Germina Ilas

Senior R&D Staff

Dr. Germina Ilas is a Senior Research and Development Staff in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She earned a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and an M.S. in Engineering Physics from University of Bucharest. Before joining ORNL in 2004, her work experience included a post-doctoral appointment with Georgia Institute of Technology and research staff positions in Romania, at the Institute for Semiconductor Materials in Bucharest and the Institute of Nuclear Energy Reactors in Pitesti. Her primary research interests include depletion analysis, reactor analysis and design, spent fuel characterization and source terms, code validation and uncertainty assessment. Professional activities include serving as reviewer for technical journals (Annals of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Nuclear Technology) and chair of the SFCOMPO Technical Review Group.


2021: DOE Secretary's Achievement Award, presented to the Spent Fuel Nondestructive Assay (NDA) Project Team in recognition of the successful completion of the project.
2020: Joule Award from NNSA Office of International Nuclear Safeguards NA-241 for “Improved IRAP ORIGEN Software to the International Atomic Energy Agency and International Partners"; Team: Ian Gauld, Germina Ilas, Jianwei Hu.
2013: ORNL Significant Event Award for “Development of Technical Basis for NRC regulatory Guidance to Enable Expanded Utilization of High-Capacity Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage and Transportation Systems”; Team: J. Scaglione, G. Radulescu, I. Gauld, D. Mueller, G. Ilas, W. Marshall, J. Wagner.
2012: Best Paper/Presentation Award, Reactor Physics Division, American Nuclear Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, for “G. Ilas, R.T. Primm, III, and D. Renfro, Design of a Low-Enriched Uranium Fuel for the High Flux Isotope Reactor – Reactor Physics Analyses”
2011: ORNL Significant Event Award for “Analysis of Experimental Data for High Burnup PWR Spent Fuel Isotopic Validation”; Team: I. Gauld, G. Ilas.
1998: Best Paper Award, Criticality/Spent Fuel and Waste, Western Regional ANS Student Conference, Austin, Texas, for "A coupled Monte Carlo - diffusion theory model for the analysis of spent nuclear fuel storage racks".


High Flux Isotope Reactor