Faculty Profile

Kathryn D Huff

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Kathryn D Huff
Kathryn D Huff
Assistant Professor
118 Talbot Laboratory MC 234
104 S. Wright Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 300-3132

Primary Research Area

  • Nuclear Power

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, 2013
  • University of Chicago, B.A., Physics, 2008

Biography

Dr. Kathryn D. Huff is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering and and a Blue Waters Assistant Professor with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow with both the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium and the Berkeley Institute for Data Science at the University of California - Berkeley. As a PhD student, she helped to reimagine the GENIUSv2 fuel cycle simulator and became the primary developer of the Cyclus simulator in its initial phase. In addition, she collaborated with the Systems Analysis group at Idaho National Laboratory to develop the Fuel Cycle Simulator Software Requirements that defined the goals and expectations for the Next Generation Fuel Cycle Simulator. She received her PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2013 as a student of Professor Paul P.H. Wilson. Her undergraduate degree was in Physics from the University of Chicago. Her PhD dissertation and postdoctoral work both focused on development of software for nuclear engineering applications such as the Cyclus simulator, PyNE, and extensions to MOOSE. She is particularly interested in robust modeling and simulation of advanced reactors emphasizing scientific software engineering best practices.

Academic Positions

  • May-Aug 2003, Research Assistant, LANSCE-3, Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
  • Jun-Sep 2004, Research Assistant, LANSCE-3, Los Alamos Neutron Science Center
  • Jun-Sep 2006, Research Assistant, Chicago-Chile Research Exchange Program, Universidad de Chile, Physics Dept.
  • Jan 2005-Jun 2008, Research Assistant, Laboratory for Astrophysics and Space Research, Kavli Institute For Cosmological Physics
  • Jun-Aug 2010, Graduate Research Assistant, Systems Analysis Campaign, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Jun 2008-Aug 2013, Graduate Research Assistant, Computational Nuclear Engineering Research Group, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Jun 2011-Aug 2013, Laboratory Graduate Research Appointee, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Sep 2013-Aug 2014 (100%), Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California - Berkeley, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium
  • Sep 2013-Jul 2016 (50%), Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California - Berkeley, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium
  • Aug 2014-Jul 2016, (50%)Data Science Fellow, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
  • Aug 2016-Present (100%), Assistant Professor, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois
  • Aug 2016-Present (0%), Affiliate Faculty, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois
  • Aug 2016-Present (0%), Blue Waters Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
  • Jan 2017-Present (0%), Affiliate Faculty, Computational Science and Engineering, University of Illinois

For more information

Major Consulting Activities

  • Subject Matter Expert, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Academic Program Review, Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, NJ, 2018

Other Professional Activities

  • Member, Program Advisory Board, Digital Information Technology Program, Sloan Foundation, 2018-present

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunities

http://arfc.npre.illinois.edu/positions/postdoc/

Graduate Research Opportunities

http://arfc.npre.illinois.edu/positions/grad/

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

http://arfc.npre.illinois.edu/positions/ugrad/

Research Interests

  • Scientific computing education
  • Repository system performance modeling
  • Open & reproducible scientific computing
  • Computational methods for optimization and prediction
  • Advanced data analysis for radioisotope identification
  • Coupled multi-physics simulation
  • Reactor neutronics and kinetics
  • Nuclear fuel cycle simulation
  • Advanced nuclear reactor modeling and simulation

Research Areas

  • Advanced Reactor Designs
  • Multi-Physics Modeling and Simulation
  • Nuclear Power
  • Reliability and Risk

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • A. Scopatz, K. Huff, Effective Computation in Physics: Field Guide to Research in Python, O￿Reilly Media (2015) shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033424.do.

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • G. Chee, G. Park, K.D. Huff, Validation of spent nuclear fuel output by Cyclus, a fuel cycle simulator code, Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2018
  • G. Chee, J.W. Bae, K.D. Huff, Numerical experiments for testing demand-driven deployment algorithms, Proceedings of the American Nuclear Society 2018 National Student Conference, Gainesville, FL, 2018
  • G. Westphal, K. Huff, PyRe: A cyclus pyroprocessing facility archetype, Proceedings of the 2018 Advances in Nuclear Nonproliferation Technology and Policy Conference, Orlando, FL, 2018
  • Ridley, Gavin, A. Lindsay, K. Huff, Intro to Moltres: An MSR Multiphysics Code, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference, Washington, DC, 2017
  • J.W. Bae, K. Huff, C. Singer, Synergistic spent nuclear fuel dynamics within the European Union, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference, Washington, DC, 2017
  • A. Rykhlevskii, A. Lindsay, K. Huff, Full-core analysis of thorium-fueled Molten Salt Breeder Reactor using the SERPENT 2 Monte Carlo code, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference, Washington, DC, 2017
  • A. Rykhlevskii, A. Lindsay, K. Huff, Online reprocessing simulation for thorium-fueled molten salt breeder reactor, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference, Washington, DC, 2017
  • J.W. Bae, W. Roy, K. Huff, Benefits of siting a borehole repository at a non-operating nuclear facility, In Proceedings of the International High Level Radioactive Waste Management Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2017
  • K. Huff, J. Bae, K. Mummah, R. Flanagan, A. Scopatz, Current status of predictive transition capability in fuel cycle simulation, EA-121 GLOBAL 2017 International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seoul, South Korea, September 2017
  • K. Niemeyer, A. Smith, L. Barba, G. Githinji, M. Gymrek, K. Huff, D. Katz, C. Madan, A. Cabunoc, Introducing JOSS: The Journal of Open Source Software, Scientific Computing with Python Conference (SciPy 2017), Austin, TX, July 2017
  • X. Wang, K. Huff, M. Aufiero, P. Peterson, M. Fratoni, Coupled reactor kinetics and heat transfer model for nuclear reactor transient analysis, Paper 60728, 24th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE24), Charlotte, NC, June 2016
  • X. Wang, K. Huff, M. Aufiero, P. Peterson, M. Fratoni, A sensitivity study of a coupled kinetics and thermal-hydraulics model for Fluoride-salt-cooled, High-temperature Reactor (FHR) transient analysis, The International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Plants (ICAPP), San Francisco, CA, April 2016
  • H. Greenberg, M. Fratoni, D. Djokic, K. Huff, R. Nibbelink, A. Scopatz, The application of CYCLUS to fuel cycle transition modeling Paper 5061, Proceedings of Global, Paris, France, September 2015
  • K. Huff, PyRK: Python for reactor kinetics, Proceedings of the 14th Python in Science Conference, Austin, TX, July 2015
  • D.L. Krumwiede, C. Andreades, J.K. Choi, A.T. Cisneros, L. Huddar, K. Huff, M.D. Laufer, M. Munk, R.O. Scarlat, J.E. Seifried, N. Zweibaum, E. Greenspan, P.F. Peterson, Design of the Mark-I pebble-bed, fluoride-salt-cooled, high-temperature reactor commercial power plant, Paper 14231, Proceedings of 2014 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, Charlotte, NC, April 2014
  • K. Huff, Cyclus fuel cycle simulation capabilities with the Cyder disposal system model, Paper 7730, Proceedings of Global, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2013
  • M. Gidden, P. Wilson, K. Huff, R. Carlsen, An agent-based framework for fuel cycle simulation with recycling, Paper 7737, Proceedings of Global, Salt Lake City, UT, October 2013
  • K. Huff, M. Nutt, Hydrologic nuclide transport models in Cyder, a geologic disposal software library, Paper 13328, Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposium, Phoenix, AZ. February 2013
  • K.M. Oliver, P.P.H. Wilson, A. Reveillere, K. Huff, Studying international fuel cycle robustness with the GENIUSv2 discrete facilities/materials fuel cycle systems analysis tool, Paper 9166, Proceedings of Global, Paris, France (2009)
  • D. Rochman, R.C. Haight, S.A. Wender, J.M. O￿Donnell, A. Michaudon, K. Huff, D.J. Vieira, E. Bond, R.S. Rundberg, A. Kronenberg, J. Wilhelmy, T.A. Bredeweg, J. Schwantes, T. Ethvignot, T. Granier, M. Petit, Y. Danon, First measurements with a lead slowing-down spectrometer at LANSCE, AIP Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology. Vol. 769, Is. 1, pp 736-739, (2005)

Invited Lectures

Magazine Articles

Reports

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Nuclear Technology, 2018-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Open Source Education, 2018-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Open Source Software, 2016-present
  • Co-Editor, Proceedings of the SciPy Scientific Python Conference 2013, 2015, & 2017

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Chair, Technical Workshop on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Simulation, Urbana, IL, 2019
  • Publications Chair, GLOBAL Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seattle, WA, 2019
  • Program Committee & Proceedings Chair, Scientific Python Conference, Austin, TX, 2017
  • Organizing Committee, Technical Workshop on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Simulation, Columbia, SC, 2017
  • Technical Program Committee, International High Level Radioactive Waste Management, Charlotte, NC, 2017

Other Scholarly Activities

  • SciFoo Camper, 2018. Google X, Mountain View, CA

Professional Societies

  • Immediate Past Chair, Ex-Officio, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2017-2018
  • Chair, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2016-2017
  • Vice Chair, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2015￿2016
  • Secretary￿Treasurer, Fuel Cycle & Waste Management Division, American Nuclear Society, 2013￿2015
  • Secretary, Young Members Group, American Nuclear Society, 2013￿2014
  • Member, Next Generation Leadership Committee, Waste Management Symposium, 2013￿2014

Service on College Committees

  • Member, Instructional Facility Working Group, 2017-2018

Service on Campus Committees

  • Steering Committee Member, Illinois Data Science Initiative, 2018

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Department of Energy, Nuclear Energy University Program, Scholarship Review Panel, 2019

Other Outside Service

  • Executive Committee Member, Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments Alumni Committee. 2019-2020
  • Proceedings Co-Chair, SciPy, Scientific Python Conference, 2015, 2017
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Software Carpentry Foundation 2014￿2015
  • Technical Program Co-Chair, SciPy, Scientific Python Conference, 2013￿2014
  • Co-Founder, Nuclear Pride, LGBTQA Organization, 2011￿2013
  • Moderator, Organizer, Panelist, inSCIght Scientific Computing Podcast, 2011￿2013
  • Co-Founder, Treasurer, President, Hacker Within Scientific Computing Group, 2008￿2011
  • Governor, Treasurer, University of Wisconsin, American Nuclear Society, student section 2008￿2010

Honors

  • Stanley H. Pierce Award, Engineering Council, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (April 12, 2019)
  • Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society (Oct. 30, 2017)
  • Young Member Excellence Award, American Nuclear Society (Nov. 06, 2016)
  • Data Science Fellowship, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, UC Berkeley (2014 - 2016)
  • Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2013 - 2016)
  • Roy G Post Foundation Nuclear Waste Management Graduate Scholarship (2011)
  • John Randall Memorial Scholarship, American Nuclear Society FCWMD (2009)
  • J.A McDeavitt Scholarship, University of Chicago (2007 - 2008)
  • Los Alamos Distinguished Student Performance Award, Los Alamos National Lab (2004)
  • University Scholar Award, University of Chicago (2004 - 2008)

Teaching Honors

  • Collins Scholar (2017)
  • NPRE, Students Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2017)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (Fall 2016)

Improvement Activities

  • Participant, Sandia Academic Alliance Program Field Day. Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, 2018
  • Participant, It￿s About Time: Effective Task Management for Pre-Tenure Faculty, UIUC Office of the Provost, 2017
  • Participant, UIUC Faculty Retreat on Teaching, 2017
  • Certified Data Carpentry Instructor, Data Carpentry Foundation, 2017
  • AE3 Collins Scholars Program, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 2016-2017
  • Certified Software Carpentry Instructor, Software Carpentry Foundation, 2010-Present