Karen Vierow Kirkland

Associate Professor

Associate Department Head


Office: AI Engineering Building 204
Phone: 979.458.0600
Fax: 979.845.6443
Email: vierow@tamu.edu

Nuclear Power Engineering
Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar Profile

Research Interests

  • Thermal Hydraulics
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Condensation Heat Transfer
  • Reactor Safety
  • Severe Accident Analysis
  • Reactor Design

Research Groups: 

Awards & Honors

  • Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Select Young Faculty Award (2007-2008)
  • Texas A&M University College of Engineering Faculty Fellow for 2008-2009 (2009


  • Ph.D., Quantum Engineering and System Sciences, University of Tokyo
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Purdue University

Selected Publications

S. N. Ritchey*, M. Solom*, O. Draznin*, I. Choutapalli*, K. Vierow, “Flooding Experiments with Steam and Water in a Large Diameter Vertical Tube”, Nuclear Technology, Vol. 175, pp. 529-537, 2011.

Deendarlianto, Thomas Höhne, Dirk Lucas, K. Vierow, “Gas–liquid countercurrent two-phase flow in a PWR hot leg: A comprehensive research review”, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 243, pp. 214-233, 2012.

Pollman, A.*, K. Vierow, M. di Marzo, “Analysis of Rapid-condensation Transient Using TRACE”, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 250, pp. 512-519, 2012.

W. Cullum*, J. Reid*, K. Vierow, “Water Inlet Subcooling Effects On Flooding With Steam And Water In A Large Diameter Vertical Tube”, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 273, pp. 110-118, 2014.

K. Vierow, K. Hogan*, K. Metzroth, T. Aldemir, “Application of Dynamic Probabilistic Risk Assessment Techniques for Uncertainty Quantification in Generation IV Reactors”, Progress in Nuclear Energy, Vol. 77, pp. 320-328, 2014.