Dr. Katherine Royston is an R&D staff member in the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with research interests in the development and application of hybrid radiation transport methods for modeling and simulation. Her current work focuses on code development for both Monte Carlo and deterministic radiation transport codes, and she is involved in the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors and the Exascale Computing Project. Recent projects include shield design and shutdown dose rate analysis for the ITER fusion reactor, and beamline analysis for the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) as part of the current plutonium production effort.
Dr. Royston earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Florida in physics and medical physics, respectively. Upon completion of her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at Virginia Tech in 2015, she became a postdoctoral research associate with the Radiation Transport Group at ORNL before transitioning to a staff member in 2017.