Principal Investigator



Juliana Pacheco Duarte, Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                                                 

Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2018
M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, 2014
B.S., Nuclear Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2013
B.S., Physics, State University of Campinas, 2016
Office: 427 Goodwin Hall
Phone: +1 (540) 231-7388
pachecoduarte@vt.edu
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Graduate Students

Students’ office: 302 Goodwin hall



Paul Hurley, Graduate Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                       

NRC Fellowship
B.S., Physics, Boston University
prhurley@vt.edu
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Bruno P.  Serrão, Graduate Research Assistant

B.S., Nuclear Engineering, UFRJ
M.Sc., Nuclear Engineering, UFRJ
brunopserrao@vt.edu



Abdulsalam Shakhatreh, Graduate Research Assistant

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
ais88@vt.edu
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Elvan Şahin, Graduate Student

B.S., Engineering, Gazi University
elvansahin@vt.edu
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Ali Haydar Karabacak, Graduate Student

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul University
alikrbcak@vt.edu
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Undergraduate Students

Jeric Demasana, Major in Electrical Engineering and Nanoscience
Abdulla Alblooshi, Major in Chemical Engineering
Nick Burns, Major in Chemical Engineering
Shubham Rath, Major in Mechanical Engineering

Open positions

We are always looking for strong candidates seeking to get his/her Ph.D. in the areas of nuclear reactor thermal-hydraulics and reactor safety.
B.S. and/or M.S. degrees in Nuclear Engineering are preferred.
New GRA positions will be announced here. Contact Dr. Duarte directly for questions: pachecoduarte@vt.edu

Undergraduate research

Undergraduate students looking for research experience during the academic year or the summer are welcome in our group.
There are always open opportunities to work on both experimental and computational projects.

Examples of current projects:

  • Help to build our new heat flux facility!
  • Develop a one-dimensional inverse heat transfer analysis using experimental data.
  • Analyze data using two-dimensional heat transfer analysis using a computational tool.
  • Develop input files in subchannel thermal-hydraulic codes, such as CTF, to study heat transfer mechanisms.
  • Study natural circulation in molten salt reactors.

    Laboratory address:

    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    302 Goodwin Hall
    College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
    635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061