Benjamin S Collins

Dr. Benjamin S. Collins is a staff scientist in the Reactor Physics group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  He received his B.S and M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University in 2007 and 2008 respectively.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Nuclear Engineering, Radiological Science, and Scientific Computing in 2011.  After completing one year of postdoctoral study at the University of Michigan, he joined the faculty as a Research Scientist until joining ORNL in 2014 as a staff scientist.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan where he continues to advise student’s doctoral research.


Since graduating in 2011, Ben has been involved in the Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub, the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL).  He is leading the development of the neutron transport code, MPACT with a focus on multiphysics coupling methods for whole core reactor analyses of commercial nuclear power plants.  In 2015, Ben received the CASL Knight Award for technical contributions to CASL, including his work on CRUD Induced Power Shift simulations of Watts Bar Nuclear Power Station.


Ben has been a member of the American Nuclear Society since 2003 and is currently serving on the Reactor Physics Program Committee.  He has authored more than 40 journal, articles, conference papers and technical reports.  He has also served on the committee of 8 PhD students including 3 which he served as co-chair.