• Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
  • M.S., Louisiana State University, 1977
  • B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1975

Research Areas


Farzad Rahnema is a Georgia Power Company Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Director of the Computational Reactor and Medical Physics Laboratory (CRMP). He received his PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of California–Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he was at General Electric Nuclear Energy for 11 years. His responsibility included maintenance and development of improvements/new versions of the GE’s 3-D Neutronics/Thermal Hydraulics BWR Core Simulator PANACEA used for design, monitoring and prediction of BWR cores. He has published over 240 refereed technical papers.

Farzad is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Annals of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Technology, and a member of the External Advisory Board of the Ohio State University Nuclear Engineering Program. He was the Chair of the Georgia Tech Nuclear & Radiological Engineering and Medical Physics Programs from 7/2002 to 6/2016. He also held an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine from 2005 to 2016. He chaired the Honors and Award Committee of the ANS Mathematics and Computation Division (MCD) from 7/2006 to 6/2017, served as the Chair of the MCD (2 times) and the Reactor Physics Division (RPD), and was the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Universities Nuclear Reactors Institute for Science and Education (SUNRISE). He is currently a member of the Honors and Award Committee of the ANS Reactor Physics Division.


Farzad’s research interest is in the areas of reactor physics, theoretical and computational radiation transport methods and code development with applications to reactor core analysis and safety, nuclear security and detection, and computational medical physics.


  • National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development Award, 2011-2016
  • American Nuclear Society
    • Mathematics and Computation Division Chair, 2010-2011 and 1999-2000
    • Reactor Physic Division Chair, 2007-2008
    • Fellow, 2003
  • Southeastern Universities Nuclear Research Institute for Science and Education (SUNRISE) Chair, 2006-2010
  • Journal on Transport Theory and Statistical Physics  Conference Special Issue Guest Editor, 2001
  • 16th International Conference on Transport Theory Organizing Committee Chair, 1999


  • Boundary Condition Adjustment Methods and Systems, U. S. Patent 7,676,015B2, with Ben Forget, March 9, 2010.

Recent Publications

  • Richard Ulmer, Farzad Rahnema, and Kevin John Connolly, “A Neutronic Benchmark Specification and COMET Solution for the Advanced Burner Test Reactor,” Ann. Nucl. Energy, 87, 77-106 (2016).
  • Dingkang Zhang and Farzad Rahnema, “An Implicit Correlation Method for COMET Core-Eigenvalue Uncertainty Analysis,” Nucl. Sci. Eng., 182, No. 3, 369–376 (2016).
  • Kyle Remley and Farzad Rahnema, “A Method for the Adaptive Selection of Angular Flux Expansion Orders in the Coarse Mesh Radiation Transport (COMET) Method,” Nucl. Sci. Eng., 183 / No. 2, 161-172 (2016).
  • Kevin John Connolly, Alex J. Huning, Farzad Rahnema, and Srinivas Garimella, “A Coarse Mesh Coupled Neutronics and Thermal Fluids method for Prismatic Cores,” Nucl. Sci. Eng., 184, No. 2, 228-243 (2016).
  • Dingkang Zhang and Farzad Rahnema “The Adjoint Coarse Mesh Transport (COMET) Method and Reciprocity Relation of Response Coefficients,” Journal of Computational and Theoretical Transport, 45, No. 7, 578-593 (2016).
  • Daniel Lago and Farzad Rahnema, “Benchmark Description of a Stylized Three-Dimensional European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) Problem,” Prog. Nucl. Energy, 93, 18-46 (2016).
  • Daniel Lago and Farzad Rahnema, “Development of a Set of Benchmark Problems to Verify Numerical Methods for Solving Burnup Equations,” Ann. Nucl. Energy, 99, 266-271 (2017).
  • Dingkang Zhang and Farzad Rahnema, “Monte Carlo Solution Convergence Analysis via COMET in a Stylized Integral Inherently Safe LWR Benchmark Problem,”Ann. Nucl. Energy, 100, 3-11 (2017).
  • Ryan Hon, Gabriel Kooreman, Farzad Rahnema, Bojan Petrovic, “Stylized whole-core benchmark of the Integral Inherently Safe Light Water Reactor (I2S-LWR) concept,”Ann. Nucl. Energy, 100, 12–22 (2017).
  • Daniel Lago and Farzad Rahnema, “Development of an Application Programming Interface for Depletion Analysis (APIDA),” Ann. Nucl. Energy, 103, 163-172 (2017).
  • Andrew Holcomb, Luiz Leal, Farzad Rahnema, and Dorothea Wiardab, “A New Method for Generating Probability Tables in the Unresolved Resonance Region,” Nucl. Sci. Eng., in print (2017).