Farzad Rahnema, a professor of nuclear engineering and director of the Computational Reactor and Medical Physics Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been appointed editor-designate of the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Science and Engineering journal. Rahnema, an ANS Fellow and member since 1989, was named editor-designate on September 8 by ANS President Mary Lou Dunzik-Gougar, and he will begin his duties on October 1. He succeeds current editor Michael Corradini, who has been serving on an interim basis since Dan Cacuci retired from the role in November 2019.
He said it: “I am honored to be named the editor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the premier journal in its field,” Rahnema said. “I consider this appointment a strategic service to the American Nuclear Society and am especially excited for the opportunity to take NSE to the next level.”
Get to know him: Rahnema earned a bachelor’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. His principal research interest is in the areas of theoretical and computational radiation transport and reactor physics, with an emphasis on resolving the challenges and current major issues in high-fidelity modeling and simulation of nuclear systems.
Prior to joining Georgia Tech in 1992, Rahnema was a principal engineer at General Electric Nuclear Energy, where his responsibilities included GE’s 3D core simulator, PANACEA, used for reactor core design and as the engine for the 3D MONICORE system that monitors operating boiling water reactors.
Rahnema was the recipient of the 2019 ANS Gerald C. Pomraning Memorial Award for outstanding contributions toward the advancement of the fields of mathematics and computation in support of advancing the understanding of these topics of interest to the ANS membership.