Dr. Ivanov receives Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Marin Drinov Medal

Congratulations to Dr. Kostadin Ivanov, NC State Nuclear Engineering department head and professor, recipient of the Marin Drinov Medal. This medal is the highest honor awarded by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and recognizes Ivanov’s scientific achievements and contributions to cooperation between American and Bulgarian scientists in the field of nuclear science and engineering. Dr. Julian Revalski, president of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, made the presentation.

Dr. Ivanov is a member of the Nuclear Science Committee (NCD) of the Organization of Economic, Cooperation and Development (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), chair of the Working Party on Innovative Issues of Reactor Systems (WPRS) at NEA, member of Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) Board of Managers, member of the Science and Technology (S&T) Committee of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and a member of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) Advisory Board. He is an American Nuclear Society Fellow, and former chair for the Nuclear Engineering Department Head Organization (NEDHO).

Ivanov’s research involves the next generation stochastic and deterministic methods in reactor physics analysis, and nuclear cross-section generation and modeling. Ivanov also develops advanced methods for multi-physics coupling for design and safety applications and works on verification and validation methods, and uncertainty quantification and propagation in modeling and simulations.

He received a B.S. in nuclear engineering from the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, Russia. He received his Ph.D. in reactor physics from the Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy (INRNE), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He was a senior research scientist at INRNE and assistant professor at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria. He served as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Department of Nuclear Engineering and was a visiting scientist at the Research Center Rossendorf Inc. in Germany. Prior to joining the NC State faculty, he was a distinguished professor of nuclear engineering and graduate coordinator of nuclear engineering program at PSU.