He is a lead risk analysis engineer at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the primary or key investigator in multiple Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) projects, including common cause failure analysis, simulation-based dynamic external flood analysis, nuclear operating experience data analysis, SPAR integrated capability model, SPAR model maintenance, and DOE Risk Informed Safety Margin Characterization projects. Prior to joining INL, he worked at Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant as a PRA engineer and Beijing Institute of Nuclear Engineering as a nuclear system and design engineer. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in nuclear reactor engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and his master’s and doctorate degrees in nuclear engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He serves on the ASME/ANS Jointed Standard Committee on Nuclear Risk Management Subcommittee on Standard Development, the ANS Professional Engineering Examination Committee, and the ANS Nuclear Installation Safety Division Executive Committee.
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.”
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