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Dr. Farzad Rahnema received his PhD from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1981. He joined Georgia Institute of Technology in October 1992 and is currently Professor and Chair of the Georgia Tech Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs. He also holds an adjunct Professor appointment at the Emory University Radiation Oncology Department. From 1981 to 1992, Dr. Rahnema was at General Electric Nuclear Energy and was responsible for Monte Carlo Benchmark Methods and GE’s 3-D Nuclear/Thermal Hydraulics BWR Core Simulator PANACEA used for core design and monitoring. He led the development of three versions (8-10) of the simulator.
Dr. Rahnema’s recent research activity and interest have been in the areas of reactor and medical physics methods development, transport theory, perturbation theory and variational methods. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and Chair of the ANS Mathematics and Computation Division.
Professor Bekhzod Yuldashev is presently working as professor consultant at the Center for International Security and Cooperation ( CISAC) of Stanford University. From June 2006 till December 2009 he served as scientific consultant at International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna (Austria). From 1990 till 2006 he was director general of the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He also served as president of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences in 2000-2005.
He is a full member of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member of National Academy of Sciences of Kazakhstan, a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences of Islamic Countries and some other scientific academies and societies. He is Honorary Doctor of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research-JINR (Dubna, Russia), the Honorary Professor of Samarkand State University, was Visiting Fellow of Indiana University (Bloomington, USA) and Cambridge University (UK). He has been elected as a member of International Scientific Council of JINR (1992-2002), member of the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Applications, SAGNA (IAEA, Vienna, 2002-2006), the Chairman of Uzbekistan Scientific Council on Awarding doctoral ranks in nuclear sciences (1991-2006), head of Nuclear Department of Tashkent State University (1994-2000).
He is awarded by the State Prize in Science and Technology (1983), the Science and Technology ECO International Prize (2004), the order “For Glorious Work” (Uzbekistan, 2003) etc.
Professor Bekhzod Yuldashev graduated from Tashkent and Moscow universities (1968) and got his Candidate Degree ( PhD) in 1971 at JINR and Full Professor degree (Doctor of Physics and Mathematics) in 1981. He was spokesman of two experiments performed at Fermi National Laboratory (Batavia, US) and at Canadian nuclear center “TRIUMF” (Vancouver BC) by two international teams involving physicists from Uzbekistan, Russia, US and Canada. In 1977-1978, 1980-1981 and 1989-1990 he was visiting professor at Physics Department of University of Washington (Seattle, USA) and in 2007 at CISAC, Stanford University (Stanford, USA).
His research covered particle and nuclear physics and nuclear applications. He published more than 200 papers and has more than 20 patents. He was scientific supervisor of 27 PhD and 6 Full Professor theses.
In last 15 years Professor Yuldashev is deeply involved in non-proliferation and nuclear applications projects. In particular, he led projects on upgrading physical protection of research reactors, on utilization of highly radioactive sources, development of systems to prevent illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials, the conversion of research reactors to low enriched fuel, the return of highly enriched spent fuel from research reactors to country-origin. Being consultant at IAEA Professor Yuldashev was working on performance of Russian Research Reactor Spent Fuel Return Program and wrote the IAEA technical book on lessons learned from shipments of highly enriched spent fuel from research reactors to country-origin.
Mr. Quinn has over 35 years experience in managing nuclear and fossil utility contracts and personnel in support of both project and supplemental assignments at various utilities in the U.S. He is past President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) (1998-1999). He has managed and performed projects in licensing and compliance, electrical and controls design, startup and operation, including Standards development for the Instrument Society of America (ISA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and is the author of over 50 papers and presentations on nuclear instrumentation and control subjects. He has been an instructor at the MIT Summer Reactor Safety Course for over 15 years, the IAEA for the past 5 years, and a Board member of three nuclear companies and the nuclear engineering programs at both Oregon State and The Ohio State University. He currently provides the licensing support for the six awarded IOM nuclear projects in China. In 2009, he was awarded the highest award in IEC, the 1906 Award, for the development of standards.
Mr. Quinn hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA, and a Masters in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
BS – Nuclear Engineering – University of Virginia – 1978
MS, PhD – Nuclear Engineering – University of Michigan – 1983
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory – 1983-present
Areas of Expertise:
reactor physics, neutron and photon transport theory, neutron noise analysis, Monte Carlo methods, nodal kinetics, neutron noise analysis, molecular dynamics simulations
Past chair of the American Nuclear Society Mathematics and Computation Division, technical advisor to the Rickover Fellowship Program in Nuclear Engineering