Congratulations to Research Assistant Professor Tatsuya Sakurahara for receiving the George Apostolakis Fellowship from the International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (IAPSAM)! This fellowship ( is intended to honor an individual with demonstrated potential to be one of tomorrow’s leaders in the advancement of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA). The Apostolakis Fellowship honors Prof. George Apostolakis (on the right in the foreground in the above photo) for his contribution to the science of risk analysis as well […]

Interactions of Safety & Financial Performance in Nuclear Power Plants, DOE NEUP-funded Research @ PSAM 16!

The authors of this paper are John Beal, Pegah Farshadmanesh, Tatsuya Sakurahara, Seyed Reihani, Ernie Kee, and Zahra Mohaghegh from the SoTeRiA Lab ( SoTeRiA Lab will virtually present this paper, supported by the DOE Project (, at the 16th Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management (PSAM 16) conference (, chaired by Curtis Smith. This will […]

National Academies’ Panel on Evaluation of the Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology @ PSAM 16 conference

In 2021, the National Academies appointed an ad-hoc committee of 12 members to undertake a study to evaluate FAA’s Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology. This panel will discuss the report created by this committee. Moderator: George Ligler (Professor and Dean’s Excellence Chair, Multidisciplinary Engineering, Texas A& M University; member of the National Academy of Engineering) […]

SoTeRiA Ph.D. Student Was Selected as One of the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year!

Sari Alkhatib, a Ph.D. Candidate in the SoTeRiA Lab, has being selected as one of the Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) for the 2022-2023 academic year. Through this program, the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois aims to train next generation of engineering professors to be proficient in research, teaching, and mentoring. […]

Congratulations Madeline Morasca for receiving the American Nuclear Society’s Joseph Naser Undergraduate Scholarship!

Madeline Morasca, an undergraduate researcher at the SoTeRiA Lab, was recently awarded the 2022-23 ANS Joseph Naser Undergraduate Scholarship. This scholarship is designated for students pursuing undergraduate studies in nuclear engineering with a focus in the field of human factors, instrumentation, and controls. “I am very grateful to be an ANS Scholar this year. Having […]

Congratulations to Dr. Ha Bui who recently passed his Ph.D. defense!

Ha’s research has focused on theoretical foundations and methodological developments to enhance spatiotemporal resolution in Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) of nuclear power plants. The executive summary of Ha’s dissertation can be found here: The SoTeRiA team members are very excited about Ha’s achievement and look forward to continued collaboration and winning for many years […]

Final Exam Announcement (Dissertation Defense) of Ha Bui

Ha Bui, Ph.D. Candidate, Presents Enhancing Spatiotemporal Resolution in Probabilistic Risk Assessment of Nuclear Power Plants: Theoretical Foundations and Methodological Developments Date/time and location: April 8, 2022 | 9:00am – 12:00 pm CT through Zoom – Meeting ID: 859 4524 5332, Password:  640715 ABSTRACT: To address emergent safety concerns in commercial nuclear power plants (NPPs), the […]

SoTeRiA Laboratory Awarded Grant to Establish Research Hub

A proposal led by NPRE’s Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Research Laboratory has been selected for the Grainger College of Engineering’s Strategic Research Initiatives Phase I Award. The project is entitled “Establishing a Risk-Informed Validation Research Hub.” This first-of-its-kind research hub encompasses the full spectrum of risk analysis including advanced physics-human-organization simulations that are integrated with […]

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