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K-State Today

January 27, 2014



MIT researcher to discuss nuclear reactor physics challenges

By Jeremy Roberts

Kord Smith from MIT will discuss the research challenges remaining in nuclear reactor physics methods. He will highlight some of the impacts reactor physics research has on disciplines far removed from reactor physics. Smith will interweave his observations on the deficiencies and challenges in the teaching reactor physics from the perspective of a newly-minted professor with 30 years of industrial experience.

Location: 135 Ward Hall
Time: 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27

Smith received his doctorate in 1980 from MIT and bachelor's from K-State in 1976, all in nuclear engineering. After a brief period at Argonne National Laboratory, Smith co-founded the U.S. branch of Studsvik Scandpower, a global leader in nuclear reactor analysis methods and services, where he led technical development for nearly 30 years. More recently, Smith returned to MIT as a professor in nuclear engineering and currently serves as chief scientist for the Department of Energy's Office of Science Center for Exascale Simulation of Advanced Reactors, or CESAR.

Come and welcome one of our department's most distinguished alumni.