CMUXE Leadership







Dr. Ahmed Hassanein, Paul L. Wattelet & Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering, director of CMUXE. Prof. Hassanein has more than 40 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 45 different national and international journals in physics, engineering, materials, and computer science. Before coming to Purdue, Prof. Hassanein was Senior Scientist, Group Leader, and the Director of Fusion Power Program at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. Prof. Hassanein has received three international awards for his work in various research areas. He received the IEEE Merit Award in 2013, the highest IEEE technical achievement award of the nuclear and plasma sciences society, for his seminal contributions in these fields. He also received the 2019 IEEE Charles Birdsall Award for Excellence in Computational Nuclear and Plasma Sciences. Prof. Hassanein also received the 2020 American Nuclear Society (ANS) Outstanding Achievement Award.  He is Fellows of seven professional societies including SPIE, AAAS, IEEE, ANS, OSA, APS, and IOP.