Richard Vega

  • Program Years: 2014-2018
  • Academic Institution: Texas A&M University
  • Field of Study: Computational Neutron Transport
  • Academic Advisor: Marvin Adams
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (2016)
    Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico (2018)
  • Degree(s):
    B.S. Physics, and B.S. Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2014; A.A. General Studies, Lake-Sumter State College, 2010
  • Current Status

  • Research Area: Computational Neutron Transport

Publications

Development of a genetic algorithm for neutron energy spectrum adjustment.
Richard M. Vega, Edward J. Parma
Presented at the Joint International Conference on Mathematics and Computation (M&C), Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications (SNA) and the Monte Carlo (MC) Method 2015.

Reactivity effects at the Mayak Production Association, 2 January 1958
criticality accident using Serpent 2 and OpenFOAM.
Richard M. Vega, Taylor K. Lane, John A. Miller, and Norman F. Schwers
To be presented at the International Conference on Nuclear Criticality Safety, ICNC 2015.

Radiation Characterization Summary: ACRR Central Cavity Free-Field Environment with the 32-Inch Pedestal at the Core Centerline (ACRR-FF-CC-32-cl), SAND2015-6483
Edward J. Parma, Gerald E. Naranjo, Richard M. Vega, Lance L. Lippert,
David W. Vehar, and Patrick J. Griffin

Neutron reference benchmark field specification: ACRR 44 inch lead-boron (LB44) bucket environment (ACRR-LB44-CC-32-CL), SAND2015-5359 R
Richard M. Vega, Edward J. Parma, Patrick J. Griffin, and David W. Vehar

Neutron reference benchmark field specification: ACRR free-field environment (ACRR-FF-CC-32-CL), SAND2015-5360 R
Richard M. Vega, Edward J. Parma, Patrick J. Griffin, and David W. Vehar

Neutron reference benchmark field specification: ACRR polyethylene-lead-graphite (PLG) bucket environment (ACRR-PLG-CC-32-CL), SAND2015-5358 R
Richard M. Vega, Edward J. Parma, Patrick J. Griffin, and David W. Vehar

GenSpec: A Genetic Algorithm for Neutron Energy Spectrum Adjustment, SNAD2015-11036
Richard M. Vega, Edward J. Parma

Thin polycrystalline diamond films protecting Zirconium alloys surfaces: from technology to layer analysis and application in nuclear facilities,
P. Ashcheulov, R. Skoda, J. Skarohlíd, A. Taylor, L. Fekete, F. Fendrych, R. Vega,L. Shao, L. Kalvoda, S. Vratislav, V. Cháb, K. Horáková, K. Kusová, L. Klimsa, J. Kopecek, P. Sajdl, J. Macák, S. Johnson , I. Kratochvílová,
Applied Surface Science, vol 359, pp. 621-628, 2015

Transport Sweeps Using an Improved Slice Balance Approach with LDFE and GPU Acceleration.
Richard M. Vega, Marvin L. Adams
Presented at the International Conference on Mathematics & Computational Methods Applied to Nuclear Science & Engineering,
Jeju, Korea, April 16-20, 2017

Awards

DOE NNSA Stewardship Science Fellow

American Nuclear Society
Alan F. Henry/ Paul A. Greebler Memorial Scholarship

Texas A&M University
Recipient of the Crawford and Hattie Jackson Scholarship
Recipient of the Marianne and Robert Hamm Scholarship
Recipient of the Adams Family Scholarship
Dean's Honor Award (Every semester of attendance)
Most Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award

Lake Sumter Community College
Outstanding Achievement Award in Mathematics
Outstanding Achievement Award in Chemistry
Presidents List (Every Semester of Attendance)
Academic Excellence Award

Phi Theta Kappa
All-State Academic Team
Excellence in Leadership Award