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6/10/2020
UNM-ISNPS makes a strong presence at national meeting
12/14/2019
Masters Graduation - Raymond Fasano
8/31/2019
Forbes.com writes about ISNPS's SLIMM and VSLLIM reactor concepts
8/6/2019
ISNPS research highlighted at Cybersecurity Research Spotlight Forum
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Physical Location:
Ferris Engineering Center
Room 1120

Mailing Address:
Institute for Space & Nuclear Power Studies
MSC01-1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505.277.5442
Fax: 505.277.5433

Online: Contact Form

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, nuclear reactor design, reactor neutronics and thermal-hydraulics, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), experimental and numerical heat transfer technology, heat pipes, boiling, thermoelectric converters, dynamic energy conversion, integrated system modeling, and nuclear cybersecurity simulation.


We currently have research assistanceship opportunities, check here for details


Recent News

  • UNM-ISNPS Receives NASA Grant to Develop Advanced Lightweight Heat Rejection Radiators for...
  • Graduate Research Assistantships in Space Nuclear Power, Nuclear Cybersecurity, Micro Reac...
  • El-Genk receives American Nuclear Society Reactor Technology Award
  • Congratulations to Ragai Altamimi
  • Third Progress Report for UNM-ISNPS/SNL DOE-NEUP Collaboration on Cybersecurity for Nuclea...


  • ISNPS Research Areas

    Boiling Heat Transfer

    Space Nuclear Power Publications Boiling Heat Transfer Publications Radioisotope Power Publications


    Dynamic Energy Conversion

    SLIMM & VSLLIM Publications Dynamic Conversion Publications Nuclear Cybersecurity Publications


    Computational Fluid Dynamics

    CFD Publications Thermoelectric Conversion Publications Heat Pipe Publications


    To find our publications on more research areas click here


    Recent News


    Founding Director

    Dr. El-Genk

    Mohamed El-Genk, Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical and Chemical and Biological 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.

    He has also been named named the recipient of the American Nuclear Society thermal-hydraulics Technical Achievement Award for 2015. The award is in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the understanding of terrestrial and space reactor thermal hydraulics phenomena and for his impact on the thermal hydraulics community as a researcher, educator, and leader.

    Dr. El-Genk was named the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 2017 Heat Transfer Memorial Award for his outstanding contributions to boiling enhancement; immersion cooling of electronics; forced, natural, and combined convection in rod bundles; heat pipes and thermosyphons; impinging and swirling jets heat transfer; thermal-hydraulics of nuclear reactors; and thermal management of space nuclear power systems.

    He has also been named the recipient of the ANS 2021 Reactor Technology Award in recognition of extraordinary contributions towards advancing space and micro reactor technologies

    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.


    UNM-ISNPS Receives NASA Grant to Develop Advanced Lightweight Heat Rejection Radiators for Space Nuclear Power and Propulsion Systems

    The Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is selected to receive a three-year NASA research grant for a total of $650,000. The grant expected to start in January 2022 will support the development of space nuclear reactor power and propulsion systems to enable NASA's future planetary exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The research team at UNM-ISNPS and Nuclear Engineering Department is led by Mohamed El-Genk (PI), Distinguished and Regents' Professor and founding Director, and includes Research Assistant Professor Timothy Schriener (Co-PI) and Assistant Professor Osman Anderoglu (Co-I). The research team will also include graduate and undergraduate students in the NE Department. The research effort aims to develop and optimize the design and demonstrate the performance of an innovative lightweight heat pipes radiator for operating at 500 - 600 K with redundant and resilient functionality and an aerial density ~1/3 current SOA. The foldable radiator panels will employ integrated metal-graphite composite fins to enhance heat spreading and rejection into space. The lightweight and strong C-C composite armor will protect the radiator panels against damage by impacts of space debris and micro meteoroids. The headers for circulating the primary liquid metal coolant in the panels will employ perforated dividers with optimized orifices for reducing the required pumping power.

    UNM SOE Release - UNM's ISNPS receives NASA Early Stage Innovation Award to make Mars and moon missions possible

    UNM Press Release - Shooting for the moon: UNM receives NASA Early Stage Innovation Award


    Graduate Research Assistantships in Space Nuclear Power, Nuclear Cybersecurity, Micro Reactors' Neutronics, Thermal-Hydraulics, and Autonomous Operation and Remote Control

    The Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (ISNPS) at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is seeking applicants for a number of open Research Assistantship positions starting in the 2022 summer semester for full-time graduate students with MS or BS degrees in Nuclear Engineering or closely related fields. We are seeking students with diverse skillsets in modeling and simulation and experimental work for an exciting research project to develop lightweight heat rejection heat pipes radiator for future space nuclear power and propulsion systems. Applicants are also being sought with experience in areas such as controls, machine learning, security, and programming for projects in the areas of secure remote operation and control and cybersecurity for nuclear power plants. These positions have the potential of multi-year financial support and the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research essential to future of space exploration and the deployment of future small modular and micro-reactors.

    Additional information on these opportunities can be found at http://isnps.unm.edu/opportunities/.


    El-Genk receives American Nuclear Society Reactor Technology Award

    Mohamed S. El-Genk, Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear, Mechanical and Chemical & Biological Engineering and the founding Director of the Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies has been selected to recieve the 2021 American Nuclear Society Reactor Technology Award. ANS gives this award in recogniotion to individuals who have made original and outstanding contributions to the advancement in the areas of design and safety in reactor technology. Professor El Genk has been presented this award in recognition for his extraordinary contributions toward advancing space and microreactor technologies. He will be recogized during the 2021 ANS Winter Meeting in Washington, DC on December 1.

    "This is for my students and members of the research staff at the UNM Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies over the years. It would not have been possible without their dedication, innovation and hard work. It has been a challenging and enjoyable journey, indeed." - Professor El-Genk

    ANS Award Release

    UNM SOE Release


    Congratulations to Ragai Altamimi

    Ragai Altamimi, a member of the research team at the University of New Mexico's Institute for Space and Nuclear Power Studies (UNM-ISNPS), and PhD candidate in Nuclear Engineering Department, successfully defended his PhD Dissertation proposal in Nuclear Engineering before the faculty committee on studies on 5 May 2021. The proposed Dissertation title is "Designs and Performance Analyses of Compact Electromagnetic Pumps for Nuclear Reactors and Industrial Applications." The proposed research aims to develop and analyze performance of compact designs of Annular Linear Induction Pumps (ALIP) and Direct Current-Electromagnet (DC-EM) conduction pumps of small footprints, for pumping alkali and heavy metal coolants at high operating temperatures. The research results will contribute to future development and passive safety of alkali and heavy metals cooled space and terrestrial small and micro nuclear reactors. Members of Ragai's PhD dissertation Committee on studies are Dr. Minghui Chen, Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Dr. Mohamed El-Genk (Chair), Distinguished and Regents' Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Founding Director of UNM-ISNPS, Dr. Edl Schamiloglu, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Associate Dean of Research, School of Engineering, and Dr. Timothy Schriener, Assistant Research Professor in UNM-ISNPS and Nuclear Engineering Department.


    Third Progress Report for UNM-ISNPS/SNL DOE-NEUP Collaboration on Cybersecurity for Nuclear Plant Instrumentation and Control Systems

    UNM-ISNPS in collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories has released the latest progress report on the effort to develop a Nuclear Instrumentation and Control Simulation (NICSim) platform to aid in investigating the cybersecurity of nuclear power plant instrumentation and control systems. This work is supported by a multi-year DOE Nuclear Engineering University Program grant. This progress report, titled Emulated Programmable Logic Controllers for the Protection and Safety Monitoring and Operation I&C Systems in a Representative PWR Plant for Cybersecurity Applications presents the results of the research effort developing an emulated Instrumentation and Control (I&C) system for the physics-based PWR model in the NICSim platform, including the Programable Logic Controllers (PLCs) in the operation and safety I&C systems. The report details the functional programing and testing for the different PLCs when coupled to the developed PWR plant model.


    Research Team

    The ISNPS Group

    The ISNPS group picture taken in December of 2019 outside of Ferris Engineering Building. From left to right, Front: Dr. Timothy Schriener, Raymond Fasano, Prof. Mohamed El-Genk, Andrew Hahn, Ragai, Altimimi. To view each person individually, you may view the faculty and student indices.

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