James Holloway

Professor Emeritus

Research Interests

Neutron and photon transport theory, nuclear reactor physics and control, nonlinear dynamics, inverse problems, plasma kinetic theory, mathematical analysis of engineering problems, computational physics and engineering and primary energy production.


University of Virginia
PhD Engineering Physics ’89

Cambridge University
Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics

University of Illinois
MS Nuclear Engineering ’84
BS Nuclear Engineering ’82

Professional Service

University of Michigan
Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, July 2013 – October 2019
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Sept. 2007
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Engineering, July 2007 – July 2013
Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Sept. 2005 – present
Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Sept. 1996 – Sept. 2005
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Jan. 1990 – Aug. 1996

Institut fur Reaktorsicherheit, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Technik und Umwelt
Guest Scientist, May 1996 – July 1996

University of Virginia
Research Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics, Jan. 1989 – Dec. 1989


  • 2014: Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award (Production of an extraordinary and significant piece of work from current or recent collaboration in teaching or research to the College of Engineering – awarded for the work of the CRASH Center)
  • 2011: Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award
  • 2007: Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor by the University of Michigan in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education
  • 2005: Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow (CIC-ALP Fellow)
  • 2004: Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Alpha Nu Sigma Faculty Teaching Award (This is awarded by vote of the students of the department.)
  • 2004: Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2001: University of Michigan ASEE Student Chapter Annual Distinguished Lecturer
  • 2000: American Nuclear Society Young Member Engineering Achievement Award
  • 2000: Alpha Nu Sigma Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2000: Teaching Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering
  • 2000: Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary service on the ABET99 working group within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan
  • 1997: Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Service Award
  • 1996: Certificate of Special Recognition, Mentorship Program, Macomb Mathematics Science & Technology Center
  • 1996: Alpha Nu Sigma Michigan Alpha Outstanding Faculty Member Award
  • 1994: 1938E Award: University of Michigan College of Engineering award for Excellence in Teaching and Student Mentoring
  • 1993-1998: National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award
  • 1993: Department of Nuclear Engineering Teaching Award/Alpha Nu Sigma Outstanding Faculty Member Award
  • 1989: Allan Talbott Gwathmey Memorial Award (The University of Virginia’s award for outstanding evidence of research ability in a fundamental problem of the physical sciences.)
  • 1987 & 1988: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Space Science and Applications Graduate Student Researchers Program Awards
  • 1986: American Nuclear Society Robert A. Dannels Memorial Award; ANS National award to the outstanding graduate student in nuclear science and engineering


  • 2003: Order of the Engineer
  • 1985: Sigma Xi
  • 1983: Alpha Nu Sigma
  • 1982: Tau Beta P