection expert (first level) and he is involved in radioprotection field (shielding and safety analysis) in nuclear and conventional environment.

Courses: Radiological Consequence Analysis

modroDr. Nikolaus Muellner is Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Institute for Safety and Risk Sciences ISR of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU. He is chairman of the International Nuclear Risk Assessment Group, INRAG. His fields of research include nuclear safety, nuclear installation licensing, deterministic and probabilistic safety analysis, severe accidents, but also renewable energy issues and general modeling of thermo-hydraulic systems. After completing his studies in physics at the University of Vienna, he worked for ten years at the Pisa University of Technology, Nuclear Research Group San Piero a Grado, before moving to the ISR. In his role as coordinator of the Licensing, he was e.g. scientifically responsibility for the development of the chapter "Accident and Transient Analysis" of the safety report of the nuclear power plant Atucha 2. He is a founding member of the company "Nuclear and Industrial Engineering s.r.l." N.I.N.E.
N. Müllner is the representative of Austria in the "Nuclear Safety Standards Committee" of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA 2013-2020 and adviser to the Austrian Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Nuclear Coordination. He is the author of numerous publications in journals, conference proceedings and specialist publications of the IAEA and OECD / NEA.


Courses: Radiological Consequence Analysis

hlopez Dr. Hector Lopez is currently an Engineer in the Plant Thermal-Hydraulics and Severe Accident areas at NINE. He obtained his MS in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Manchester on 2011 and later PhD in Nuclear Engineering and Management at the University of Tokyo in 2015 where he studied the effects of two-phase flow in safety systems (in special the effect of two-phase flow in BWR RCIC turbine efficiency). He has been involved in a national project promoted by the Government of Japan to evaluate the accident of Fukushima and asses with its decommissioning. He started working NINE on 2019. His field of expertise includes: development and qualification of evaluation models; analyses and research related to NPP behavior during accident conditions (design bases and design extension conditions) following a BE approach


Courses: MELCOR-Beginner; MELCOR-Intermediate; RELAP5-Advanced

APDr. 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. 


Courses: RELAP5-Beginner; RELAP5-Intermediate; RELAP5-Advanced