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7/23/2013
Tai T. Pham, Phd Disseration Defense
7/16/2013
In-Hwan Yang, Phd Disseration Defense
7/11/2013
Amir F. Ali, Phd Disseration Defense
11/26/2012
Boyce W. Travis, Master's Thesis Defense
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The University of New Mexico
Institute for Space & Nuclear Power Studies

Farris Engineering Center
Room 239, MSC01-1120
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505.277.0446
Fax: 505.277.2814

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Welcome to the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies

Welcome to the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS). ISNPS was founded in 1984 as a research and development organization within UNM's School of Engineering with a focus on space power and propulsion technologies and related fields. ISNPS offers educational and professional training and conducts research in many fields of space nuclear power and space systems technology in cooperation with UNM's Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering.


Recent News


Founding Director

Dr. El-Genk

Regents' Professor Mohamed El-Genk, Regents' Professor of Chemical, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering and the Founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies has been named the recipient of the 2010 Donald Q. Kern Memorial Award by the Transport and Energy Process Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. This award given in honor of Donald Q. Kern, a pioneer in process heat transfer, is one of the most prestigious in the world in recognizing significant contributions to the fields of applied heat transfer or energy conversion or in the translation of research results into useful technological applications. Dr. El-Genk joined the recognized leaders in the field of heat transfer who received this award since 1974.

Dr. El-Genk is a fellow of the American Nuclear Society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, and an associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a member of the Assembly of the International Heat Transfer Conference (IHTC), the Organizing, Steering and U.S. Scientific committees of the 2010 14th IHTC, and the Scientific Committee of the International Center for Heat and Mass Transfer.


New Research Assistant positions available for 2014

The Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies has current openings starting spring, summer or fall semesters 2014, for qualified graduate students to purse PhD in Chemical, Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico. More information is available here.


Ph.D. Dissertation Defense - Tai T. Pham

On 23 July 2013, Mr. Tai T. Pham successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation, "Simulations of Space Radiation Interactions with Materials, with Application to Dose Estimates for Lunar Shelter and Aboard the International Space station," and fulfilled all the requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Tai's Dissertation Committee Chair and Faculty Advisor is Dr. Mohamed S. El-Genk, Regents' Professor of Chemical, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. Other members of the Dissertation Committee are Dr. Cassiano de Oliveira, Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Dr. Adam Hecht, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, and Dr. Christos Christodoulou, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations & Applications Center (COSMIAC). The Dissertation research provided valuable insights into the interaction of energetic space radiation with potential shielding materials and dose rate estimates for a Lunar Shelter with Regolith shielding during a simulated energetic solar event. In addition, simulation results of the dose rate estimates on board the International Space Station using MCNPX and PHITS codes agreed well with recent measurement using a spherical Phantom. Best results are when using a cylindrical source particles domain in the simulations. This research is partially funded by United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission Graduate Research Fellowship Grant#NRC-38-09-931-MOI to the University of New Mexico and the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies. For more details and related publications, visit Shielding, Solar Energetic Particles and Radiation Detection.


Ph.D. Dissertation Defense - In-Hwan Yang

On 16 July 2013, In-Hwan Yang (right) successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation "Numerical Analysis of co-flowing immiscible liquids in co-axial microtubes," and have fulfilled all requirements for the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of New Mexico. In-Hwan's Dissertation Committee Chair and Faculty Advisor is Dr. Mohamed S. El-Genk, Regents' Professor of Chemical, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering (left). Other members of The Dissertation Committee are Dr. Timothy L. Ward, Department Chair and Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Dr. Dimiter N. Petsev, Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, and Dr. Juan Carols Heinrich, Professor of Mechanical Engineering. The committee recommended Mr. Yang Dissertation for the PhD degree with Distinction. The Dissertation research numerically investigated various controlling parameters affecting emulsification of co-flowing immiscible liquid in co-axial microtubes. The research provided an extensive database for developing a flow regimes map and dimensionless correlations for predicting the boundaries between the prevailing regimes of dripping, transition and jetting as well as the diameter and frequency of forming disperse micro-droplets. The research results are successfully validated using reported experiments data for various combinations of co-flowing immiscible liquids. Results show that linear instability analysis consistently underestimates the boundary between transient and jetting. In-Hwan conducted his PhD research as a Research Assistant with the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies, which funded the research. For more details and related publications, visit: Microemulation Simulation and Microchannel Flow, and Computational Fluid Dynamics and Numerical Analyses


Ph.D. Dissertation Defense - Amir F. Ali

Amir Faris Ali Graduation

On 11 July 2013, Amir Faris Ali (front, 2nd left), successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled "Enhancement of Saturation Boiling of PF-5060 Dielectric Liquid on MicroPorous Surfaces." Mr. Ali is a Research Assistant with the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS), which funded his research. Faculty advisor and Chair of the Dissertation Committee is Dr. Mohamed S. El-Genk, Regents' Professor of Chemical, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering and Director of ISNPS ((Front, 1st to the right)). Other members of Amir's dissertation committee are Dr. Timothy L. Ward, Professor and Chair of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department, Dr. Juan Heinrich, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Zayd Leseman, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering (front, 2nd right). Mr. Ali is accompanied in this photo with fellow researchers at INSPS, in celebration of his accomplishment and this important milestone. The Dissertation research experimentally investigated enhancing nucleate boiling and Critical Heat Flux (CHF) of PF-5060 dielectric liquid on microporous copper (MPC) surfaces at different inclination angles. In addition, 3D numerical analysis quantified and the potential of MPC surfaces for immersion cooling of high power computer chips. For more details about this research and others please visit the ISNPS projects webpage.


Important Notice - Research Assistantships

A number of Research Assistantship positions will be available for qualified graduate students to pursue a PhD in Nuclear, Chemical or Mechanical Engineering. We are looking of outstanding candidates with demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and simulation of complex fluids;
  • Thermal Sciences, advanced cooling, and thermal management of space systems;
  • Nucleate boiling enhancement and two-phase flow in macro channels;
  • Experimental methods and advanced instrumentation;
  • Microfluidics and gas adsorption experiments and techniques;
  • Electrochemical deposition and synthesis of Nano- and micro-porous surfaces;
  • Nuclear fuel, reactor materials, and corrosion and blistering solutions;
  • Nuclear graphite irradiation and gasification kinetics;
  • Space Nuclear Power;
  • Dynamic simulation of energy systems;
  • Neutronics and reactors thermal-hydraulics and safety analyses;
  • Small modular reactors;
  • Dry casks for interim storage in dry casks;

United States citizens are strongly encouraged to apply, but strong and experienced international students will also be considered. Those interested please send a letter of interest, C.V., copies of recent publications, names and contact information for three references as email attachments to: mgenk@unm.edu.


Research Team

The ISNPS Group

The ISNPS group picture taken in February of 2012 outside of Farris Engineering. We currently consist of several graduate students and two faculty members. To view each person individually, you may view the faculty and student indices.

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