Mario Ortega

  • Program Year: 2
  • Academic Institution: University of California, Berkeley
  • Field of Study: Nuclear Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Rachel Slaybaugh
  • Practicum(s):
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2017)
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    M.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2015; B.S. Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2013


Mario I. Ortega, Michael E. Rising, Forrest B. Brown, Anil K. Prinja, Fission Neutron Multiplicity in MCNP6 Criticality Calculations, PHYSOR 2016 (paper accepted 10/16/2015), Sun Valley, ID.

Erik L. Vold, Archis S. Joglekar, Mario I. Ortega, Ryan Moll, Daniel Fenn, Kim Molvig, Plasma viscosity with mass transport in spherical inertial confinement fusion implosion simulations, Physics of Plasmas, 22, 112708 (2015), DOI:

Joe Templeton, Mario I. Ortega, Cassiano Endres de Oliveira, High-Fidelity Modeling of the Transient Reactor Test Facility (TREAT), 2014 American Nuclear Society Winter Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Colin Josey, Mario I. Ortega, Montgomery Streeter, Reactor Physics Characterization of Minor Actinide Incineration in Modified MYRRHA/XT-ADS (Paper, Poster), 2013 ANS Student Conference, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.

Mario I. Ortega, Anastasia Ierides, Michael Thomas, Steve Suddarth, Low Earth Orbit Spectrum Analyzer for Ionospheric Disturbances, 2012 National Radio Science Meeting, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Mario I. Ortega, Anastasia Ierides, Michael Thomas, Steve Suddarth, LEISA: Low-Earth Orbit Spectrum Analyzer (Poster), American Physical Society Four Corners Regional Meeting, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. 21 October - 22 October, 2011.

Rosemary Burns, Zach Chacon, Willian DeRaad, Anastasia Ierides, Matthew McCullough, Mario I. Ortega, Lightning Spectrometer for Ionospheric Disturbances, 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting.

Anastasia A. Ierides, Steve Suddarth, Craig Kief, Rosemary R. Burns, Mario I. Ortega, Satellite-Based Monitoring System for Ionospheric Disturbances, Ionospheric Effects Symposium (IES), Alexandria, VA, 17-19 May 2011.


University of New Mexico Regents Scholarship, 2009-2013

DOE Nuclear Energy University Program Scholarship (NEUP), 2013

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Undergraduate Scholarship 2011-2012

Cum Laude (Institutional Honors)
Cum Laude in Nuclear Engineering (Departmental Honors)
Honors Thesis: Preliminary Design Study of Thorium-Fueled Nuclear Reactor and Overview of Thorium Reactor Design and Fuel Cycle

Dean's List at the University of New Mexico, 2010, 2011, 2012

Poster Presentation: LEISA: Low-Earth Orbit Ionospheric Spectrum Analyzer
2011 Annual Meeting of the Four Corners Section of the American Physical Society, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Award: Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award Winner