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Kathryn D Huff
Kathryn D Huff

Kathryn D Huff

Assistant Professor
(217) 300-3132
118 Talbot Laboratory

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Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, 2013
  • University of Chicago, B.A., Physics, 2008

Biography

Dr. Kathryn D. Huff is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and and a Blue Waters Assistant Professor with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow with both the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California - Berkeley. As a PhD student, she helped to reimagine the GENIUSv2 fuel cycle simulator and became the primary developer of the Cyclus simulator in its initial phase. In addition, she collaborated with the Systems Analysis group at Idaho National Laboratory to develop the Fuel Cycle Simulator Software Requirements that defined the goals and expectations for the Next Generation Fuel Cycle Simulator. She received her PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2013 as a student of Professor Paul P.H. Wilson. Her undergraduate degree was in Physics from the University of Chicago. Her PhD dissertation and postdoctoral work both focused on development of software for nuclear engineering applications such as the Cyclus simulator, PyNE, and extensions to MOOSE. She is particularly interested in robust modeling and simulation of advanced reactors emphasizing scientific software engineering best practices.

Academic Positions

  • May-Aug 2003, Research Assistant, LANSCE-3, Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
  • Jun-Sep 2004, Research Assistant, LANSCE-3, Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
  • Jun-Sep 2006, Research Assistant, Chicago-Chile Research Exchange Program, Universidad de Chile, Physics Dept.
  • Jan 2005-Jun 2008, Research Assistant, Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research, Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
  • Jun-Aug 2010, Graduate Research Assistant, Systems Analysis Campaign, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Jun 2008-Aug 2013, Graduate Research Assistant, Computational Nuclear Engineering Research Group, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Jun 2011-Aug 2013, Laboratory Graduate Research Appointee, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Sep 2013-Aug 2014 (100%), Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California - Berkeley, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium
  • Sep 2013-Jul 2016 (50%), Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California - Berkeley, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium
  • Aug 2014-Jul 2016, (50%), Data Science Fellow, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
  • Aug 2016-Present (100%), Assistant Professor, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Aug 2016-Present (0%), Affiliate Faculty, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois
  • Aug 2016-Present (0%), Blue Waters Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
  • Jan 2017-Present (0%), Affiliate Faculty, Computational Science and Engineering, University of Illinois

Major Consulting Activities

  • Subject Matter Expert, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Academic Program Review, Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ, 2018-2019

Other Professional Activities

  • Member, Program Advisory Board, Digital Information Technology Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 630 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2200, New York, NY, 10111​, 2018-present

Student Organizations

  • UIUC Women in Nuclear, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering. 2017-2019
  • UIUC American Nuclear Society, Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering. 2016-present

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

http://arfc.npre.illinois.edu/positions/postdoc/

Graduate Research Opportunities

http://arfc.npre.illinois.edu/positions/grad/

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

http://arfc.npre.illinois.edu/positions/ugrad/

Research Interests

  • Scientific computing education
  • Repository system performance modeling
  • Open & reproducible scientific computing
  • Computational methods for optimization and prediction
  • Advanced data analysis for radioisotope identification
  • Coupled multi-physics simulation
  • Reactor neutronics and kinetics
  • Nuclear fuel cycle simulation
  • Advanced nuclear reactor modeling and simulation

Research Areas

  • Advanced Reactor Designs
  • Multi-Physics Modeling and Simulation
  • Reactor Physics
  • Reliability and Risk

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Invited Lectures

Magazine Articles

Reports

  • G. Chee, R. Fairhurst, and K. Huff, Transition Scenario Demonstrations of CYCAMORE Demand Driven Deployment Capabilities, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Technical Report UIUC-ARFC-2019-03, Jun. 2019.
  • A. Rykhlevskii and K. Huff, Milestone 2.1 Report: Demonstration of SaltProc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Milestone Report UIUC-ARFC-2019-04 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3355649, Jun. 2019.
  • A. Chaube and K. D. Huff, Dynamic Transition Analysis With The Integrated Markal-EFOM System (TIMES): International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) Project Report, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Technical Report UIUC-ARFC-2019-02, May 2019.
  • K. D. Huff, Identifying MSR Multiphysics Modeling Challenges, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Technical Report UIUC-ARFC-2019-01, Feb. 2019.
  • P. Sabharwall, N. Anderson, P. Marotta, and R. Christensen, MicroNuclear Battery Thermal and Fluid Analysis and Multiphysics Modeling Challenges, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID, INL Limited Distribution INL/LTD-19-52963, Feb. 2019.
  • A. L. Heald, E. A. Miernicki, R. E. Fairhurst, A. J. Margenot, K. D. Huff, and C. S. Brooks, Investigation of Agricultural Uses of Nuclear Waste Heat. UIUC Technical Report. October, 2018., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, UIUC Technical Report, Oct. 2018.
  • J. W. Bae, G. Chee, and K. Huff, Numerical Experiments for Verifying Demand Driven Deployment Algorithms, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, Graduate Report UIUC-ARFC-2018-01, Apr. 2018.
  • J.W. Bae, K.D. Huff, Non-algorithmic capability gaps for cyclus and cycamore transition analyses, Graduate Report UIUC-ARFC-2017-02, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2017
  • G. Ridley, A. Lindsay, M. Turk, K. Huff, Multiphysics analysis of molten salt reactor transients, Undergraduate Report UIUC-ARFC-2017-01, Urbana, IL: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2017
  • C. Andreades, A.T. Cisneros, J.K. Choi, A.Y.K. Chong, D.L. Krumwiede, L.R. Huddar, K. Huff, M.R. Laufer, M.O. Munk, R.O. Scarlat, J. Seifried, N. Zweibaum, E. Greenspan, P.F. Peterson, Technical description of the Mark 1 pebble-bed fluoride-salt-cooled high-temperature reactor (PB-FHR) power plant, U.C. Berkeley Nuclear Engineering, Report UCBTH-14-002, 2014
  • K. Huff, T.H. Bauer, Benchmarking a new closed-form thermal analysis technique against a traditional lumped parameter, Finite-Difference method, Argonne National Laboratory, (FCRD-UFD-2012-000142), July 2012
  • K. Huff, W.M. Nutt, FY12 Sensitivity studies using the UFD clay generic disposal system model, Argonne National Laboratory, July 2012
  • K. Huff, B. Dixon, L. Braase, Next generation fuel cycle simulator functions and requirements document, Idaho National Laboratory (FCRD-SYSA-2010-000110), July 2010
  • K. Huff, Digital filtering application to the lead slowing down spectrometer, Los Alamos Neutron Science Center. August 2004 (awarded Los Alamos distinguished student award.)
  • K. Huff, Excess single event effects in the second chip of a series, Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, August 2003

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Board, Nuclear Engineering and Design, 2020-present
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Nuclear Technology, 2018-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Open Source Education, 2018-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Open Source Software, 2016-present
  • Co-Editor, Proceedings of the SciPy Scientific Python Conference 2013, 2015, & 2017

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Technical Program Committee, Physics of Reactors (PHYSOR), 2021
  • Technical Program Committee, Technical Workshop on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Simulation, Paris, France, 2020
  • Chair, Technical Workshop on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Simulation, Urbana, IL, 2019
  • Publications Chair, GLOBAL Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seattle, WA, 2019
  • Program Committee & Proceedings Chair, Scientific Python Conference, Austin, TX, 2017
  • Organizing Committee, Technical Workshop on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Simulation, Columbia, SC, 2017
  • Technical Program Committee, International High Level Radioactive Waste Management, Charlotte, NC, 2017

Presentations

Other Scholarly Activities

  • SciFoo Camper, 2018. Google X, Mountain View, CA

Professional Societies

  • Immediate Past Chair, Ex-Officio, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2017-2018
  • Chair, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2016-2017
  • Vice Chair, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2015–2016
  • Secretary-Treasurer, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2013–2015
  • Secretary, Young Members Group, American Nuclear Society, 2013–2014
  • Member, Next Generation Leadership Committee, Waste Management Symposium, 2013–2014

Service on College Committees

  • Member, College of Engineering Marketing Strategic Planning Workgroup, 2019
  • Member, Instructional Facility Working Group, 2017-2018

Service on Campus Committees

  • Steering Committee Member, Illinois Data Science Initiative, 2018

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy University Program, Scholarship Review Panel, 2019, 2020

Other Outside Service

  • Reviewer, PLoS Biology
  • Reviewer, Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Reviewer, Nuclear Engineering and Design
  • Reviewer, Nuclear Technology
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Energy Research
  • Reviewer, IEEE Computing in Science and Engineering
  • Reviewer, Nuclear Engineering and Technology
  • Reviewer, Annals of Nuclear Energy
  • Reviewer, Progress in Nuclear Energy
  • Executive Committee Member, Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments Alumni Committee. 2019-2020
  • Proceedings Co-Chair, SciPy, Scientific Python Conference, 2015, 2017
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Software Carpentry Foundation 2014–2015
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, SciPy, Scientific Python Conference, 2013–2014
  • Co-Founder, Nuclear Pride, LGBTQA Organization, 2011–2013
  • Moderator, Organizer, Panelist, inSCIght Scientific Computing Podcast, 2011–2013
  • Co-Founder, Treasurer, President, Hacker Within Scientific Computing Group, 2008–2011
  • Governor, Treasurer, University of Wisconsin, American Nuclear Society, student section 2008–2010

Honors

  • Stanley H. Pierce Award, Engineering Council, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (April 12, 2019)
  • J.A McDeavitt Scholarship, University of Chicago (2007 - 2008)
  • University Scholar Award, University of Chicago (2004 - 2008)

Teaching Honors

  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (Spring 2020)
  • Collins Scholar (Spring 2017)
  • NPRE, Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Spring 2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (Fall 2016)

Research Honors

  • Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society (Oct. 30, 2017)
  • Young Member Excellence Award, American Nuclear Society (Nov. 06, 2016)
  • Data Science Fellowship, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UC Berkeley (2014 - 2016)
  • Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2013 - 2016)
  • Roy G Post Foundation Nuclear Waste Management Graduate Scholarship (2011)
  • John Randall Memorial Scholarship, American Nuclear Society FCWMD (2009)
  • Los Alamos Distinguished Student Performance Award, Los Alamos National Lab (2004)

Improvement Activities

  • Participant, French Section of the American Nuclear Society 2020 Technical tour of French Nuclear Facilities
  • Participant, Sandia Academic Alliance Program Field Day. Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 2018
  • Participant, It’s About Time: Effective Task Management for Pre-Tenure Faculty, UIUC Office of the Provost, 2017
  • Participant, UIUC Faculty Retreat on Teaching, 2017
  • Certified Data Carpentry Instructor, Data Carpentry Foundation, 2017
  • AE3 Collins Scholars Program, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2016-2017
  • Certified Software Carpentry Instructor, Software Carpentry Foundation, 2010-Present

Courses Taught

  • NPRE 247 - Modeling Nuclear Energy System
  • NPRE 412 - Nuclear Power Econ & Fuel Mgmt
  • NPRE 446 - Radiation Interact w/Matter I
  • NPRE 555 - Reactor Theory I
  • NPRE 560 - Reactor Kinetics and Dynamics