Kostadin Ivanov earned his Ph.D. degree in reactor physics from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Romania, in 1990. Prior to joining the Pennsylvania State University, Pa, USA, in January 1996, he held research and academic positions at the Research Center Rossendorf Inc. in Germany, Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy, Technical University of Sofia, and Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plants in Bulgaria. While at Penn State, Dr. Ivanov has established Reactor Dynamics and Fuel Management Group (RDFMG) in order to address the current demands for more accurate and efficient analyses, which directly relate to safety and economic performance of current and next generations of nuclear systems. The research performed by RDFMG is in the area of developing methods and computer codes for multidimensional reactor core analysis. These developments include computational methods, numerical algorithms and iteration techniques, nuclear fuel management and reloading optimization techniques, reactor kinetics and core dynamics, cross-section generation and modeling algorithms for multidimensional steady-state and transient reactor calculations, and coupling three-dimensional (3D) kinetics models with thermal-hydraulic codes. He has also led the development of multidimensional neutronics, in-core fuel management, and coupled 3D kinetics/thermal-hydraulic computer code benchmarks. The effort has led to establishing Penn State as an international center for qualification of coupled 3D kinetics/thermal-hydraulics codes. Dr. Ivanov’s work has been published in over two hundred (200) papers in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings. At Penn State, he has graduated 42 M.S. and 25 Ph.D. students. Dr. Ivanov has been able to maintain continuous diverse research support from international and national government agencies, national laboratories, industry, consulting companies, and other universities. He has led nine international programs supported by NEA/OECD, US NRC, and US DOE.
Biography Updated on 20 November 2013