Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

NRE 8011/8012 and MP 6011/6012 Seminar

Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs


Knowledge Management in Nuclear Computing


Dr. Bernadette Kirk


Kirk Nuclear Information Services


Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 11:00:00 AM


Boggs Building, Room 3-28


Dr. Farzad Rahnema


The importance of preserving nuclear information cannot be underestimated. With nuclear power as an option in the energy mix, it is vital that the vast amount of knowledge be captured for generations to come. The speaker will address knowledge management (KM), with emphasis on what the United States has done to support research and development in universities, industry and national laboratories. In particular, the importance of preserving nuclear codes, experimental data, and nuclear data will be addressed. Human capital is an important component of KM. From past experience, the speaker will discuss how national laboratories have addressed this issue.


Bernadette Kirk worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for 36 years. She joined the Radiation Safety Information Computational Center (RSICC) in 1983 and led RSICC as director for over 10 years until her retirement. Her strong mathematical background enabled her to appreciate the role of computing in nuclear applications. As staff member at ORNL, she interacted with the international nuclear community and had passion for university outreach, for which she dedicated her free time. She worked closely with the Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).