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Dr. Hash M. Hashemian (left), president of the Analysis and Measurement Services Corporation and chairman of the American Nuclear Society awards committee, presents Dr. Jean C. Ragusa with his fellow honors. | Image: Courtesy Dr. Jean C. Ragusa

Dr. Jean C. Ragusa, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named a fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

The honored membership grade of fellow is awarded to ANS members for outstanding accomplishments in any one of the areas of nuclear science and engineering. The honor of receiving the highest membership grade of the society is reserved for senior members of good reputation who have compiled a professional record of experience marked by significant contribution to the advancement of one or more of the various disciplines served by the society.

Ragusa, who also serves as associate director of the Institute for Scientific Computation, was recognized by the ANS for his seminal contributions in high-performance scientific computing applied to nuclear energy and national security.

“It is a great honor to become an ANS Fellow. I am very humbled by this recognition,” he said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank my former and current students, postdocs, collaborators in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) complex and in academia. I am especially grateful for friends and peers in the radiation transport and multiphysics communities and for the opportunity to work on challenging and exciting problems.”

His accomplishments include the development of novel numerical methods for accelerating transport solutions on supercomputers, discretization techniques for improved physical accuracy in radiation transport, and multiphysics simulations and applied data science.

Ragusa’s research focuses on developing and applying high-fidelity, high-performance computing and simulation methods applied to nuclear engineering and science. He has successfully tackled several contemporary grand challenges of nuclear computational physics.

“I look forward to more years of exciting research in computational physics, numerical methods and data sciences in support of the advanced modeling and simulation programs of the U.S. DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and the stockpile stewardship program of the U.S. DOE National Nuclear Security Administration.” 

Ragusa, who has been with the Department of Nuclear Engineering for 16 years, received his Diplome d’Ingenieur in nuclear engineering from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Physique de Grenoble in France, his Master of Science in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M, and his doctorate in nuclear engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology.