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Kursat B Bekar

Senior R&D Staff

Dr. Kursat B. Bekar   is a Senior R&D Staff Member in the Radiation Transport (RT) group within the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division. He joined ORNL as a postdoctoral research associate in 2008. He has been working in the RT group as a research staff member since 2010. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees  from Hacettepe University, Turkey , in nuclear engineering. He received his Ph.D. in 2008 at the Pennsylvania State University in nuclear engineering. His primary research interests include development and applications of stochastic and deterministic radiation transport methods for modeling and simulation, parallel algorithm development for particle transport, Monte Carlo variance reduction methods, optimization, and radiation detection.

Dr. Bekar is a senior code developer of the SCALE Code System. His primary role is the Monte Carlo code and method development for the nuclear engineering applications including criticality safety, fuel depletion, and uncertainty and sensitivity analysis. Currently he is the product owner of SCALE/CSAS criticality safety analysis code, and responsible for the KENO codes. He is also active in the development work for SCALE Shift integration.

Dr. Bekar has also been participated in several neutronic analysis for the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) facility. He involved in beamline shielding design calculations for the NOMAD and USANS beamlines of the SNS, preliminary target design analysis of the SNS Second Target Station (STS), and neutronic analysis for the SNS Proton Power Upgrade project. His current focus is on neutronics calculations for the STS project, including beamline shielding analysis for STS QIKR.