GILBERT J. BROWN, NUCLEAR ENGINEERING  Professor Emeritus
Gilbert BrownProfessor Emeritus
  • College
    Francis College of Engineering
  • Department
    Chemical Engineering
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3166
  • Email

Research Interests

Energy Engineering, Nuclear Engineering

Safety and economics of nuclear reactors and nuclear fuel cycle; cogeneration energy systems; characterization of AlB4C under neutron radiation and heat treatment.

Education

  • Ph D: Nuclear Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Supporting Area: Financial Management
  • Ph D: Nuclear Engineering, (1974), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Massachusetts
    Supporting Area: Financial Management
  • MS: Nuclear Engineering, (1972), Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Massachusetts
  • BS: Engineering Physics, (1969), Cornell University - Cornell

Biography

Dr. Brown is director of the Nuclear Engineering Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he has been since 1973. He has national and international experiences in government and industry. Dr. Brown served as a Foster Fellow in the US Department of State, in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation. He helped develop and was a mentor at the World Nuclear University’s Summer Institute. He worked at the IAEA in safeguards training and now serves as a technical consultant. He has worked at national laboratories and in industry and has one patent and over 50 technical publications in the areas of nuclear safety, advanced reactors, economics, materials, cogeneration, and in the interdisciplinary area of technology and values. Dr. Brown served on the National Nuclear Accreditation Board and the Engineering Accreditation Commission and Board of Directors of ABET where he has accredited both utility training and engineering and technology programs. He is a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and served on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Education Division.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Alpha Nu Sigma - Honor Society for Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Boron Carbide Aluminum Matrix Material Investigations - Holtec International
  • Fellow of the American Society
  • Glasstone Award - Lowell Student Chapter of the ANS
  • National Science Foundation Traineeship - (M.I.T.)
  • Outstanding Young Man of America Award
  • Professional Engineers Achievement Award
  • Training Excellence Award - American Nuclear Society
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering,
  • Fellow (2000) - American Nuclear Society

Selected Publications

  • Brown, G. (2004) "Nukes in France," Fortune 149:12
  • Shao, Y., Golomb, D., Brown, G. (1995) "Natural gas fired combined cycle power plant with CO2 capture," Energy Conversion and Management 36:12 pp. 1115-1128
  • Brown, G. (1995) "Plutonium Puzzles," Scientific American 273:1
  • Brown, G. (1994) "Plutonium is Forever," Foreign Affairs 73:1
  • Brown, G. (1983) "Radiation-Dose Rates from a Low-Level Radioactive-Waste Storage Building," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 45:
  • Libby, V., Brown, G. (1982) "Post-Loca Dose-Rates on Rhr System Piping Based on a Particle Setting Model," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 41:
  • Harvey, R.C., Husain, A., Brown, G. (1981) "Lower Plenum Phase-Separation Model for Yankee Rowe Local Analysis," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 38:JUN
  • Lucas, G.E., Surprenant, M., Dimarzo, J., Brown, G. (1981) "Proton Irradiation Creep of Zircaloy-2," Journal of Nuclear Materials 101:1-2
  • Brown, G., Harvey, R.C., Husain, A. (1981) "Relap Analysis of Creare Flashing Transients with Reverse Core Steam Flow," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 38:JUN
  • Brown, G., Martin, J.G., Phelps, J.P. (1979) "University Of Lowell Research on Industrial Radiography Safety," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 32:JUN
  • Brown, G., Hanley, D., Killion, B., Martin, J.G., Phelps, J.P. (1978) "Analysis of Multiple Radiography Overexposures," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 28:JUN
  • Brown, G., Chabot, G.E., Killion, B.L., Martin, J.G., Phelps, J.P., Stjohn, K. (1978) "Development of a Model Safety Training-Program for Radiographers," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 30:NOV
  • Filippone, W.L., Brown, G. (1978) "Nuclear to Solar - Easy Transition," Transactions of the American Nuclear Society 28:JUN

Selected Presentations

  • The Science of Nuclear Power - Washington Energy Seminar, March 2013
  • - Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology, July 2012 - Washington, DC
  • The Science of Nuclear Power - Washington Energy Seminar, July 2012
  • - Meeting Energy Needs: A Role for Nuclear, August 2011 - Providence RI
  • - National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, July 2011 - Providence, RI
  • Nuclear Power: Clean Energy for the 21st Century, May 2010 - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Nuclear Power: Clean Energy for the 21st Century - Tufts University Energy Conference, April 2010
  • Nuclear Education Programs: Supporting the Renaissance, December 2009 - Naples, Florida
  • Nuclear Renaissance in the U.S.A. - New Economic Realities: Possibilities for Greater European Cooperation in the Field of Energy Towards Sustainable and Secure Energy, November 2009 - Budapest, Hungary
  • Nuclear Power: Poised for a Renaissance, October 2009 - Hong Kong
  • Status of Nuclear Education Programs and Support in the United States - Post FISA 2009 Workshop: International Perspectives and Networks, June 2009 - Prague, Czech Republic
  • Nuclear Education Programs in the U.S.A. - NEST International Conference on Nuclear Education, Science and Technology, May 2008 - Budapest, Hungary
  • New York Infrastructure: Energy Alternatives and the Role of Nuclear Power, March 2008 - Museum of the City of New York, NYC
  • New Directions in University Nuclear Engineering Support - IAEA Workshop on Nuclear Knowledge Transfer, June 2007
  • Nuclear Renaissance and Nuclear Education in the United States - IAEA Workshop on Nuclear Knowledge Transfer, June 2007 - Vienna, Austria
  • Utilizing the UMass Lowell Research Reactor to Enhance Knowledge Transfer in reactor Operations - IAEA Workshop on Nuclear Knowledge Transfer, June 2007 - Vienna, Austria
  • Nuclear Power: Poised for a Renaissance - What's Different? Why Now?, May 2007 - Washington, DC
  • World Nuclear University Summer Institute - Conference on Nuclear Training and Education, February 2007 - Jacksonville, FL
  • Nuclear Engineering Education in the U.S.A. - International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management, September 2004 - Saclay, France
  • Status of Nuclear Engineering Education. - Utility Executive Conference, February 2004 - Scottsdale, AZ
  • Nuclear Energy: A Great Way to Make Electricity - Tech Talk Plus, March 2002
  • Nuclear Energy: A Great Way to Make Electricity - UMASS Lowell Honors Symposium, March 2002 - Lowell, MA
  • Experiences with ABET 2000 - Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Division Session ASEE Annual Meeting, June 2001
  • Evolution of Nuclear Engineering and EC2000-A Standpoint from Leading Evaluation Teams - ANS Panels, November 2000 - Washington, D.C.
  • Status of Nuclear Engineering in the United States - OECD: Assuring Nuclear Safety Competence into the 21st Century, 1999 - Budapest, Hungary
  • Recruiting, Training, Retaining: Promoting the Nuclear Workforce of Tomorrow - ANS Meeting, November 1999 - Long Beach, CA
  • Strategic Planning in Nuclear Education - Moderator, Nuclear and Radiological Division ASEE Meeting, June 1999 - Charlotte, NC
  • - Ethics in Engineering Seminar, April 1997
  • - The Relationship Between Values and Student Learning, February 1996
  • The Bomb - How and Why? - University of Massachusetts Lowell Symposium; Hiroshima and its Legacy, September 1995
  • Technology, Values and Teaching, February 1995 - Lowell, MA
  • How New Advances in Technology Impact the Ethical Decisions We Make as Individuals and as a Community, April 1994 - Chelmsford, MA
  • - Techno-Politics, October 1992 - Washington, DC
  • Nuclear Technologies - New England Association of Chemistry Teachers, August 1991 - Nashua, NH
  • Technology and Values in Nuclear Engineering: The Frankenstein Dilemma - Israeli Nuclear Societies Annual Meeting, December 1990 - Herzlia
  • Nuclear Engineering Education: Maintaining the Infrastructure, November 1990 - Lowell, MA
  • Nuclear Engineering Education: Maintaining the Infrastructure - Advanced Nuclear Fuels Seminar, October 1990 - Charleston, SC
  • PLEX: Plant License Extension, January 1990 - Israel
  • New England Energy Future - Boston MENSA Regional Gathering, November 1989 - Southboro, MA

Selected Intellectual Property

  • - Brown, G."Power Plant with CO2 Capture and Zero Pollutant Emissions,"," U.S. Patent # 5,724,805

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (), - UML Faculty Development
    Brown, G., Sajo, E. (Co-Principal)
  • Boron Carbide Metal Matrix Materials (2000), - Alyn Corporation, Evaluation of Aluminum
    Brown, G.
  • Micro-Characterization of B4C-Al Composites and Lifetime Prediction (1998), - Transnuclear, Inc, Hawthorne, NY
    Brown, G.
  • Radiation Damage and Neutron Testing of Boron Carbide/Aluminum Plates (1998), - Transnuclear, Inc, Hawthorne, NY
    Brown, G.
  • Summer Internships and Engineering Consulting Services (1997), - Yankee Atomic Electric Company
    Brown, G.
  • Engineering Academy of Southern New England Community College Outreach Workshop (1996), - University of Connecticut
    Brown, G.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (1985), Contract - University of Lowell Research Foundation to Develop Training Material
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • NANT Fellowship Proposal (2013), Fellowship - National Academy for Nuclear Training
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • NANT Fellowship Proposal (2012), Fellowship - National Academy for Nuclear Training
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • NANT Fellowship Proposal (2011), Fellowship - National Academy for Nuclear Training
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Faculty Development in Nuclear Science and Engineering at UML (2011), Grant -
    Brown, G. (Co-Principal)
  • UML Nuclear Sciences Graduate Fellowship Program (2010), Fellowship -
    Brown, G. (Co-Principal)
  • UML-NRC Nuclear Fellowship Program (), Fellowship - UMASS Lowell Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    Brown, G. (Co-Principal), French, C.S. (Co-Principal)
  • Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program (2011), - U.S. Department of State
    Brown, G.
  • Graduate Fellowships (1994), Fellowship - Institute for Nuclear Power Operations
    Brown, G.
  • William C. Foster Fellow Visiting Scholars Program (2011), -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • 2011 Summer Interns (2011), Contract -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Evaluation of Augusta Technical College Nuclear Engineering Technology (NET) Prog (2011), -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Base Load Emission Free Energy - A Role For Nuclear (2010), -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • UML-NRC Nuclear Scholarship Program (2008), - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
    Brown, G.
  • 2007 UML-NRC Nuclear Scholarship Program (2007), Grant -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Support ASER Challenge Board Meetings (2010), Contract -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • 2010 Summer Interns (2010), Contract -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Georgia Power Company Evaluation of Nuclear Training and Education (2010), -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Summer Internship for Students (1992), - FPL Energy/Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant
    Brown, G.
  • 2009 SUMMER INTERNS (2009), Grant -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Irradiation and Material Testing Services (2009), -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Irradiation and Material Testing Services (2009), -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • National Academy for Nuclear Training Fellowship (2008), Fellowship -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • 2008 Summer Intern (2008), Grant -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Summer Intern Support (2007), Contract -
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Matching Funds Grant for Enhancement of the University of Massachusetts Nuclear Engineering Program (1993), Grant - Department of Energy
    Brown, G.
  • Matching Funds Grant to the Nuclear Engineering Program (1994), Grant - Boston Edison Company
    Brown, G.
  • Matching Funds Grant to the Nuclear Engineering Program (1994), Grant - Yankee Atomic Electric Company
    Brown, G.
  • Research Contract with the UML Research Foundation to Investigate Cogeneration in New England (1987), Contract - Coalition for Reliable Energy, Lexington, MA
    Brown, G. (Principal)
  • Seed Grant in the Area of Computer Applications in Nuclear Engineering (1986), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
    Brown, G.
  • Research Contract (1983), Contract - UML Research Foundation to Develop Two-Phase Models
    Brown, G. (Co-Principal)
  • Visiting Scientist on Research Contract with MIT to Study Core-Concrete Interactions in Nuclear Reactor Accidents (1981), Contract - Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA
    Brown, G.