April 20, 2017

Alumnus to head Purdue’s School of Nuclear Engineering

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The College of Engineering has announced an alumnus will become the next head of the School of Nuclear Engineering.

Seungjin Kim has been selected as the next head of the School of Nuclear Engineering and will take over the position on June 1. He is a professor of nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering at Pennsylvania State University and director of the Advanced Multiphase Flow Laboratory there.

Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering, believes the School of Nuclear Engineering will flourish under Kim’s leadership.

“A leading researcher in reactor thermal-hydraulics and two-phase flow who also has strong records in teaching and professional service, Seungjin brings to the position a commitment to excellence and a love for Purdue,” Jamieson said.

Kim earned his both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue. He received his master’s in electrical and computer engineering in 1992 and his doctoral degree in nuclear engineering in 1999.

He has taken leadership positions in his field of expertise and serves as chair of the American Nuclear Society Thermal Hydraulics Division. Kim received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society in 2011.

Kim’s research ranges from reactor thermal-hydraulics to reactor system analysis code and reactor safety. His work is recognized and used by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for thermal-hydraulic analysis of nuclear reactor systems. Many international research groups employ his work on advanced two-phase flow instrumentation.

Kim succeeds former school head Ahmed Hassanein. Klod Kokini, associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, served as interim head of Nuclear Engineering for more than a year. 

Writer: Brian L. Huchel, 765-494-2084, bhuchel@purdue.edu 

Source: Leah Jamieson, 765-494-5346, lhj@purdue.edu

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