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Kyoung O Lee

R&D Staff


Dr. Kyoung Lee is an R&D staff member in the Systems Analysis and Optimization Group of the Nuclear Energy and Fuel Cycle Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). His expertise lies in computational nuclear reactor physics and multi-physics nuclear applications for chemical analysis. Dr. Lee's research is dedicated to enhancing current nuclear applications while spearheading the development of advanced nuclear reactors for the future.

His current and forthcoming work involves the development of Monte Carlo-based methods for analyzing neutron/gamma ray spectra and modeling coupled neutron/photon/electron transport with various detector types. A significant aspect of his research is the evaluation of radioactive particle tracking measurements using Monte Carlo simulation codes, meticulously validated against experimental data. Furthermore, Dr. Lee has made notable contributions to advancing Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) for crude oil and petroleum analysis, employing Monte Carlo techniques to optimize experimental processes. Additionally, he is at the forefront of pioneering a novel approach for Detector Response Functions (DRFs), emphasizing the energy deposition correlation between experimental and simulated spectra. 

  • Supplemental Performance Award (SPA) 2022 in Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 
  • The Recognized and Outstanding Reviewers For Journal of Progress in Nuclear Energy (2018)
  • Mark Mills Award in American Nuclear Society (ANS) (2012)
  • Full Member, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2012)
  • John and Muriel Landis Scholarships Award in American Nuclear Society (ANS) (2010, 2009, 2008)
  • Alpha Nu Sigma National Honor Society in American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering,  North Carolina State University 2011
  • M.S. Physics,  North Carolina State University 2010
  • M.S. Nuclear Engineering,  North Carolina State University 2008
  • B.A. Chemistry,  North Carolina State University, Magna Cum Laude