Title: Professor, Nuclear Engineering Department Head
Company: North Carolina State University
Location: City College, Pennsylvania, United States
Kostadin Nikolov Ivanov, PhD, Professor and Department Head at North Carolina State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Nuclear Engineering.
Dr. Ivanov is an award-winning professor of nuclear engineering, known for his activities in OECD/NEA benchmarks for multi-physics modeling and simulation for the design and safety of nuclear reactors. He became involved in his industry because of his belief in nuclear energy’s potential for peaceful applications, as well as his desire to improve the safety of nuclear power through predictive simulations. Dr. Ivanov attributes his success to consistency, focused efforts, and hard work, and was awarded a 2013 Best Paper Award at the Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications at Monte Carlo and Paris. He has appeared in the 58th and 57th editions of Who’s Who in America.
Born in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria to Nikola Kostov Ivanov and Velichka Vangelova Ivanova, Dr. Ivanov attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering to earn an MEng in nuclear engineering, and returned to the Institute of Nuclear Research and Nuclear Energy at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences to complete a PhD in reactor physics in 1990. He is now a naturalized citizen of the U.S., and traveled to Pennsylvania State University in 1996 to become a research associate. Dr. Ivanov has taught and conducted research with the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and continues to teach at Pennsylvania State as a distinguished professor and graduate coordinator of the nuclear engineering program. Since 2015, he has served the North Carolina State University as professor of nuclear engineering and head of his department.
Dr. Ivanov is a member of numerous societies heading many projects, including the American Nuclear Society and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which works with governments across national lines to secure nuclear safety. He is the author of numerous works in the field, and received a 2010 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, as well s numerous research and teaching awards from Pennsylvania State. He has published over 300 papers in industry journals, and mentored 40 PhD students. Dr. Ivanov has a brother, Vladmir N. Ivanov, and is married to Maria N. Avramova, with whom he had Mira Ivanova and Emil. In his free time, Dr. Ivanov enjoys watching movies.
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