Dennis Whyte, the head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering announced today the appointment of Professor Jacopo Buongiorno as Associate Department Head, effective immediately.
Professor Buongiorno is an international leader in fission energy systems with expertise in multi-phase flow and heat transfer, advanced reactor design, reactor thermal-hydraulics and safety. His recent research has produced several innovations for fission energy including the use of nanofluids in nuclear applications, insights into the fundamentals of boiling, surface effects on boiling heat transfer, and the design of an offshore floating nuclear power plant.
Professor Buongiorno earned a B.S. and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the Polytechnic of Milan and MIT, respectively. He has won numerous awards, most recently, the MacVicar Faculty Award (MIT, 2014), and Landis Young Member Engineering Achievement Award (American Nuclear Society, 2011).
As Associate Head, Professor Buongiorno will broadly focus on academic organization and oversight. He will work closely with the Department’s Undergraduate and Graduate Committees, as well as the student body, in assuring a consistent and excellent educational program. In addition to his role as Associate Head, Professor Buongiorno is serving as acting director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES) at MIT.