Christopher Perfetti

Christopher Perfetti, an assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Reactor Physics Division Early Career Reactor Physicist Award.

The award recognizes early career members of the Reactor Physics Division who have made significant contributions to the field of reactor physics. Perfetti is one of two 2024 recipients of the award.

Prior to his appointment at UNM, Perfetti was a research and development scientist in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he developed the CE TSUNAMI-3D code for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis and served as the Sensitivity/Uncertainty Analysis Method Team Lead for the SCALE Code Package.

He received both bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012 under the mentorship of Professor Bill Martin. His dissertation work developed algorithms for adjoint-weighted sensitivity analysis using continuous-energy Monte Carlo methods with improved computational efficiency and reduced memory requirements.

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The award was established in 2013. Additional information can be found on the ANS website.