CMUXE People

image Ahmed Hassanein
Director of CMUXE, Paul L. Wattelet Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering & Head, School of Nuclear Engineering

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Dr. Ahmed Hassanein, Paul L. Wattelet Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering, director of CMUXE. Prof. Hassanein has more than 30 years of experience in research and development in the fields of nuclear and plasma physics, engineering, and material science.  Prof. Hassanein is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the world's foremost leaders in the area of modeling and benchmarking material responses to different radiation and particle sources.He has developed unique models and comprehensive computer packages as well as state-of-the art experimental facilities to predict material behavior, lifetime issues, plasma evolution, and fluid hydrodynamics under various irradiation conditions. These models and results are being used in several national and international research fields. He has authored more than 500 journal publications and technical report in more than 30 different national and international journals in physics, engineering, materials, and computer science.  Before coming to Purdue, Prof. Hassanein was senior scientist and group leader and the director of Fusion Power Program at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Prof. Hassanein received the IEEE Merit Award for 2013, the highest IEEE technical achievement award of the nuclear and plasma sciences society, for his seminal contributions in these fields. He is fellows of SPIE, AAAS, IEEE, ANS, OSA, APS, and IOP.


Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
M.S. Physics (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
M.S. Nuclear Engineering (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
M.S. Nuclear Engineering (University of Alexandria, Egypt)
B.Sc. Nuclear Engineering (University of Alexandria, Egypt)

Research and academic interests

Plasma Material Interactions, Magnetic and Inertial Fusion Research, Radiation Damage in Materials,
Computational Physics and Hydrodynamics, Materials under Extreme Conditions, Advanced Numerical Methods, Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography, Laser and discharge produced plasma, High Power Targets for Accelerators Radiation and Particle Transport in Materials Heat Conduction and Thermal Hydraulics Directed Energy Lethality Biomedical Engineering Applications

Professional Service distinctions and awards
Member/Co-Chair of the following International Committees

  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society (ANS)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (APS)
  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Fellow, International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Fellow, Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Fellow, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member/Co-chair of Hydrogen Isotopes in Fusion Reactor Materials, Russia
    International Innovative Concepts for Plasma-Interactive Components in Fusion Devices, Japan
    Interaction of Hydrogen Isotopes with Structural Materials, Russia
    International School on Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion, Ukraine
    Technology of Fusion Energy (TOFE), USA
    Institute of Applied Plasma Science (IAPS), Japan
    ExtreMat (European Materials under Extreme Conditions), Germany
  • Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions in Plasma Science