Joe W. Durkee, Jr.
Dr. Durkee has more than 14 years of experience in the nuclear engineering field, with an emphasis on computational modeling, methods, and code development and application involving neutral and charged-particle radiation transport, as well as mass diffusion. Research areas include Monte Carlo, discrete ordinates, analytical diffusion, and artificial neural networks. He also has 8 years of experience in the biomedical field, where his emphasis was on computational, electronically collimated SPECT imaging and biochemical concentration diffusion.
From 2003 to the present, Dr. Durkee has worked as a staff member in the Nuclear Design and Risk Analysis Group, D-5, at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), with joint appointments to the NRC, Small Reactors, and Radiation Transport teams. His NRC work included TRACE code development and assessment involving two-phase flow equations of state. His Small Reactors team effort included the use of Monte Carlo (MCNPX) to perform nuclear design calculations for the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter mission. His Radiation Transport team responsibilities include the creation of methods and coding for MCNPX involving magnetic-field charged-particle transport, isotopic-transmutation, and delayed-gamma emission, in addition to computational applications involving stochastic and deterministic radiation transport.
From 1995 to 2003, Dr. Durkee pursued biomedical research interests while serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. His work included the creation of methods and computer software for enhanced, electronically collimated single-photon emission computed tomography. Additionally, he developed phenomenological models and computer software for the characterization of multicomponent biochemical reactive diffusion in tumors. He retains an adjunct appointment to the faculty.
From 1983 to 1995, Dr. Durkee was a staff member on the Reactor Physics team in the Reactor Design and Analysis Group, N-12, at LANL. He conducted diffusion (DIF3D), discrete ordinates (ONE-, TWO-, and THREEDANT), and Monte Carlo (MCNP) computational assessments for many reactor design and safety analysis efforts.
Dr. Durkee received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Texas A&M University. His education and research interests involved analytical and numerical methods in radiation and mass transport.
Dr. Durkee has published 16 refereed journal articles, 19 technical reports, and 4 conference proceedings. He is listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World and is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Nuclear Society.