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 […]

SoTeRiA Participation at the PSA 2021 Conference

The Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Research Laboratory will be presenting 3 conference papers and holding a technical workshop at the 2021 International Topical Meeting on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Analysis (PSA 2021). Ph.D. Student Sari Alkhatib will be presenting two papers at the conference. “I-PRA Risk- and Cost-Informed Decision-Making Algorithm for Nuclear Power Plants,” on […]

SoTeRiA Lab’s Upcoming Virtual Workshop at PSA 2021

Topic: Risk-informed Methodologies for Advanced Reactors: Needs, Challenges, and Case Study Date: Wednesday, November 10, 12:40 PM – 4:10 PM EST Presenters: Zahra Mohaghegh and Tatsuya Sakurahara (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Bengt Lydell (Sigma-Phase Inc.), Klaus Heckmann (GRS), Robertas Alzbutas (Lithuanian Energy Institute) This workshop is fully virtual. Registration is required. You can find […]

Mohaghegh appointed to National Academies Committee

NPRE associate professor Zahra Mohaghegh has been selected to serve as a member of the Committee on Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. This study will assess the risk assessment methodology used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the overall safety oversight system. The FAA uses the Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology (TARAM) to […]

Lighting the Path for Next-Generation Leaders

Professor Zahra Mohaghegh, director of Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Laboratory, was featured in the “Leaders” section of this month’s Nuclear News magazine from the American Nuclear Society, highlighting Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA) educational and research gaps and proposing urgent actions to be taken by academia and government agencies to prepare next-generation PRA leaders for achieving […]

SoTeRiA Laboratory Leads a DOE Project to Create Risk-Informed Methodologies for Automation Trustworthiness in Nuclear Power Plants

To improve efficiency and ensure safe, reliable operation of nuclear power plants, the U.S. nuclear industry is working to leverage automation. Before committing to a significant investment in automation technologies, decision-makers need scientific and innovative methodologies that prove that this automation will be trustworthy and operationally acceptable. NPRE Associate Professor Zahra Mohaghegh, the director of […]

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