Tom Downar is a Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences (NERS) in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from MIT in 1984 where he was a Hertz Fellow. Tom’s research is in the area of nuclear reactor physics and multiphysics computational methods for nuclear reactor analysis. The research in Tom’s group over the years has focused on the development of computational methods and computer codes for solving the Boltzmann Transport Equation to determine the neutron and photon flux distributions in a nuclear reactor during normal operating and anticipated transient accident conditions. Currently, Tom’s group is developing the next generation reactor analysis code, MPACT (Michigan Parallel Characteristics Transport), as part of the DOE’s Advanced Nuclear Reactor Simulation Hub. More information is available here.