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Dr. Dan Gabriel Cacuci

Endowed Chair in Advanced Materials and Nuclear Power

Nuclear Science and Energy

  • Internationally recognized research and development on optimally combining large-scale experimental and computational results for reducing uncertainties in validated predictive analysis of engineering systems.
  • Research emphasizes traditional and innovative applications of nuclear reactors and energy.
  • Funded in part by a $1.2 million grant from six nuclear firms, including Duke Energy, SCE&G and Westinghouse.
  • Editor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the Research Journal of the American Nuclear Society, and The Handbook of Nuclear Engineering
  • MS, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Columbia University
  • MPh and PhD, Applied Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Columbia University
  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society

Dr. Dan Gabriel Cacuci holds one of two SmartState Endowed Chairs in Nuclear Science and Energy. Upon his appointment in February 2012, Dr. Cacuci commented, “The creation of this first SmartState Endowed Chair for Nuclear Science and Energy required not only a visionary boldness in the face of uncertainty, but also an unusually staunch commitment to recognize openly that nuclear energy has been, and will continue to be, an irreplaceable contributor to the energy mix of the United States and the world.”

Dr. Cacuci’s recruited to the University of South Carolina (USC) is a coup for the state. He is internationally recognized for researching and developing methods to predict the future behavior of engineering systems related to nuclear reactors and energy. His research interests focus on predictive best-estimate analysis of large-scale physical and engineering systems, including nuclear reactor multi-physics, dynamics and safety. 

A prolific and respected author, he has written three books, six book chapters and some 190 peer-reviewed articles. For more than 25 years, he has served as editor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, the Research Journal of the American Nuclear Society. He is also the editor of a five-volume, 3,600-page Handbook of Nuclear Engineering, published in 2010.

Dr. Cacuci has received numerous national and international awards, including four honorary doctorates, the U.S. Department of Energy E.O. Lawrence Award, the American Nuclear Society (ANS) Compton Award, the ANS Wigner Award, the ANS Seaborg Medal, and Germany’s A.V. Humboldt Prize. He is an honorary member of European Academies and former Scientific Director of CEA/France Nuclear Energy Sector. 

Additionally, he held senior positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Research Center Karlsruhe in Germany, and the Nuclear Energy Directorate of the Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique in France. Prior to joining the USC faculty, Dr. Cacuci was a professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. He also has held appointments at the University of Tennessee, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, University of California at Berkeley, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm, the French National Institute for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies in Paris, the University of Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.

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