New Department Chair Announcement: Max Fratoni

New Department Chair Announcement: Massimiliano Fratoni

July 1, 2023

Fratoni

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

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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.

NRC Completes Safety Review of Construction Permit Application For Kairos Test Reactor in Tennessee

NRC Completes Safety Review of Construction Permit Application For Kairos Test Reactor in Tennessee

June 15th, 2023

Logo courtesy of Kairos Power

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its Final Safety Evaluation Report for the Construction Permit Application for the Kairos Power Hermes Demonstration Reactor in Oak Ridge, Tennessee three months ahead of schedule. Read the NRC briefing.

UC Berkeley, along with MIT and UW Madison, played a central role in studying how to design and license FHRs.

NASA Open Science: Space Radiation and Biological Effects

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SPEAKER:
Dr. Sylvain V. Costes
Space Biosciences Research Branch Chief

Project Manager for Open Science for Space Biology (GeneLab/ALSDA)

Director of the Radiation Biophysics Laboratory

NASA Ames Research Center

DATE/TIME:
FRI, 04/28/2023 - 3:00PM TO 4:00PM
LOCATION:
3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL
Spring 2023 Colloquium Series

Abstract

The challenges and risks associated with deep space missions require new knowledge discovery tools and biomedical support capabilities. To support this shift, biological data needs to be findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable, and maximally open access. The NASA Open Science Data Repositories (OSDR) provide the ability to upload, download, search, share, analyze, and visualize data across various datasets. OSDR utilizes community-defined, common models for metadata and terminology to ensure that space data and results are discoverable and reproducible. I will discuss experiments hosted in OSDR and conducted in my lab using either human and mouse samples exposed to simulated space radiation and focusing on genetic factors associated with resilience to DNA damage from ionizing radiation. The RadLab project, which is hosted by OSDR, will also be discussed. This database archives dosimetry data collected by both European and American dosimeters located in the International Space Station. Lastly, the BioSentinel payload, launched during Artemis I, will be discussed. It has been collecting space radiation dosimetry while monitoring a biological payload with autonomous life support technologies in deep space.

Bio

Dr. Costes earned his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999. He has since led interdisciplinary research teams in academia and government institutions. Notably, he developed spatial statistics for fluorescence microscopy at the National Cancer Institute and worked on risk modeling for NASA and biomarker development for the DOE at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He co-founded Exogen Biotechnology Inc. in 2012, focused on DNA health monitoring, and later joined NASA in 2016 as project manager for Open Science for Space Biosciences, overseeing software development, systems biology, and incorporating AI/ML tools

Peter Hosemann Hosts UC Berkeley Manufacturing of Materials Workshop

Professor Peter Hosemann Hosts Manufacturing of Materials Workshop

March 29th, 2023

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UCBNE Professor Peter Hosemann assisted in hosting the workshop "Research & Development: Manufacturing of Materials for Industry Applications" March 27th-29th with members of industry, government and academia. 70 participants discussed the need for comprehensive materials evaluation in the context of manufacturing processes. Each day focused on a different topic, including hard materials and coating technologies, additive manufacturing and electronic materials processing.

The event was sponsored by UCB's Manufacturing 360 center.

Proton therapy: a perfect slice of physics, mathematics, and biology

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SPEAKER:

Ke Sheng, Ph.D.,

FAAPM, Professor and Vice Chair of Medical Physics

Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California, San Francisco

DATE/TIME:
FRI, 03/124/2023 - 3:00PM TO 4:00PM
LOCATION:
Zoom

Radiotherapy delivers an ionizing cytotoxic dose to both tumors and normal tissues. Research in the past decades has focused on reducing normal tissue dose. Protons emerged as an appealing modality for radiotherapy due to their superior physical properties. Compared with X-rays, protons release most of their energy at the Bragg peaks and leave no exit doses. The superior physical dose distribution also comes with a cost of range uncertainties. Besides the physical properties, protons also show intriguing radiobiological properties related to their variable energy transfer rates. These physical and biological properties create a mathematical optimization problem that is exciting and challenging. The talk will briefly describe the evolution of radiotherapy technology leading to modern proton therapy and then provide a deep dive into the proton planning problems.

Dr. Ke Sheng graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with B.S. and M.S. before obtaining his Ph.D. in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2004. He was then an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Virginia. In 2011, Dr. Sheng moved to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was promoted to Full Professor with Tenure and Director of Physics Research. In 2022, he joined UCSF Radiation Oncology as the Vice Chair of Medical Physics. He has broad research interests related radiotherapy and medical imaging, including treatment planning, optimization, image reconstruction, processing, machine learning, robotics and radiobiology. He was elected Fellow of AAPM in 2016. His research has been supported by NIH, DOE, and industrial partners.

Fall 2011 Colloquium

Fall 2011 Colloquium Archive

EM2 and Spinoff Technologies

November 28, 2011

SPEAKER: ROBERT SCHLEICHER DATE/TIME: MON, 11/28/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: EM2 is a helium-cooled fast reactor with a conversion ratio of near unity. It …

Neutron Generators for Active Interrogation Applications in Nuclear Safeguards and Homeland Security

November 21, 2011

SPEAKER: BERNHARD LUDEWIGT DATE/TIME: MON, 11/21/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: The Ion Beam Technology Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) is conducting …

Origins, Visions, Plans & Wave Reactors

November 14, 2011

SPEAKER: JOHN GILLELAND DATE/TIME: MON, 11/14/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: The traveling wave reactor concept and its potential benefits will be reviewed. The plan …

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams

November 7, 2011

SPEAKER: BRAD SHERRILL DATE/TIME: MON, 11/07/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: A quest of experimental nuclear science is to synthesize atoms made of unusual combinations …

The Attractiveness of Materials in Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycles for Various Proliferation and Theft Scenarios

October 31, 2011

SPEAKER: CHARLES BATHKE DATE/TIME: MON, 10/31/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: We must anticipate that the day is approaching when details of nuclear weapons design …

From Nuclear Medicine to Molecular Imaging: A Spectrum of Isotopes and New Molecular Probes

October 24, 2011

SPEAKER: HENRY VANBROCKLIN DATE/TIME: MON, 10/24/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: For nearly 90 years radioisotopes have been applied to image the in vivo biology …

Nuclear Energy and Health

October 17, 2011

SPEAKER: JERRY CUTTLER DATE/TIME: MON, 10/17/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: Energy needs worldwide are expected to increase for the foreseeable future, but fuel supplies …

Precision Beta-Delayed Neutron Spectroscopy Using Trapped Radioactive Ions

October 3, 2011

SPEAKER: NICHOLAS D. SCIELZO DATE/TIME: MON, 10/03/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: Neutrons emitted following the beta decay of fission fragments play an important role …

Gathering the Tools for a Renewed UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology: From Dose to Image to Dose

September 26, 2011

SPEAKER: JEAN POULIOT DATE/TIME: MON, 09/26/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: Radiation therapy, alone or in combination with other modalities, is involved in the treatment …

The Materials Test Station: A Fast Spectrum Irradiation Facility

September 19, 2011

SPEAKER: ERIC PITCHER DATE/TIME: MON, 09/19/2011 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2011 Colloquium Series Abstract: The proposed Materials Test Station, to be built at the Los Alamos Neutron Science …

Fall 2014 Colloquium

Fall 2014 Colloquium Archive

The Challenge of Peace: Public Opinion, the Reagan Administration, and the Movement to Freeze the Arms Race

December 8, 2014

SPEAKER: HENRY MAAR PH.D. CANDIDATE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, UCSB DATE/TIME: MON, 12/08/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: This talk explores the  role of public opinion …

Quantifying Uncertainty in Nuclear and Cross Section Data

December 1, 2014

SPEAKER: MORGAN WHITE, PH.D. LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY DATE/TIME: MON, 12/01/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: For the last five years, the nuclear data community …

Advanced Reactors Systems for Sustainable Nuclear Power

November 27, 2014

SPEAKER: MARK DEINERT, PH.D. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN DATE/TIME: MON, 11/17/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: The …

Superheavy Element Discovery and Chemistry at LLNL

November 24, 2014

SPEAKER: DAWN SHAUGHNESSY, PH.D. DEPUTY DIRECTOR,HEAVY ELEMENT DISCOVERY GROUP, LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY DATE/TIME: MON, 11/24/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: The heavy element group …

Kinetic analysis of criticality accident in weakly coupled fuel solution system

November 14, 2014

SPEAKER: PROFESSOR TORU OBARA PROFESSOR OF RESEARCH LABORATORY FOR NUCLEAR REACTORS, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR RESEARCH INTO INNOVATIVE NUCLEAR ENERGY SYSTEMS (CRINES), TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY …

Safety Countermeasure of Onagawa NPS after the Great East-Japan Earthquake, and the current situation of nuclear power in Japan

November 14, 2014

SPEAKER: AKIYOSHI OBONAI TOHOKU ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY DATE/TIME: MON, 11/14/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 180 DOE LIBRARY Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: On, March 11, a massive earthquake occurred at 2:46 p.m. …

Systematic Study of a Small, Long-life HTGR Design for Passive-Decay Heat Removal

November 14, 2014

SPEAKER: ODMAA SAMBUU DOCTORAL PROGRAM STUDENT, DEPARTMENT OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DATE/TIME: FRI, 11/14/2014 – 12:15PM TO 1:00PM LOCATION: 4101 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: Failure to remove …

Lessons Learned from CIRFT Testing Methodology in Applying to High Burn-up Spent Nuclear Fuel Vibration Integrity Study

November 3, 2014

SPEAKER: JOHN JY-AN WANG MATERIALS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY DIVISION OAK RIDGE NATIONAL LABORATORY, OAK RIDGE, TN DATE/TIME: MON, 11/03/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: A …

The CASL Energy Innovation Hub Development of the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications

October 27, 2014

SPEAKER: JESS C. GEHIN, PH.D. REACTOR TECHNOLOGY R&D INTEGRATION LEAD REACTOR AND NUCLEAR SYSTEMS DIVISION, ORNL DATE/TIME: MON, 10/27/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series Abstract: The …

Passivity; the Enabler of Our Reactive Metals-Based Civilization

October 20, 2014

SPEAKER: DIGBY D. MACDONALD, PH.D. DEPARTMENTS OF NUCLEAR ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY DATE/TIME: MON, 10/20/2014 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2014 Colloquium Series …

Fall 2015 Colloquium

Fall 2015 Colloquium Archive

Nuclear Safety: A Thought for the Future

December 16, 2015

SPEAKER: MAN-SUNG YIM, PHD/SCD PROFESSOR AND HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NUCLEAR AND QUANTUM ENGINEERING KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (KAIST) DATE/TIME: MON, 12/16/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY …

Muography, a Safe Way of Studying Volcanoes and Nuclear Reactors

December 8, 2015

SPEAKER: CRISTINA CARLOGANU, PH.D. CNRS SENIOR SCIENTIST  LPC CLERMONT FERRAND/ IN2P3 / BLAISE PASCAL UNIVERSITY DATE/TIME: MON, 12/08/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: Robust, high …

Evaluating the Impact of Ionizing Radiation with Modeling, Biomarkers and Live Cell Imaging

November 23, 2015

SPEAKER: SYLVAIN V. COSTES, PH.D PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR, BIOSCIENCES, LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY, CSO AND CO-FOUNDER OF EXOGEN BIOTECHNOLOGY INC. DATE/TIME: MON, 11/23/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium …

California Energy Commission 101

November 16, 2015

SPEAKER: KEVIN BARKER ADVISOR TO CHAIR WEISENMILLER THE CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION DATE/TIME: MON, 11/16/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: The California Energy Commission is the …

Radiation and Cancer : How advanced high energy and nuclear physics help in the fight against cancer

November 9, 2015

SPEAKER: DR. ERIC ABEL SENIOR SCIENTIST, GINZTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER, VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS DATE/TIME: MON, 11/09/2015- 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: Cancer is one of the leading …

The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

November 2, 2015

SPEAKER: JOHN ABREFAH, PH.D. SENIOR ENGINEER, DEFENSE NUCLEAR FACILITIES SAFETY BOARD DATE/TIME: MON, 11/02/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board …

Hydrogen Isotope Transport in the Graphite Fuel Elements of Fluoride-Salt Cooled, High-Temperature Nuclear Reactors (FHR)

October 26, 2015

SPEAKER: RALUCA O. SCARLAT, PH.D ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING PHYSICS AT UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MADISON DATE/TIME: MON, 10/26/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: The …

Underestimated: Our Not So Peaceful Nuclear Future

October 23, 2015

SPEAKER: HENRY SOKOLSKI, PH.D EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NONPROLIFERATION POLICY EDUCATION CENTER DATE/TIME: WED, 10/21/2015 – 12:00PM TO 1:00PM LOCATION: 310 SODA HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: With the world …

New Data on the Real Costs of Historical Nuclear Power Around the World

October 19, 2015

SPEAKER: JESSICA LOVERING SENIOR ANALYST AT THE BREAKTHROUGH INSTITUTE DATE/TIME: MON, 10/19/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series Abstract: While most studies of nuclear costs focus narrowly …

Rethinking Nuclear: How Can We Change the World’s Cumulative Carbon Emissions Soon Enough?

October 12, 2015

SPEAKER: JOSEPH LASSITER III, PH.D. SENIOR FELLOW, SENATOR JOHN HEINZ PROFESSOR OF MANAGEMENT PRACTICE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, RETIRED DATE/TIME: MON, 10/12/2015 – 4:00PM TO 5:00PM LOCATION: 3105 ETCHEVERRY HALL Fall 2015 Colloquium Series …

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