Professor Bruno Merk has been appointed as the National Nuclear Laboratory/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Nuclear Computing at the University of Liverpool's School of Engineering.

Professor Merk joins the University of Liverpool from the Institute of Resource Ecology at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf in Germany. His research interests include modern calculation methods for reactor physics and advanced computational modelling for fuel management in light water reactors, as well as safety considerations for innovative reactor concepts.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Our Research Chairs enable university research and industry development to come together in an important partnership. Professor Merk’s post at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory, means he can carry out world-leading research that will also make a real practical difference to the nuclear energy industry from which the country will benefit. Partnerships such as this mean the UK remains a thriving hub for research and innovation, and it’s important we continue to invest together in these schemes.”

Richard Taylor FREng, Chief Engineer and Senior Fellow at the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), said: “Professor Merk will share his time equally between the University and NNL. We believe this will provide a unique opportunity to promote collaborative research between our organisations and we wish him every success with his appointment."

Professor Eann Patterson, University of Liverpool lead for nuclear science and engineering research, said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Merk and look forward to working with him on new and innovative developments in nuclear computing. The research we are doing in collaboration with NNL and the Royal Academy of Engineering is at the cutting edge of nuclear engineering and we hope to develop groundbreaking techniques for reactor safety and nuclear materials handling that will benefit the whole industry.”

The University and NNL committed to a strategic partnership in 2014 aimed at developing international research on nuclear power generation. The newly appointed NNL/RAEng Research Chair will provide essential co-ordinated leadership for research activities in this area across the two organisations.

Notes for Editors

  1. RAEng Research Chairs aim to strengthen the links between industry and academia by supporting exceptional academics in UK universities to undertake use-inspired research that meets the needs of the industrial partners. Applications are invited from professors, readers or senior lecturers from any engineering discipline wishing to build strong industrial collaborations. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields, including computer science and materials. For further information, visit the research chairs web pages.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook. We have four strategic challenges: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation; address the engineering skills crisis; position engineering at the heart of society; lead the profession.

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