- Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
- M.S., Louisiana State University, 1977
- B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1975
- Nuclear and Radiological Engineering/Medical Physics; Reactor physics, perturbation and variational methods, computational transport theory, criticality safety
Came to Tech in Fall 1992 as an Associate Professor. Prior was a Principal Engineer at General Electric Nuclear Energy.
Dr. Rahnema is also involved in the design and measurement of subcritical experiments with fresh fuel. The project includes the development of a nodal diffusion theory computational tool for the criticality analysis of Westinghouse Savannah River Companys spent fuel storage configurations. The originality of this method is that it achieves Monte Carlo accuracy using a fast and simple diffusion theory model.
- National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development Award, 2011-2016
- American Nuclear Society
- Mathematics and Computation Division Chair, 2010-2011 and 1999-2000
- Reactor Physic Division Chair, 2007-2008
- Fellow, 2003
- Southeastern Universities Nuclear Research Institute for Science and Education (SUNRISE) Chair, 2006-2010
- Journal on Transport Theory and Statistical Physics Conference Special Issue Guest Editor, 2001
- 16th International Conference on Transport Theory Organizing Committee Chair, 1999
- Boundary Condition Adjustment Methods and Systems, U. S. Patent 7,676,015B2, with Ben Forget, March 9, 2010.
- Justin M. Pounders and Farzad Rahnema. 2010. Moment-Conserving Histopolating B-Splines for Continuous Tally Estimation. PHYSOR 2010 – Advances in Reactor Physics to Power the Nuclear Renaissance, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 9-14, 2010. On CD-ROM, American Nuclear Society, LaGrange Park, IL.
- Justin Pounders and Farzad Rahnema. 2009. On Diffusion Coefficients for Reactor Applications. Nuclear Science and Engineering 163 3), 243-262.
- Nathanael Hudson, A. Ougouag, Farzad Rahnema and Hans Gougar. 2009. A Pebble Bed Reactor Cross Section Methodology. Annals of Nuclear Energy 36 (8), 1138-1150.
- Dingkang Zhang and Farzad Rahnema. 2009. A Hybrid Diffusion/Transport Method. International Conference on Mathematic, Computational Methods & Reactor Physics (M&C 2009), Saratoga Spring, New York, May 3-7, 2009. On CD-ROM, American Nuclear Society, LaGrange Park, IL.
- Steven Douglass, Farzad Rahnema and Benoit Forget. 2008. A Generalized Energy Condensation Theory. Nuclear Science and Engineering 160(1), 41-58.