Brian Wirth

The Governor’s Chair of Computational Nuclear Engineering is Brian Wirth, an authority in the ways materials behave in extreme environments.

His research investigates the performance of nuclear fuels and structural materials in nuclear environments.

Wirth expects this research to lead to improved prediction of the longevity of nuclear reactor components and ultimately the development of high-performance, radiation-resistant materials for advanced nuclear fission and fusion energy applications.

He came to the Governor’s Chair program from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brian Wirth

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UT Phone: 865-974-2554
ORNL Phone: 865-574-9970

UT Office:
303 Pasqua Engineering Building
Department of Nuclear Engineering
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-2300

ORNL Address:
Oak Ridge National Lab
PO Box 2008 MS-6003
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6003