Turinsky named AAAS Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Paul Turinsky, emeritus professor of nuclear engineering at NC State University. He has been named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This honor recognizes a lifetime of pioneering research, teaching and mentorship, as well as engagement. Turinsky is one of five tenured faculty members and an adjunct professor from NC State University College of Engineering elected with 489 as fellows.

Dr. Turinsky played a key leadership role as chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy-funded (DOE) Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL). He has contributed three books and numerous peer-reviewed technical publications. Paul is a recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Glenn Murphy Award, the Edison Electric Institute Power Engineering Educator Award, the U.S. DOE E.O. Lawrence Award in Atomic Energy, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Eugene P. Wigner Reactor Physics Award and the ANS Arthur Holly Compton Award. At NC State, he is a past winner of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension, among many other honors. Dr. Turinsky is a Fellow of ANS and a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the American Society for Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Turinsky’s areas of expertise are computational reactor physics in support of mathematical optimization of fuel management and nuclear fuel-cycle multi-objective decisions; uncertainty quantification and data assimilation in support of optimum experimental design applied to nuclear power plant safety and fuel-cycle assessments; and adaptive model refinement applied to nuclear power plant transient simulation.  He received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1966 and his Master of Science (MS), and PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1970, respectively. He also received an MBA in 1979 from the University of Pittsburgh. He joined NC State University College of Engineering as a faculty member in 1980 and served as head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering from 1980 to 1988 and again from 1999 to 2006.

AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society with over 120,000 members, is the publisher of the journal Science. It has been awarding fellowships since 1874. Fellows are elected each year by their peers serving on the Council of AAAS, the organization’s member-run governing body. The title recognizes important contributions to STEM disciplines. This recognition has been bestowed to inventor Thomas Edison (1878), sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois (1905), anthropologist Margaret Mead (1934), computer scientist Grace Hopper (1963), physicist Steven Chu (2000), and astronaut Ellen Ochoa (2012).

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