Faculty News

Jiang joins Nuclear Engineering at NC State University

Dr. Wen Jiang joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering starting August 2023. Jiang expands the nuclear materials and fuel research area for the department.

Currently, he is a computational scientist with the Computational Mechanics and Materials Department at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Jiang leads the development of TRISO fuel modeling in INL’s BISON fuel performance code. He also actively contributes to the open-source MOOSE simulation framework and MOOSE Application Library for Advanced Manufacturing UTilitiEs (MALAMUTE).

Jiang received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the Duke University in 2015 and MS and BS in Aeronautic Science and Engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2009 and 2007. After the completion of his doctoral degree, he joined INL and worked in computational method development and materials modeling. His research is focused on the development of new numerical methods for multi-physics and multi-scale modeling of nuclear fuel and structural materials, with a particular emphasis on the important role played by interfaces and damages.

Marshall promoted to Extension Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Lisa Marshall, Director of Outreach, Retention & Engagement and Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs at the NC State Nuclear Engineering, has been promoted to Extension Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering. This position is the first in the nation for nuclear engineering programs and the first for our College of Engineering.

Marshall will bring 20+ years of experience and passion to her faculty position. Lisa currently teaches two first-year engineering courses. She developed and teaches an upper-level Energy Geographies course. Marshall is chair of NC State University Association of Women Faculty, co-leads the NC State Summer Program in Engineering & Social Sciences, and is ad honorem faculty at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. She is a member of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Global Forum Working Groups – achieving gender equity in nuclear engineering, technology and academic workforces; and, rethinking the relationship between nuclear energy and society. She is active in scholarship/fellowship matters at the departmental through national level and alumni relations. Marshall was appointed to the College of Engineering Broadening Participation and Inclusion Committee in 2020.

Most recently, Marshall received the 2022 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Social Responsibility in the Nuclear Community. Other recognitions include the 2022 ANS Presidential Citation for Education, Scholarship & Diversity, the 2020 NC State Engineering Champion for Women Award, the 2020 ANS Young Members Advancement Award, the 2019 NC State Outstanding Engagement Award, the 2009 ANS Landis Public Communications & Education Award, and the 2006 NC State College of Engineering Award of Excellence. She was also inducted into NC State’s Sigma Xi, a scientific research society.

She holds, or has held, executive positions in the American Nuclear Society (ANS), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). She is a member of Women in Nuclear (WIN).

Ivanov recognized as Distinguished Professor in Nuclear Engineering

Dr. Kostadin Ivanov, Professor and Department Head of Nuclear Engineering at NC State University, has been designated as a Professor of Distinction at NC State University. Such honors are reserved for NC State’s most exceptional scholars. His honorific professorship title is Distinguished Professor in Nuclear Engineering.

Ivanov is a member of the Nuclear Science Committee (NSC) 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 the 2021 recipient of the Marin Drinov Medal. This medal is the highest honor awarded by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, recognizing his scientific achievements and contributions to cooperation between American and Bulgarian scientists in the field of nuclear science and engineering. His research has been published in over three hundred (300) papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings. He has graduated one hundred eight (108) MEng, sixty-three (63) MS and forty-five (45) PhD students.

His expertise and experience are developing methods and computer codes for multi-dimensional reactor analysis including analysis of normal and abnormal operations. His latest work is in reactor simulations and sensitivity feedback including reactor design/optimization calculations, safety analysis, verification and validation (V&V), and uncertainty quantification, propagation, and reduction. Dr. Ivanov continues to lead multiple international benchmarks programs within OECD NEA.

NE Faculty Retreat 2022 – Bold Ideas for the Future

The supply list for this year’s Department of Nuclear Engineering Faculty Retreat, held on December 3, 2022 in Pinehurst, NC, was a little different. It contained multiple sets of colorful markers, green index cards, and various sizes of Post-it pads, including the grand 25”x30” size. Just like the supply list, the day’s agenda diverged from the usual PowerPoint presentations. Faculty were asked to step a little outside our comfort zones.

Jennifer Wilson, facilitator from New Leaf Coaching & Consulting, provided direction to the group. Objectives included drafting the 10-year vision statement for the department as well as identifying 4-5 strategic goals that align with global grand challenges and the department’s vision for education, research, and facilities. Wilson cultivated an environment to energize the faculty as they worked together to meet the retreat’s goals. She remarked, “[t]he faculty brought their best and boldest ideas forward throughout the day, sparking innovation through engaged and intentional conversation with each other. The sense of excitement in the room was palpable as the future of nuclear engineering was being co-created by the brilliant team of nuclear engineers at NC State.” The faculty will use the outcomes of the retreat to develop a clear and robust vision statement for the future of the department. Look for more details about this aspiration in 2023.