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

  • PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013
  • BA, Physics, University of Chicago, 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

  • Postdoctoral Scholar,University of California - Berkeley, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Sep 2013 - Aug 2014 (100%)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar,University of California - Berkeley, Nuclear Science and Security Consortium Sep 2013 - Jul 2016 (50%)
  • Data Science Fellow, Berkeley Institute for Data Science Aug 2014 - Jul 2016 (50%)
  • Assistant Professor, Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, University of Illinois, Aug 2016 - Present (100%)
  • Affiliate Faculty, Computational Science and Engineering, University of Illinois, Jan 2017 - Present (0%)
  • Affiliate Faculty, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, Aug 2016 - Present (0%)
  • Blue Waters Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Aug 2016 - Present (0%)

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Major Consulting Activities

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

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
  • 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)

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

Chapters in Books

  • Huff, K.. " Economics of Advanced Reactors and Fuel Cycles," in Storage and Hybridization of Nuclear Energy, 1st ed., Hitesh Bindra, Ed. Elsevier. 2018 (in preparation).
  • Huff, K.. ￿Lessons Learned,￿ in The Practice of Reproducible Research, 1st ed., Justin Kitzes, Fatma Imamoglu, and Daniel Turek, Eds. University of California, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.
  • Huff, K.. ￿Case Study: Cyclus Project,￿ in The Practice of Reproducible Research, 1st ed., Justin Kitzes, Fatma Imamoglu, and Daniel Turek, Eds. University of California, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Ridley, Gavin, Lindsay, A., Huff,K.. ￿Intro to Moltres: An MSR Multiphysics Code￿ Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference. Washington, DC, 2017.
  • Bae, J. W., Huff, K., Singer,C. ￿Synergistic Spent Nuclear Fuel Dynamics Within the European Union￿ Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference. Washington, DC, 2017.
  • Rykhlevskii, A., Lindsay, A., Huff, K. ￿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, United States, 2017.
  • Rykhlevskii, A., Lindsay, A., Huff, K. ￿Online reprocessing simulation for thorium-fueled molten salt breeder reactor,￿ Transactions of the American Nuclear Society Winter Conference. Washington, DC, United States, 2017.
  • Huff, K., Bae, J., Mummah, K., Flanagan, R., Scopatz, A. ￿Current Status of Predictive Transition Capability in Fuel Cycle Simulation.￿ EA-121 GLOBAL 2017 International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference, Seoul, South Korea. September 2017.
  • Bae, J.W., Roy, W., and Huff, K. "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
  • Wang, X., Huff, K., Aufiero, M., Peterson, P., Fratoni, M. ￿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.
  • Wang, X., Huff, K., Aufiero, M., Peterson, P., Fratoni, M. ￿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.
  • Greenberg, H., Fratoni, M., Djokic, D., Huff, K., Nibbelink, R., Scopatz, A. ￿The Application of CYCLUS to Fuel Cycle Transition Modeling￿ Paper 5061. Proceedings of Global, Paris, France. September 2015.
  • Huff, K., ￿PyRK: Python for Reactor Kinetics.￿ Proceedings of the 14th Python in Science Conference, Austin, TX. July 2015.
  • Krumwiede, D.L., Andreades, C., Choi, J.K., Cisneros, A.T., Huddar, L., Huff, K., Laufer, M.D., Munk, M., Scarlat, R.O., Seifried, J.E., Zweibaum, N., Greenspan, E., Peterson, P.F. ￿Design of the Mark-I Pebble-Bed, Fluoride-Salt-Cooled, High-Temperature Reactor Commercial Power Plant,￿ Paper 14231. Proceedings of ICAPP, Charlotte, NC. April 2014.
  • Huff, K. ￿Cyclus Fuel Cycle Simulation Capabilities with the Cyder Disposal System Model,￿ Paper 7730. Proceedings of Global, Salt Lake City, UT. October 2013.
  • Gidden, M., Wilson, P., Huff, K., Carlsen, R. ￿An Agent-Based Framework for Fuel Cycle Simulation with Recycling,￿ Paper 7737. Proceedings of Global, Salt Lake City, UT. October 2013.
  • Huff, K., Nutt, M. ￿Hydrologic Nuclide Transport Models in Cyder, a Geologic Disposal Software Library,￿ Paper 13328. Proceedings of the Waste Management Symposium, Phoenix, AZ. February 2013.
  • Oliver, K.M., Wilson, P.P.H., Reveillere, A., Huff, K. ￿Studying international fuel cycle robustness with the GENIUSv2 discrete facilities/materials fuel cycle systems analysis tool ￿, Paper 9166. Proceedings of Global, Paris, France. 2009.
  • Rochman, D., Haight, R. C., Wender, S. A., O￿Donnell, J. M., Michaudon, A., Huff, K., Vieira, D. J., Bond, E., Rundberg, R.S., Kronenberg, A., Wilhelmy, J., Bredeweg, T. A., Schwantes, J., Ethvignot, T., Granier, T., Petit, M., Danon, Y. ￿First Measurements with a Lead Slowing-Down Spectrometer at LANSCE,￿ AIP Conference Proceedings, International Conference on Nuclear Data for Science and Technology. Volume 769. 2005.

Invited Lectures

Magazine Articles

  • S. Tippmann, ￿My digital toolbox: Nuclear engineer Katy Huff on version-control systems,￿ Nature, Sep. 2014.

Reports

Journal Editorships

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

Professional Societies

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

Service on College Committees

  • Member, Instructional Facility Working Group, 2017-present.

Service on Campus Committees

  • Steering Committee Member, Illinois Data Science Initiative, 2018-present.

Other Outside Service

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

Honors

  • 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)
  • UIUC Teachers Ranked as Excellent (Fall 2016)

Improvement Activities

  • 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.