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Jacopo Buongiorno elected 2023 NURETH Fellow

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Jacopo Buongiorno, Tokyo Electric Power Company Professor in Nuclear Engineering, has been selected as one of the 2023 NURETH Fellows. Established in 1980 by the Thermal Hydraulics Division of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), NURETH Fellows are appointed once every two years to recognize scholars who made “outstanding contribution to numerous International Topical Meetings on Nuclear Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics" (NURETH). Buongiorno is recognized for scholarly accomplishments and impact in the thermal-hydraulics field and for his exceptional contributions to NURETH conferences.

Buongiorno graduated with a PhD from the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT in 2000. He is Director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES) and the Director of Science and Technology at MIT's Nuclear Reactor Laboratory. He has published over 100 journal articles in the areas of reactor safety and design, two-phase flow and heat transfer, and nanofluid technology.

A global leader in his field, Buongiorno is a consultant for the nuclear industry in the area of reactor thermal-hydraulics, and a member of the Accrediting Board of the National Academy of Nuclear Training. He led the Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World Study which defined opportunities and challenges affecting the ability of nuclear energy technologies in meeting U.S. and global energy needs in a carbon-constrained world. Most recently he co-authored "An Assessment of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant for Zero-Carbon Electricity, Desalination, and Hydrogen Production" — the report which has been central to the discussions and decisions around the future of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant, and the role of nuclear energy in the US energy landscape.

Elected as an ANS Fellow in 2017, his numerous awards recognize contributions to teaching, research, and community engagement. In 2022 he received the ANS Presidential Citation for outstanding support of ANS Crisis Communications for his leadership of the ANS Rapid Response Taskforce on Ukraine

August 2023.
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