Uddin Selected as ANS Fellow


NPRE Prof. Rizwan Uddin
NPRE Prof. Rizwan Uddin
Prof. Rizwan Uddin has been selected as a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the organization’s highest membership grade, awarded to ANS members for outstanding accomplishment in any one of the areas of nuclear science and engineering.

An ANS member for 25 years, Uddin has been recognized for

  • seminal contributions to advance the understanding of density wave oscillations, nuclear-coupled density wave oscillations, and boiling water reactor stability
  • significant contributions to advance coarse mesh nodal methods and to relax the limitations on coarse mesh methods to make them applicable to a much larger class of engineering problems.

Uddin also is one of the pioneers in the development and use of 3D immersive, virtual reality systems and computer-games for education and training in the nuclear field. He directs the Virtual Education and Research Laboratory (VERL).  This work was featured as a cover story in the January 2013 edition of Nuclear News.

His research contributions have resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications in archival journals and conference proceedings.

Recently Uddin has been examining issues that arise as nuclear industry moves from analog to digital systems. In Spring 2013, he co-organized a major symposium on the Urbana campus addressing those challenges, and also led sessions on those issues at the 2013 ANS Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

For almost every semester that he has taught a class at Illinois, Uddin has appeared in the campus “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent.” He also has been the recipient of the departmental “Teacher of the Year Award” for over 10 of the last 17 years.

Three of his PhD advisees have received the ANS Mark Mills Award for the “best original technical paper contributing to the advancement of science and engineering related to the atomic nucleus.”

Uddin earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. He earned a master’s and PhD in NPRE in 1983 and 1987, respectively. After earning his degrees, Uddin started his academic career at the University of Virginia, returning to Illinois in 1996.

Uddin will be officially recognized as an ANS Fellow in June during the ANS Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada.