Matthew Anderson Jessee

Matthew Anderson Jessee

Senior R&D Staff

Bio

Dr. Matthew A. Jessee is a Research and Development staff member in the Reactor Physics Group of the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interests include methods and software development in lattice physics analysis, multigroup cross section processing, sensitivity analysis, uncertainty quantification, parameter estimation, and reduced order modeling for challenging reactor physics and radiation transport applications. 

Dr. Jessee is the lead code developer for the Polaris lattice physics code in SCALE Code System. Introduced in SCALE 6.2 in April 2016, Polaris is an easy-to-use lattice physics capability for light water reactor assemblies.  Polaris uses advanced calculation methods for performing lattice physics analysis, including the embedded self-shielding method for cross section processing, a new method for the characteristics transport solver, the ORIGEN depletion solver, and automated assembly geometry processing based on simplified user input format.

In addition to Polaris, Dr. Jessee is a senior code developer of the SCALE Code System and member of the SCALE Leadership Team. SCALE is a nuclear modeling and simulation suite developed with the sponsorship of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the US Department of Energy, and the US National Nuclear Security Administration. SCALE provides validated, user-friendly tools for nuclear criticality safety, reactor physics, radiation shielding, radiation source term characterization, and sensitivity and uncertainty analysis. The SCALE code system is used by 8,000 users across 56 nations. Dr. Jessee provides expertise in several research application areas including sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, Bayesian inference methods, multiphysics coupling, and reduced order modeling techniques.

Dr. Jessee completed his PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the North Carolina State University in 2008, where he was funded through the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Fellowship. He completed his Masters of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) at North Carolina State University in 2005 and his BS in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 2003.

Projects

SCALE Code System
Polaris Lattice Physics Code

Publications

Theses

1. Jessee, M.A. “Cross-Section Adjustment Techniques for BWR Adaptive Simulation”. Ph.D. Dissertation. North Carolina State University, 2008.
2. Jessee, M.A. “Coupled Bundle-Core Design Using Fuel Rod Optimization for Boiling Water Reactors”. M.N.E. Project. North Carolina State University, 2005.

Refereed Journal Articles

3. Jessee, M.A., Turinsky, P.J., Abdel-Khalik, H.S. “Many-group Cross-Section Adjustment Techniques for Boiling Water Reactor Adaptive Simulation”. In: Nuclear Science and Engineering 169.1 (2011), pp. 40– 55.
4. Jessee, M.A., Kropaczek, D.J. “Coupled Bundle-Core Design Using Fuel Rod Optimization for Boiling Water Reactors”. In: Nuclear Science and Engineering 155.3 (2007), pp. 378–385.
5. Bang, Y., Abdel-Khalik, H.S., Jessee, M.A., Mertyurek, U. “Hybrid Reduced Order Modeling for Assembly Calculations”. In: Nuclear Engineering and Design 295 (2015), pp. 661–666.
6. Williams, M.L., Ilas, G., Jessee, M.A., Rearden, B.T., Wiarda, D., Zwermann, W., Gallner, L., Klein, M., Krzykacz-Hausmann, B., Pautz, A. “A Statistical Sampling Method for Uncertainty Analysis with SCALE and XSUSA”. In: Nuclear Technology 183.3 (2013), pp. 515–526.
7. Yankov, A., Collins, B., Klein, M., Jessee, M.A., Zwermann, W., Velkov, K., Pautz, A., Downar, T. “A Two- step Approach to Uncertainty Quantification of Core Simulators”. In: Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations 2012 (2012).
8. Rearden, B.T., Williams, M.L., Jessee, M.A., Mueller, D.E., Wiarda, D.A. “Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis Capabilities and Data in SCALE”. In: Nuclear Technology 174.2 (2011), pp. 236–288.
9. Abdel-Khalik, H., Turinsky, P., Jessee, M., Elkins, J., Stover, T., Iqbal, M. “Uncertainty Quantification, Sensitivity Analysis, and Data Assimilation for Nuclear Systems Simulation”. In: Nuclear Data Sheets 109.12 (2008), pp. 2785–2790.
10. Abdel-Khalik, H.S., Turinsky, P.J., Jessee, M.A. “Efficient Subspace Methods-based Algorithms for Per- forming Sensitivity, Uncertainty, and Adaptive Simulation of Large-Scale Computational Models”. In: Nuclear Science and Engineering 159.3 (2008), pp. 256–272.

Technical Reports

11. Rearden, B.T. and Jessee, M.A., Eds. SCALE Code System. ORNL/TM-2005/39. Version 6.2.1. Available from Radiation Safety Information Computational Center as CCC-834. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2016.

Full Length Topical Papers

12. Jessee, M.A., Wieselquist, W.A., Evans, T.M., Hamilton, S.P., Jarrell, J.J., Kim, K.S., Lefebvre, J.P., Lefebvre, R.A., Mertyurek, U., Thompson, A.B., Williams, M.L. “Polaris: A New Two-Dimensional Lattice Physics Analysis Capability for the SCALE Code System”. In: PHYSOR 2014 - The Role of Reactor Physics toward a Sustainable Future. 2014.
13. Jessee, M.A., Williams, M.L., Dehart, M.D. “Development of Generalized Perturbation Theory Capability Within the SCALE Code Package”. In: American Nuclear Society - International Conference on Mathe- matics, Computational Methods and Reactor Physics 2009, M and C 2009. Vol. 4. 2009, pp. 2358–2368.
14. Jessee, M.A., Yehnert, C.E. “Interpolation Methods and Splice Options for Three-Dimensional Trans- port Calculations using PARTISN”. In: Joint International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Compu- tations and Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications, M and C + SNA 2007. 2007.
15. Jessee, M.A., Abdel-Khalik, H.S., Turinsky, P.J. “Evaluation of BWR Core Attributes Uncertainties due to Multi-Group Cross-Section Uncertainties”. In: Joint International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Computations and Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications, M and C + SNA 2007. 2007.
16. Jessee, M.A., Kropaczek, D.J. “Coupled Bundle-Core Design Using Rod-by-Rod Optimization”. In: Joint. Internationial Conference on Mathematics and Computation, and Supercomputing in Nuclear Applica- tions. 2005.
17. Zhou, H., Jessee, M.A., Ward, A., Downar, T. “Uncertainty Quantification for Full-Core Steady-State PWR Core Simulation with SCALE and PARCS”. In: Physics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century. Vol. 6. 2016, pp. 3780–3791.
18. Bratton, R.N., Jessee, M.A., Wieselquist, W.A., Ivanov, K.N. “ROD Internal Pressure Quantification and Distribution Analysis using FRAPCON”. In: Physics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century. Vol. 4. 2016, pp. 2588–2602.
19. Williams, M.L., Wiarda, D., Kim, K.S., Jessee, M.A. “Multigroup Data Processing for the Embedded Self- Shielding Method in SCALE”. In: Physics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experi- ments in the 21st Century. Vol. 4. 2016, pp. 2176–2187.
20. Godfrey, A., Jessee, M., Stimpson, S., Collins, B., Evans, T., Kromar, M., Franceschini, F., Salazar, D. “VERA Benchmarking Results for Krŝko Nuclear Power Plant Cycle 1”. In: Physics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century. Vol. 6. 2016, pp. 3998–4008.
21. Bostelmann, F., Weiss, F.-P., Aures, A., Velkov, K., Zwermann, W., Rearden, B.T., Jessee, M.A., Williams, M.L., Wiarda, D., Wieselquist, W. “Influence of Nuclear Data on Fast Reactor Calculations”. In: Physics of Reactors 2016, PHYSOR 2016: Unifying Theory and Experiments in the 21st Century. Vol. 2. 2016, pp. 1040–1048.
22. Bostelmann, F., Weiss, F.-P., Aures, A., Velkov, K., Zwermann, W., Rearden, B.T., Jessee, M.A., Williams, M.L., Wiarda, D., Wieseiquist, W.A. “Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis in Criticality Calculations with Perturbation Theory and Sampling”. In: Mathematics and Computations, Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications and Monte Carlo International Conference, M and C+SNA+MC 2015. Vol. 3. 2015, pp. 2225– 2236.
23. Bang, Y., Abdel-Khalik, H.S., Jessee, M.A., Mertyurek, U. “Hybrid Reduced Order Modeling for Assem- bly Calculations”. In: International Conference on Mathematics and Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science and Engineering, M and C 2013. Vol. 3. 2013, pp. 2028–2039.
24. Yankov, A., Collins, B., Jessee, M.A., Downar, T. “A Generalized Adjoint Approach for Quantifying Re- flector Assembly Discontinuity Factor Uncertainties”. In: International Conference on the Physics of Re- actors 2012, PHYSOR 2012: Advances in Reactor Physics. Vol. 4. 2012, pp. 2781–2790.
25. Yankov, A., Klein, M., Jessee, M.A., Zwermann, W., Velkov, K., Pautz, A., Collins, B., Downar, T. “Compar- ison of XSUSA and ”Two-Step” Approaches for Full-Core Uncertainty Quantification”. In: International Conference on the Physics of Reactors 2012, PHYSOR 2012: Advances in Reactor Physics. Vol. 4. 2012, pp. 2791–2803.
26. Williams, M., Wiarda, D., Smith, H., Jessee, M.A., Rearden, B.T., Zwermann, W., Klein, M., Pautz, A., Krzykacz-Hausmann, B., Gallner, L. “Development of a Statistical Sampling Method for Uncertainty Analysis with SCALE”. In: International Conference on the Physics of Reactors 2012, PHYSOR 2012: Ad- vances in Reactor Physics. Vol. 4. 2012, pp. 2804–2815.
27. Rearden, B.T., Petrie, L.M., Peplow, D.E., Jessee, M.A., Wiarda, D., Williams, M.L., Lefebvre, R.A., Lefeb- vre, J.P., Gauld, I.C., Goluoglu, S. “Enhancements in SCALE 6.1”. In: International Conference on the Physics of Reactors 2012, PHYSOR 2012: Advances in Reactor Physics. Vol. 3. 2012, pp. 1847–1860.
 

Conference Summaries

28. Jessee, M.A., Wieselquist, W.A., Williams, M.L., Kim, K.S. “VERA Benchmark Calculations Using the SCALE-Polaris Lattice Physics Code”. In: vol. 109. PART 2. 2013, pp. 1413–1415.
29. Jessee, M.A., Abdel-Khalik, H.S., Turinsky, P.J. “Cross-Section Adjustment Algorithms for Boiling Water Reactor Core Simulation”. In: vol. 99. 2008, pp. 755–757.
30. Jessee, M.A., Abdel-Khalik, H.S., Turinsky, P.J. “Subspace Methods for Multi-Scale/Multi-Physics Cal- culations, Part II: Numerical Experiments”. In: vol. 96. 2007, pp. 551–552.
31. Bledsoe, K.C., Favorite, J.A., Lefebvre, J.P., Lefebvre, R.A., Jessee, M.A. “Application of the Differential Evolution Adaptive Metropolis (DREAM) Method for Uncertainty Quantification in Inverse Transport Problems”. In: vol. 111. 2014, pp. 743–746.
32. Bledsoe, K.C., Jessee, M.A., Favorite, J.A. “Application of Generalized Linear Least-Squares for Uncer- tainty Quantification in Inverse Transport Problems”. In: vol. 108. 2013, pp. 445–448.
33. Galloway, J.D., Maldonado, G.I., Gauld, I., Jessee, M.A., Clarno, K.T. “Generalized Isotopic Tracking Ca- pabilities within the 3-D BWR Nodal Simulator NESTLE”. In: vol. 103. 2010, pp. 748–750.
34. Galloway, J., Hernandez, H., Maldonado, G.I., Jessee, M., Popov, E., Clarno, K. “BWR Modeling Capa- bility and SCALE/TRITON Lattice-to-Core Integration of the NESTLE Nodal Simulator”. In: vol. 2. 2010, pp. 1483–1495.
35. Maldonado, G.I., Galloway, J., Hernandez, H., Clarno, K.T., Popov, E.L., Jessee, M.A. “Integration of the NESTLE Core Simulator with SCALE”. In: vol. 100. 2009, pp. 619–620.