Tanju Sofu leads the Reactor Product Line of DOE’s Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling & Simulation (NEAMS) program and manages advanced reactor licensing activities in Argonne’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Division. He also coordinates the multi-laboratory efforts for the Fast Reactor Methods, Modeling and Validation activities under DOE’s Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) program.
His responsibilities include technical leadership and programmatic guidance for development of advanced modeling and simulation methods/tools to support deployment of innovative nuclear reactor concepts, coordination of multi-laboratory efforts on engineering simulations, safety analyses, and risk assessments, and support for advanced reactor licensing initiatives. He serves as the co-chair of OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency’s Generation-IV International Forum (GIF) Risk and Safety Working Group and the Safety Design Criteria Task Force.
Dr. Sofu joined Argonne in 1992 as a postdoctoral appointee after receiving his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. During his tenure at Argonne, Dr. Sofu contributed to numerous projects involving large-scale computational physics and fluid dynamics simulations on high-performance computing platforms for design optimizations, model validations, and safety analyses. His more recent technical work focused on development of codes and models for engineering system analyses involving multidimensional, multi-physics phenomena.