New Department Chair Announcement: Max Fratoni

New Department Chair Announcement: Massimiliano Fratoni

July 1, 2023


The UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department is pleased to announce our new department chair Massimiliano Fratoni.

Massimiliano Fratoni is Xenel Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB).

He received a Laurea in Nuclear Engineering from Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy), and a MSc and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior to joining the Nuclear Engineering Department at UCB, he held a Research Scientist position at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a faculty position at The Pennsylvania State University.

Prof. Fratoni’s main research interests are in sustainable nuclear energy through advanced reactors and advanced fuel cycles that maximize natural resource utilization and minimize nuclear waste. During his career, Prof. Fratoni has worked on several advanced reactor concepts including molten salt reactors, both solid and liquid fuel, sodium and lead cooled fast reactors, reduced moderation boiling water reactors, accident tolerant fuel and fusion reactors. He also worked on machine learning application in nuclear data and waste repository performance.

New Faculty Announcement: Bethany Goldblum

New Faculty Announcement: Bethany Goldblum

July 1st, 2023


The UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department is pleased to announce new faculty member Dr. Bethany L. Goldblum. She joins the department as an Associate Professor in Fall 2023.

Goldblum is a Faculty Scientist in the Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is also Executive Director of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium, a multi-institution initiative established by the National Nuclear Security Administration to train the next generation of nuclear security experts. Her research explores fundamental and applied nuclear physics, proliferation detection, and nuclear weapons policy. Goldblum leads the Bay Area Neutron Group, a research team focused on neutron detection for nuclear security applications, and founded and directs the Nuclear Policy Working Group, an interdisciplinary team of scholars developing policy solutions to strengthen global nuclear security. She has been involved with the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Boot Camp nearly since its inception, and acted as director of the program since 2014. She is the author of more than 100 publications on nuclear science and policy issues and recipient of the 2020 James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building, and Communication. Goldblum received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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