He is a chemical engineer at Argonne National Laboratory with specializations in process analysis and modeling, and experimental validation of breadboard reactor systems. His interests include the design and technoeconomic analysis of lithium-ion batteries and production process of these batteries and their supply chain. He is responsible for the continuing development of BatPaC, a spreadsheet tool used for the design of lithium ion batteries and to estimate their cost. He is active in the analysis of vehicle batteries and production processes. He has conducted extensive analytical and experimental studies on the development of portable and distributed hydrogen production processes. These studies include the development of catalysts, reactor designs for the conversion of liquid and gaseous fuels to hydrogen, breadboard demonstrations, hydrogen concentrators, along with modeling studies of fuel cell systems, hydrogen production processes, and materials used in the production of lithium-ion batteries.
He is a staff research scientist working in the Nuclear System Design and Analysis Division at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He has expertise in heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermal design, thermodynamics and nuclear safety analyses. Over the last few years, he has been researching high temperature heat exchanger design and optimization, system integration and power conversion systems, and safety and reliability for Advanced Reactor Concepts, and also has extensive experience in the design and construction of large-scale experimental systems for nuclear and thermal-hydraulic research. He has more than 12 years of research and development experience in nuclear/thermal engineering and has been involved in several academic, industrial, and cross-discipline national laboratory research projects. He is currently working to develop a new multi-loop, multi-fluid advanced test facility designed to examine thermal hydraulic and materials issues associated with advanced nuclear reactor technologies. He has authored two books; contributed chapters to technical books on advanced reactors, thermal systems and process heat transfer; published over 100 peer-reviewed publications; and served as the INL lead for numerous partnerships. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He obtained his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering with concentration in robotics and controls from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in nuclear engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in engineering management from University of Idaho, and doctorate in nuclear engineering from University of Idaho.
He is a senior nuclear reactor physicist and a fellow in the Nuclear Science and Technology Directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). He has extensive experience in reactor physics, criticality safety, depletion and spent fuel characterization, cross-section processing, and computer code verification and validation. He joined INL in 2010 from Oak Ridge National Laboratory to assume a leadership role in reactor physics methods and applications, supporting both the INL Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) and Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT). He is currently the principal investigator and research director for development and validation of a modeling and simulation capability for TREAT under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation program (NEAMS). He also served as a technical lead for design, methods development, and validation for the conversion of ATR to Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) under the DOE Office of Material Management and Minimization. He is the primary developer of the NEWT and TRITON reactor physics computer codes released within the SCALE code system for nuclear analysis. He holds degrees in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University and is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). He has served as session organizer and chair for numerous technical sessions at national conferences. He has more than 100 publications in journals, conference proceedings, and national laboratory reports related to computational methods and applications in reactor physics, radiation transport, criticality safety and depletion methods for spent nuclear fuel.
He is a research and development (R&D) staff member in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Building Technology Research and integration Center (BTRIC) with more than 20 years of experience in the field of building energy performance. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction (BD+C) and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified simulator, and has actively participated in several LEED and sustainability projects and contributed significantly in building energy software product developments. In recent years, his focus is on fenestration research, module development for EnergyPlus, whole building energy simulation, manual and auto calibration, industrial energy data analysis for energy savings impact, building energy monitoring and performance analysis, and the evaluation and integration of energy efficient technologies in buildings. He currently serves on the NFRC Board of Directors.
He completed his academic education at the University of Genoa in Genoa, Italy (bachelor’s and master’s in electronics engineering and a doctorate in electrical engineering) then awarded a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) fellowship for a post-doctoral appointment at the University of California at Berkeley in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He conducted research in support of the U.S. Department of Energy fusion program starting at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and at Science Application International Corporation, involved in modeling and simulation and high-performance computing. He then worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center in the Shuttle, Constellation, and International Space Station programs focusing on both hardware and software research and development (R&D) in plasma propulsion, electromagnetic compatibility, and space power systems. During that time, he also developed academic liaisons at University of Houston - Clear Lake as an adjunct professor then research assistant professor in the Physics Department. He also served as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute in the Power Delivery and Utilization sector, and as chief scientist at NPL Associates Inc., a small firm focused in plasma and nuclear technologies. More recently, he joined the senior R&D staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Electrical and Electronics Systems Research Division.
His research spans computational and experimental materials science across fields, including solar energy, energy storage, and energy conversion. Much work has focused on the electronic, optical, and optoelectronic properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, emphasizing the relationships among defects, electronic structure, surface/interface effects, and device performance with a theme of enabling materials by design. He employs advanced predictive materials modeling methods in conjunction with advanced synthesis and characterization techniques. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), he leads a team of about a dozen computational materials scientists as the deputy group leader of the Quantum Simulations Group and oversees collaborations with experimental groups both internal and external to LLNL. He was a LLNL fellow and Scowcroft National Security fellow at LLNL, and a Hertz Fellow at Stanford where he received his doctorate. He was recently elected a young leader of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).
He is a research scientist with the Seismic Research Group at Idaho National Laboratory. His research interests include numerical and experimental simulations of structural and earthquake engineering problems, seismic risk mitigation, and probabilistic risk assessment. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and has master’s and doctorate degrees in civil engineering from the University at Buffalo.
He has more than 10 years of industrial and research experience in automation, instrumentation, and control. He holds a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in information technology and automation systems from Esslingen University of Applied Science in Germany, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan. In 2015, he joined Idaho National Laboratory as a research and development scientist with special focus on nuclear automation, instrumentation, and control. Before earning his doctorate, he worked at Asea Brown Boveri for 6 years and was a lead distributed control systems engineer by 2010. While pursuing his degree, he researched various nuclear engineering topics at Texas A&M University and worked for a year at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He also worked for Daimler Chrysler-Mercedes Group and Fraunhofer Institute for Production and Automation in Germany. He is a senior Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) member and author of several publications and technical reports. He is also a reviewer of nuclear energy and IEEE journals and U.S. Department of Energy grants.
With 23 years of experience in engineering design, safety, and analysis of nuclear and energy systems, he has served as a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories since 1995, as well as a research associate professor at the University of New Mexico since 2012. His key areas of expertise include computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, dimpling, swirl, advanced manufacturing, and heat transfer. He is experienced with gas, water, molten salt, and heavy-water cooled reactors, including large, small, and miniature reactors. His primary technical achievements include right-sized dimpling, the LIKE algorithm, design of advanced fire sprinklers, isotropic turbulence decay model, development of five new vortices, a vortex unification theory, dynamic swirl modeling, and central recirculation zone modulation. He earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico, as well as a doctorate in philosophy and apologetics from Trinity Seminary and College. He earned two master’s degrees in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico and mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering from the University of California - Santa Barbara. He is currently writing an engineering book for the Springer Publishing Company entitled, “Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence Modeling.”
Dr. James A. Dyer (Jim) is an Advisory Engineer in the Environmental Modeling Group at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, South Carolina. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, MCE in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware, and Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry from the University of Delaware. Before joining SRNL in 2016, Jim spent 32 years with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware where he was a Chemical Engineering Principal Consultant in DuPont Engineering Research and Technology. Jim is an innovative leader in applying chemical and environmental engineering principles, know-how, and simulation tools to solve challenging technical problems of significant environmental concern. He has thirty-four years combined experience in plant process engineering, environmental and chemical engineering consulting, process and product development, and project engineering. Jim’s areas of expertise include mercury fate and transport, soil and groundwater remediation, geochemical modeling, reaction kinetics, aqueous thermodynamics, water and wastewater treatment, air emissions control, and pollution prevention. He is an experienced user of The Geochemist’s Workbench, OLI Software Suite, and HELP model.
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