11/2/2010 Colloquium - John Hendricks
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Title: Past, Present, and Future of Monte Carlo
Date: Nov 2, 2010
Location: 3105 Etcheverry Hall
The Monte Carlo method was born of the Manhatten Project to end World War II with the first atomic bomb. Since then it has been widely used in many fields, particularly radiation simulation, and Monte Carlo computer codes have become the repository of physics knowledge. Modern codes are a million times faster and better, but also face significant challenges in the future.
John Hendricks is a native of Hollywood, California, and received his BS and MS degrees from the University of California (Los Angeles) and PhD from MIT, all in nuclear engineering. He has spent most of his career at LANL developing the MCNP/MCNPX Monte Carlo radiation transport codes, and he has also served as LANL's Congressional Liaison and in assorted management positions. He is an ANS fellow and Past Chairman of the Radiation Protection and Shielding Division of the American Nuclear Society.
1972: BA, MS, UCLA; 1975 PhD, Nuclear Engineering, MIT.
1975-2009: One of the principal developers / leaders of the MCNP and MCNPX Monte Carlo radiation transport codes, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
1987-1989: LANL liaison to US Congress.
2009-present: Consultant to LANL, BNL, DOE, GE, MD Anderson, and more.
Advisor to 4 PhDs, 40 graduate students, and 1200 students who have taken over 90 1-week classes. Over 200 publications. Fellow, American Nuclear Society.