Application for CASL Summer Institute 2019

Application for CASL Summer Institute 2019

February 4th, 2019


"The deadline for application for CASL Institute is March 15. Please encourage your students to apply.

CASL: The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors Education Program is excited to announce the registration for fourth annual CASL Summer Intensive. Please plan to join us at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC on August 5-16, 2019.

The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) Institute will introduce participants to CASL and the Virtual Environment for Reactor Applications (VERA) framework and component codes. Through the CASL Institute, participants will receive instruction on radiation transport, thermal hydraulics, fuel performance, multi-physics coupling and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. Over the course of the Institute, through both lecture and practical work sessions, participants will learn how to use individual component codes through the VERA framework (MPACT, COBRA-TF, and BISON ) will be able to run a variety of test problems. In addition, the Institute will include instruction on and practice in utilizing high performance computing resources. After successful completion of the Institute and meeting certification requirements by completing a team project, participants will earn the CASL-VERA Certificate. An overview of the current draft agenda is attached.

In order to participate for this innovative gathering please use the following link to apply for admission for the CASL Institute:

This is an application and does not guarantee admission.

Application deadline is March 15. Students who are accepted to participate in CASL Institute 2019 will be informed by April 12.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Sherry Bailey at or (919) 515-1897."

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Dr. Raluca Scarlat joins the UCB Nuclear Engineering Faculty

Dr. Raluca Scarlat joins the UCB Nuclear Engineering Faculty

January 31, 2019

Raluca Scarlat_website photo

Raluca O. Scarlat, a UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. Alumna (2012), is returning as our newest faculty member. With a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University (2006) also under her belt, she will be leading studies in Chemical and termophysical characterization of high-temperature molten salts and other inorganic fluids, and heat and mass transport pertaining to energy systems; Electrochemistry, corrosion, thermodynamics; Nuclear reactor safety analysis, licensing and design; and engineering ethics.

Welcome to the family, Raluca!

Raluca O. Scarlat
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NSSC Featured on NNSA Website

NSSC featured on NNSA website

December 14th, 2018


In an article titled "Academic consortium takes learning about nuclear science on the road", the National Nuclear Scurity Administration highlights the accomplishments of the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium.

Read the entire article here:

Excerpt from the article:

The Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) – an NNSA-funded academic program led by the University of California, Berkeley – took their mission on the road to reach a broader audience in 2018.

The consortium of eight universities took a creative approach to educating and training the next generation of nuclear professionals.

“NSSC spearheaded many activities this year to give students and mentors throughout the Nuclear Security Enterprise a chance to build connections and showcase their work,” said Dr. Edward Watkins, Assistant Deputy Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development. “These activities allowed consortium participants to work together on creative projects and update peers in person on progress of their research.”

One of the first events to take center stage took place at NNSA’s annual University Program Reviewhosted by University of Michigan in July. Along with partner consortia, NSSC fellows presented their work to peers and other nuclear security professionals.

NE Advisory Board Member Rita Baranwal, nominated for Assistant Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy

NE Advisory Board Member Rita Baranwal, nominated for Assistant Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy



Rita Baranwal has been nominated to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy at the Department of Energy. As Assistant Secretary of Energy, if confirmed by the Senate, Ms Baranwal will be heading the powerful Office of Nuclear Energy. She would also be responsible for the department's nuclear technology research and the development and management of the department's nuclear technology infrastructure. Full Article.


University of California, Berkeley ranks 3rd on College Magazine’s “Top 10 Colleges for Engineering Majors”

University of California, Berkeley ranks 3rd on College Magazine's "Top 10 Colleges for Engineering Majors"

September 24, 2018

In an article released on August 9, 2018 on,UC Berkeley ranks 3rd nationwide on the list of "top 10 colleges for engineering majors that will have you rebuilding the world in no time."

The article boasts UC Berkeley's five (5) Engineering Buildings, including the massive Bechtel Engineering Center which "houses computers and rooms for students to rent out to work on research like robotic exoskeletons for the disabled or molecular surgery to improve cancer outcomes." Also the University's "prominent research in the computer engineering and science field" mentioning the Agile Design of Efficient Processing Technologies (ADEPT) projectand Data-X Lab.

A video from 2013 is also displayed, introducing many UCB Engineering students including 1 of our very own Sasha Asgnari who at the time of the video release was a 1st Year Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. Student. The video lists their testimonies about what make UCB Engineering one of the best.

Check out the original article here:

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