Assistant Research Scientist, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
University of Michigan
PhD Nuclear Engineering ’13
Dissertation: A Hybrid Parallel Algorithm for the 3-D Method of Characteristics Solution of the Boltzmann Transport Equation on High Performance Compute Clusters http://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/100072
University of California Berkeley
MSE Nuclear Engineering ’08
Thesis: Advanced Simulations of Light Water Reactor Cores for Transuranic Recycle
BS Nuclear Engineering ’06
Graduated with distinction
Minor in Philosophy
Dr. Kochunas’ research focus is on the next generation of numerical methods and parallel algorithms for high fidelity computational reactor physics. His areas of expertise include neutron transport, nuclide transmutation, multi-physics, parallel programming, and HPC architectures.
During his time as a PhD student he initiated development of the MPACT code that has since become the main deterministic neutronics tool within the CASL (Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors) project. MPACT was not only born out of his PhD research, but has also become a central research tool in the work of more than 10 other PhD students in the NERS department.