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Paul K. Romano

Computational Scientist


Paul Romano received his Ph.D. in nuclear science and engineering from MIT in 2013. He then worked for two years at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory as a senior nuclear engineer. In 2015, he joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Division as a computational scientist, where he is actively working on nuclear energy applications in high-performance computing.

Paul is the original author and lead developer of OpenMC, an open-source code for simulating particle transport via the Monte Carlo method that is widely used for research and development in nuclear engineering. He is also a lecturer in the Masters Program in Computer Science at the University of Chicago.

Research Interests

  • Nuclear reactor physics
  • High-performance computing
  • Software development
  • Multiphysics simulations