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1971 batch reunion-Announcement
@ Dec 27, 2011
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(Report forwarded by Mr. Om Prakash Azad (Civil 1971). Email: opazad@gmail.com)

We are pleased to announce that a reunion of Civil, mechanical, Electrical and Electronics branches of 1971 batch is planned at IT-BHU campus on 16th to 18th March, 2012. About 40 batch mates have confirmed till now and more expected. Please contact Om Prakash Azad with your details.

Om Prakash Azad (Civil 1971)

Email: opazad@gmail.com

Aiyer  (rraiyer@gmail.com,

Kiran Chauhan (kirankirti@gmail.com)


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Some of the Class of 1971 students in front of IIT-Delhi during a tour in 1968


Memoirs from the Souvenir of Class of 1971 Civil Engineering

Please view the 24-page souvenir in PDF version here:

 souviner 71 civil.pdf


Some selected pages from the souvenir are posted as follows:

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1961 batch reunion-Report
@ Dec 27, 2011
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(Report forwarded by Mr. M. S. Nagar (Mining 1961). Email:msnagar@gmail.com)



The golden jubilee reunion of the class of 1961 was held during December 2-5, 2011 at Kochi and Kumarakom, Kerala.


(Updated on 30 Dec 2011)


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         Class of 1961 at golden jubilee reunion (with their spouses)



 Commemorative Message on the Book ‘Visionary Of Modern India, Madan Mohan Malaviya’




We belong to the 1961 batch of College of Mining and Metallurgy (then popularly known as MINMET & now part of IT-BHU), of Banaras Hindu University, completing 50 years of our graduation (https://sites.google.com/site/minmetbhu61/)

As the Nation is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya, we too paid our humble tributes, at an emotion filled, intimate function at Hotel Atrium in Kochi on 2nd Dec 2011.

Fortunately for us the much awaited book on Mahamanaji 'Visionary of Modern India Madan Mohan Malaviya' got published in the month of Oct.

While going through the book we realized that 3 things have made the position of our batch unique.

1. We studied in the first ever Mining & Metallurgy College in India.

2. We passed out in the year of Mahamana's Centenary year

3. Our Golden Reunion is coinciding with 150th Birth Anniversary.

And we decided to add one more first to it.

So now we have the privilege to be the first to make this book as the Commemorative volume.

Along with our graduation photograph of 1961, this special message was added on the first page of the book:  

Privileged to study at India’s First College of Mining & Metallurgy,  pioneered by Mahamanaji;

Fortunate to graduate in his Birth Centenary, marked by unveiling of his statue at the entrance of his Creation;

Honoured now, to record our humble tributes for posterity on his 150th Birth Anniversary.

The education we received was the foundation for our career accomplishments

The values we imbibed forged our character and continue to guide our lives

At our GOLDEN REUNION , MINMET Class of '61 and our families gratefully honour

The Visionary who made this all possible…… Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviyaji

Limiting the distribution of book to just 66 of our own networked batch-mates was not doing enough justice to such a well researched work as this . We greatly benefited by being educated in Malaviyaji’s ‘Temple Of Learning’ and so thought it fit to gift a copy of this Biography and Works of the Founder of our Almamater to every Institute (including our own IT BHU)  offering Courses in Mining / Metallurgy (https://sites.google.com/site/minmetbhu61/suratkal ) as well as Industry Associations in the Mining and Metallurgical domains. The purpose of sending a complimentary copy of this valuable Volume on Malaviyaji, is our ardent belief that the Readers of Generation Next, in those esteemed Institution/Organisation will also be equally inspired by the Values he stood for and share his Dreams of a strong Industrialised Independent Nation, as we all did in our time, half a century ago and did try to live up to his expectations all these years.

Next two days of our Reunion were spent in being together at Kumarkom Resort, with boat rides on the serene back waters lined with swinging lush coconut palms, reminiscing our Dhanrajgiri days and even holding an interesting quiz of our college days with posers like, names of the postman, ‘maharaj’ of the Mess & even the pet names of those pretty daughters of the professors (this everyone got it right).  

One thought uppermost in our mind while saying goodbyes was, how best to put in action what Malaviyaji wrote in his note on the revised scheme of the University “ When you come out of this University and start earning, then you can pay the Gurudakshina”.

After all Reunions are all about going back & giving back.

M. S. Nagar (Class of ’61)




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Release of the Commemorative Volume


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Paying Tributes to Mahamanaji

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At Kumarakom Resort


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Alumni News
Vimal Srivastava (B. Pharm 1986) appointed as Vice President, Program Development at Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals, Novato, California
@ Dec 27, 2011
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Ultragenyx Appoints Tom Kassberg as Chief Business Officer and Announces Management Team

11/22/2011 9:07:03 AM

NOVATO, Calif., Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on developing treatments for rare and ultra-rare genetic disorders, today announced that Tom Kassberg has joined the company as Chief Business Officer. Mr. Kassberg will be responsible for leading the company's business development and corporate strategic planning activities, as well as the human resources and legal affairs functions. Mr. Kassberg brings to Ultragenyx more than twenty years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Before joining Ultragenyx, Mr. Kassberg consulted with Corium International, Inc. and Rib-X Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and previously served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Proteolix, Inc. He has also held management positions at InterMune, Inc., Plexxikon, Inc. (a company he co-founded), and SUGEN, Inc. Mr. Kassberg started his career at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he held a variety of positions in finance, product and market analysis, and sales. Mr. Kassberg received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota.

"Tom joins Ultragenyx at an exciting time in our company's growth, as our clinical pipeline is advancing and expanding, and our talented management team is in place," said Emil D. Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Ultragenyx. "Tom brings to Ultragenyx a wealth of industry and operational experience and a successful track record of value-creating transactions that will help Ultragenyx become a successful biopharmaceutical business."

The appointment of Mr. Kassberg complements the Ultragenyx management team, which is comprised of rare disease development experts with broad experience in early-stage as well as established pharmaceutical companies. The management team includes the following key management personnel:

  • Steven Jungles, Senior Vice President, Technical Operations;
  • Cordelia Leonard, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance;
  • Vimal Srivastava, Vice President, Program Development;
  • John Ditton, Vice President, Commercial Planning; and
  • Mari Maurer, Senior Director, Clinical Operations

With more than 18 years of experience in supply chain and contract manufacturing, Mr. Jungles was previously the Vice President, Supply Chain and Contract Manufacturing at BioMarin Pharmaceutical. He will be responsible for manufacturing and quality control. Mr. Jungles received his B.S. from the University of Iowa.

Ms. Leonard heads up the company's Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance departments, whose members collectively have 30 years of regulatory experience working with the FDA, EMA, PMDA, and other worldwide Regulatory Agencies. Approximately twenty of those 30 years were spent working to develop drugs for Orphan indications at BioMarin Pharmaceutical. Ms. Leonard received bachelor degrees in Chemistry and Biological Science from the University of California, Irvine and holds both US and EU Regulatory Affairs Certifications.

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(Vimal Srivastava)

Mr. Srivastava will oversee the program development activities at Ultragenyx. With more than 10 years of project and portfolio management experience from research to commercialization stage programs, Mr. Srivastava held positions recently at Elan/Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy, Amgen and BioMarin. He holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from Banaras Hindu University, a M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from St. Johns University and a M.A.S. in Management from Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Ditton was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. He will be responsible for Commercial Planning. Mr. Ditton brings over 15 years of marketing, business development and managed care experience from Merck/Dey, BioMarin, Diamics and Health Plan of the Redwoods.

Heading up the Clinical Operations function, Ms. Maurer has over 25 years of clinical research experience with Poniard Pharmaceuticals, Eli Lilly and BioMarin. She started with Ultragenyx as a consultant and assisted with the company's first pre-IND filing. Ms. Maurer is a Registered Nurse, and received a B.S. in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University.

Ultragenyx has also retained Barbara Kosacz, Head of the Life Sciences practice at Cooley LLP, as Legal Counsel. Ms. Kosacz' experience and prominence in biotechnology deal-making should help drive the growth of Ultragenyx as a top tier rare disease company.

About Ultragenyx

Ultragenyx is a privately held, developmental stage biotechnology company committed to bringing life-enhancing therapeutics for patients with rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases, also known as orphan diseases, to market. The company focuses on metabolic and rare diseases that may affect small numbers of patients, but for which the medical need is high and there are no effective treatments. Ultragenyx intends to build a sustainable pipeline of safe and effective therapies to address these clinically underserved diseases. Ultragenyx' lead program, UX001, is being evaluated as a potential treatment for GNE Myopathy, also known as hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM).

The company is led by Emil Kakkis, M.D., Ph.D., a recognized industry leader in rare disease research and development, and has assembled an experienced management team in rare disease therapeutics. Ultragenyx' investors include TPG Biotech and Fidelity Biosciences, HealthCap and Pappas Ventures. Ultragenyx is creating an improved model for successful rare disease drug development that has the potential to increase efficiency and effectiveness by changing the way the process is organized and conducted. The company believes that it can deliver significant value to patients by building a diverse and high quality pipeline of rare disease therapeutics and efficiently transforming good science into great medicine.

For more information on Ultragenyx, please visit the company's website at www.ultragenyx.com.

SOURCE Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc.





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About US

Ultragenyx is a privately held, developmental stage biotechnology company committed to bringing life-enhancing therapeutics for patients with rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases, also known as orphan diseases, to market.  The company focuses on metabolic and rare diseases that may affect small numbers of patients, but for which the medical need is high and there are no effective treatments. Ultragenyx intends to build a sustainable pipeline of safe and effective therapies to address these clinically underserved diseases.

We select target diseases that have well understood biological mechanisms and potent therapeutic activity. We are focused on programs that are ready for development, and not early stage research.   Ultragenyx’ lead program, UX001, is being evaluated as a potential treatment for GNE myopathy; also know as hereditary inclusion body myopathy (HIBM).

Our company is led by Emil Kakkis, MD, PhD, a recognized industry leader in rare disease research and development and he has assembled an experienced management team in rare disease therapeutics.  Recognizing that our primary responsibility is to our patients, we are working with advocacy groups to provide support and outreach to individuals and families affected by these disorders and engage them in the clinical testing process. We are also working with regulatory agencies to design and conduct high quality clinical studies that meet the requirements for approval.

We are creating an improved model for successful rare disease drug development that increases efficiency and effectiveness by changing the way the process is organized and conducted. We believe that we can deliver significant value to our patients by building a diverse and high quality pipeline of rare disease therapeutics and efficiently transforming good science into great medicine.


Vimal Srivastava’s profile in LinkedIn:



The Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

MAS, Management

1988 – 1990

Saint John's University

MS, Medicinal Chemistry

1986 – 1988


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Dr. A. Kumar (branch?/Year?) appointed as new Director for IMS Ghaziabad
@ Dec 27, 2011
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Institute of Management Studies appoints new Director

IMS Ghaziabad appoints Dr. A Kumar as the new Director. Dr A. Kumar is a B.Tech from B.H.U (Now IIT), MBA and P.H.D from M.I.T Sloan. He is a well known veteran with 34 years of rich experience in Industry and academics together.

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(Dr. A. Kumar)

Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, December 10, 2011 /India PRwire/ -- Dr. A. Kumar has been appointed as the new Director for Institute of Management Studies (IMS) Ghaziabad. "He brings the extensive background from Industry and academics; his strong ties with Ivey league colleges and industry is a superb choice for IMS" said Mr. Pramod Agarwal chairman IMS Society. Dr A. Kumar is a B.Tech from B.H.U (Now IIT), MBA and P.H.D from M.I.T Sloan. He is a well known veteran with 34 years of rich experience in Industry and academics together.

This combination of experience and knowledge will be of great importance to existing faculty and students as we integrate development programs and systems that benefit all" Mr. Agarwal said. Dr. A Kumar has worked with MIT Sloan School of Management (USA), Harvard Business School and XLRI Jamshedpur. He attributes his interests in strategic management, Technology management, Employee relation, Innovation in Academic Policy Planning, MDP, FDP, AMP & research.

His Significant achievements are planning for building intellectual capital, Value creation for workforce, international linkage, gap analysis, establishing the institutional excellence and building organization. He has also conducted a comprehensive research for "Creation for Silicon Valley model in USA to improve US Economy in early 80′s"

About IMS Ghaziabad

Founded in 1990, Institute of Management Studies (IMS) is located in Ghaziabad (Delhi NCR) in Uttar Pradesh. IMS Ghaziabad is a leading professional college offering under graduate and management courses. For more than 2 decades, IMS faculty have drawn on their research with organisation worldwide and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who have shaped the practice of business around India. For more information visithttp://www.ims-ghaziabad.ac.in/






IMS Group of Institutions

IMS Group of Institutions based at Ghaziabad, was founded in 1990 by a group of visionaries and intellectuals to impart quality education in a stimulating and innovative environment where students are empowered with knowledge and professional skills while upholding the values of integrity, tolerance and mutual respect. Since its inception the group has promoted education in the areas of Management Sciences, Tourism, Information Technology, Bio-Science and Engineering Sciences with almost 2000 students and three educational campuses equipped with state of art infrastructure. IMS has attained a unique and a highly respectable place amongst the best professional education institutions in India.

The professionally oriented programmes offered by IMS Ghaziabad are designed to train the students to become well versed and accelerate in their respective fields. Currently IMS Ghaziabad offers PGDM, PGDM-I.T(Information Technology), PGDM-MM (Marketing Management), PGDM-TM (Tourism Management) and M.C.A courses. The two-year full time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Programme has been accredited the MBA - Equivalent Status by the 'National Board of Accreditation'.

IMS Engineering College established in 2002, is located on a 10.4 acres of land on NH-24, is another milestone in the list of achievements by the IMS Group of Institutions. The College is duly approved by AICTE and affiliated to UP Technical University, Lucknow. IMSEC is offering degree course in MCA (Master in Computer Application) and Bachelor of Technology with specialization in Electronics, Computer Science, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Electrical & Electronics and Mechanical Engineering.

IMS, CAMPUS II NH -24, Ghaziabad is established with dream of nurturing and developing minds. Its offers Master in International (MIB 2 Yrs.), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA 3 Yrs.),Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA 3 Yrs).,Bachelor of Journalism and Mas Communication (BJMC 3 Yrs).,Master of Science Bio-Technology  (2 Yrs), Bachelor of Science(Hons.) (3 Yrs.) Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Bio-Technology (3 Yrs) in the field of professional and technical education which compelled IMS to open  to deliver quality education with zeal and commitment.


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Dr. Madhava Syamlal (Chemical 1977) wins US Department of Energy award
@ Dec 17, 2011
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 (Dr. Madhava Syamlal)

Dr. Madhava Syamlal (Chemical 1977) works at National Energy Technology Laboratory at Morgantown, West Virginia, USA.

About Madhava Syamlal

Madhava Syamlal earned a B. Tech in chemical engineering from IT-BHU (1977) and an M.S. (1981) and a Ph.D. (1985) in chemical engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology. After completing his Ph.D., he joined EG&G as a research engineer, working for the Department of Energy (DOE) research center now called National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). There Syamlal became the architect of the open-source software MFIX, used by research organizations and universities around the world for multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling. In 1998 he joined Fluent, Inc., where one of his major accomplishments was the development of the first commercial software for coupling device-scale models, such as CFD models, with plant-scale models or process simulation. Currently, Syamlal leads the Computational and Basic Sciences Focus Area at NETL, which develops physics-based simulations for reducing the development time of zero-emission energy systems, the simulations ranging from the atomic/molecular-scale, to the device-scale, and to the plant-scale.

He can be contacted at: msyamlal@gmail.com

Below is a news release from the National Energy Technology Laboratory/U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Public Affairs. It was forwarded to Chronicle by Kellie Mattis.



U.S. Department of Energy

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Office of Public Affairs

PO Box 880

Morgantown, WV 26507-0880



November 28, 2011


Shelley Martin



 IT-BHU Graduate Honored by U.S. Secretary of Energy for Work at National Laboratory

Morgantown, WV

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  Dr. Syamlal (right) receiving award from Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

The National Energy Technology Laboratory is proud to announce that IT-BHU graduate Madhava Syamlal, along with other NETL computational fluid dynamics scientists, has received a U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Achievement Award for his role in remediation activities at DOE’s Hanford nuclear materials production site in the state of Washington.

Dr. Syamlal and his colleagues evaluated design specifications for a pulse-jet mixing vessel under development at Hanford. The mixer must safely process 53 million gallons of liquid nuclear waste as it changes into a stable glass form for permanent storage. Each team member received an award from Energy Secretary Steven Chu. It is the highest nonmonetary award a DOE team can receive from the Department.

Dr. Syamlal is the Computational Sciences Focus Area Lead at NETL. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from IT-BHU in 1977 and went on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Syamlal now lives in Morgantown, WV, with his wife Girija, son Rahul, and daughter Reshmi.

You can read more about the role Dr. Syamlal and NETL played in DOE’s Hanford clean-up at the NETL web site.

NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has focused on developing tools and processes to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people. Three NETL research sites—Albany, Ore., Morgantown, W.Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa.—conduct a broad range of energy and environmental research and development activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

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Additional link:

*NETL (National Energy Technology Laboratory)



Madhava Syamlal in Chronicle July 2009 issue:


Madhava Syamlal (Chemical 1977) receives AIChE Award for energy research


Features - October 2011

NETL Teams Earn High Achievement Awards from Secretary of Energy

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 The Secretary's Achievement Award is one of three types of DOE Secretary's Honor Awards given each year to DOE employees and contractors for outstanding service to the Department and the Nation.

During an October 27 ceremony at the U.S. Department of Energy, Secretary Steven Chu honored the National Energy Technology Laboratory and several partner agencies with two Secretary of Energy Achievement Awards, the highest internal, nonmonetary award a team can receive from DOE.

Secretary Chu recognized NETL for its contributions to two significant environmental efforts in 2010: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and DOE’s remediation activities at the Hanford nuclear materials production site in Washington State. In both efforts, NETL contributed its time, effort, and expertise to solve critical problems facing the United States.

In congratulating all of the 2011 Honor Award winners, Secretary Chu stated, “The employees recognized today have gone above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating an exceptional commitment to public service. Their dedication, knowledge, and skills have served to strengthen our nation’s economic and energy security and the work of the Energy Department.”

Deepwater Horizon Flow Estimation Group/Nodal Analysis Team

It is considered by many to be the worst environmental disaster to have occurred in the United States. On April 20, 2010, a blowout at BP’s Deepwater Horizon well platform claimed the lives of 11 men, destroyed the drilling rig, and allowed an estimated 4.8 million barrels of oil to flow into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was successfully capped 87 days later.

In response to the disaster, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen formed the Flow Rate Technical Group. Group lead Marcia McNutt, director of the

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Members of the Flow Rate Technical Group/Nodal Analysis Team pose with Secretary Chu after receiving their awards.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in turn commissioned a series of teams to aid in estimating and validating the flow rate of the Macondo well spill: Plume Modeling, Mass Balance, Reservoir Analysis, and Nodal Analysis.

NETL’s Dr. George Guthrie led the Nodal Analysis Team, coordinating the efforts of 46 scientists and staff members from 6 DOE national labs—NETL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory—and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Ingenuity, Creativity, and a Dedicated Response

The Nodal Analysis team fully appreciated the urgency of its task. More than 50,000 barrels of oil per day were flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, and determining the flow rate was the first step in identifying options for capping the well. Data were sparse, conditions were hostile, and the need for a fully defendable estimate was critical and immediate.

DOE’s researchers operated with the utmost efficiency, employing state-of-the-art technologies and methods to develop unique approaches for solving a problem for which there was no precedence. Dr. Guthrie’s staff worked tirelessly to assemble, reduce, and analyze data and vet results with other professionals. They conducted their activities with a minimum of support staff and produced analytical products quickly, helping to speed the ultimate solution and reduce the environmental cost of the disaster.

Critical Results

The Nodal Analysis Team helped the FRTG quickly and effectively achieve its primary objective: accurately estimate the rate of oil flowing into the Gulf. Responders used this information to develop options to cap the well Many of the processes developed for this task will now be refined and documented to guide the work of response analysts in the future.

As a testament to the Nodal Analysis Team’s outstanding achievements, Dr. McNutt lauded the agencies’ ability to work as a true team and said, “The Nation was privileged to have a cadre of dedicated and capable Government, academic, and independent scientists to call upon during this disaster.”

The NETL federal and contractor staff members that worked on the FRTG Nodal Analysis Team were George Guthrie, Grant Bromhal, Brian Anderson, Robert Enick, Roy Long, Shahab Mohaghegh, Bryan Morreale, Neal Sams, and Doug Wyatt.


The Hanford Site lies at the core of DOE’s mission to dispose of the radioactive waste that is a byproduct of World War II and Cold War Era nuclear weapons production, as well as the production of commercial nuclear energy. Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI) is designing the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant to “vitrify” 53 million gallons of radioactive and chemical waste into a stable glass form for safe, permanent storage. 

BNI’s plant design incorporates a pulse-jet system to maintain an even distribution of liquids and solids within the waste to minimize the threat of nuclear reaction. Before proceeding to the build phase, BNI is conducting verification and validation (V&V) of the system using computers to predict behaviors in the liquid-solid mix, an approach referred to as computational fluid dynamics.

When it comes to predicting the dynamics of complex liquid-solid interactions, however, computational fluid dynamics presents a double-edged sword: the promise of accurate predictions that will optimize a system’s design and the risk of mischaracterization and introduction of error, or even danger, into a system.

NETL was asked by DOE’s Office of River Protection to independently review and provide technical recommendations for BNI’s V&V plan. Tom O’Brien and John VanOsdol, career fluid dynamics scientists at NETL, were asked to evaluate BNI’s computer models, review the completed V&V effort, and provide feedback on whether BNI’s computational fluid dynamics analyses would sufficiently confirm the validity of the pulse-jet mixer vessel design.


NETL and its staff are recognized experts in computational fluid dynamics, and a number of models used in the BNI V&V effort originated from NETL programs. NETL’s researchers also have extensive familiarity with V&V concepts and formal approaches.

Dr. O’Brien and Dr. VanOsdol drew on the expertise of fellow NETL scientists Sofiane Benyahia, Syam Syamlal, Tingwen Li, and Mehrdad Shahnam. They also involved two of the nation’s top fluid dynamics scientists, Prof. Ismail Celik of West Virginia University and Dr. Urmila Ghia of the University of Cincinnati. Team members met throughout the project with the Office of River Protection, BNI, and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

A Pioneer Effort

NETL provided services in two distinct areas: evaluating the BNI V&V process and helping BNI formulate a new standard for the V&V process via computational fluid dynamics. V&V using computational modeling is a new frontier, and using computational fluid dynamics for V&V in a large, complex, multiphase flow system is on the cutting edge of that frontier.

Because of the complexities associated with the Hanford project, BNI is breaking new ground in using computational fluid dynamics for design confirmation. In turn, the V&V activity—and the review process conducted by NETL and other laboratories—represents the first time that members of the fluid dynamics research community have attempted to formulate a process that defines the proper methodology for applying computational fluid dynamics in support of V&V.

What NETL Found

Considering dozens of potential computational fluid dynamics approaches, NETL found that BNI had taken the most appropriate course for addressing the complex challenges at Hanford. NETL made recommendations for improving the V&V and underscoring it with experimental data.

Based on its knowledge of power-production systems in which fluid dynamics play a significant role, NETL also made recommendations on the pulse-jet mixer design, particularly in relation to erosion and segregation and concentration of particles. Although this analysis was outside the original scope of the work, NETL felt that the level of certainty necessary to mitigate risk at the treatment plant demanded that all findings be presented.

Current and Future Benefits

For more than 40 years, reactors located at Hanford produced plutonium for America’s defense program. The environmental cleanup being conducted by thousands of Hanford employees today is of vital importance to the United States, and the proper construction of the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant is key in that effort.

Of course, the problem of managing nuclear waste is not confined to the United States. Finding the means to safely dispose of nuclear waste is a global challenge. The work conducted by NETL in cooperation with BNI, the Office of River Protection, and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board takes a significant step in solving that challenge. In addition to addressing the immediate challenges at Hanford, it can lay the groundwork for future applications in the nuclear industry and in industries across the energy sector.


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