Prof. Christopher Perfetti


University of New Mexico

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MTV Faculty


Dr. Christopher Perfetti is an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. Prior to his appointment at UNM, Chris was an R&D scientist in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he developed the CE TSUNAMI-3D sensitivity analysis code and served as the Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis Method Team Lead for the SCALE Code Package.  


Chris received B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012 under the mentorship of Professor Bill Martin.  His dissertation work developed algorithms for adjoint-weighted sensitivity analysis using continuous-energy Monte Carlo methods with improved computational efficiency and reduced memory requirements.  


Chris’ research interests include sensitivity and uncertainty analysis method development, Monte Carlo methods for improved reactor physics modeling and simulation, advanced reactor core design, nuclear criticality safety, radioisotope production, reactor safety, and radiation shielding.  In his free time, Chris enjoys cycling, brewing beer, and swing dancing.