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McClarren to receive American Nuclear Society Young Member Research Award

Nina Welding • DATE: March 15, 2019

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Ryan McClarren, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been selected to receive the Young Member’s Research Award by the Mathematics and Computations Division (MCD) of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

He was cited for “his outstanding mathematical and computational contributions to the theory, simulation and application of time-dependent thermal radiation hydrodynamics in scattering and absorbing media. In particular, for his development and application of the method of spherical harmonics to time-dependent transport problems in one- and two-dimensions.”

The award is granted biannually to an individual who has made significant technical contributions that demonstrate a high degree of technical merit and ingenuity in one or more areas of interest to the MCD who is also less than 40 years of age. It will be presented at the MCD biannual meeting in August 2019 in Portland, Ore.  

McClarren, a member of the ANS and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, joined the Notre Dame faculty in August 2017. His research interests include the application of machine learning and compressed sensing to numerical simulation, numerical methods for X-ray radiative transfer and particle transport and uncertainty quantification.  

He is the author of two textbooks: the recently published Uncertainty Quantification and Predictive Computational Science, a textbook focused on senior undergraduate and early-career graduate students in engineering and the physical sciences, and Computational Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Using Python, a textbook for undergraduate engineering students that uses the Python programming language to present more easily accessible numerical methods for nuclear energy, radiation protection and homeland security applications.

A strong supporter of STEM education, McClarren has also published Radiation and You, a book for children, ages 6-12, that showcases the variety of ways in which radiation is used in the world around them.

McClarren came to Notre Dame having previously served as assistant professor of nuclear engineering at Texas A&M, where he was awarded the 2017 Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Young Faculty Fellow award for research excellence.

Prior to his time at Texas A&M, McClarren worked as a postdoctoral researcher and member of the Computational Physics and Methods Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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