Prof. Youssef Shatilla

Prof. Youssef Shatilla

Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering

Telephone: +971-2 810 9166
Email: youssef.shatilla@ku.ac.ae

Has D.Sc. in nuclearengineering from Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology(MIT). Currently he is Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Khalifa University of Science and Technology. Before that he was the founding Dean of Academic Programs and Professorof Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi from Spring 08 till Spring 18. He had the overall responsibility of graduate education at the institute including the launch, operation, development and accreditation of eleven MSc programs and Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program.He was a Visiting Professor at the Nuclear Engineering Department at MIT during springs 2007 and 2008. Prior to that he spent five years as Associate Professor at the Nuclear Engineering Department, King Abdulaziz University. He was a Faculty Fellow at the Idaho National Laboratory in 2004 and 2005. Before that he was a Principal Engineer for ten years at Westinghouse Electric Company where he developed computational methods for nuclear reactor design applications.

Dr. Shatilla has also been an ABET’s Program Evaluator since 2005 and a Commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission since 2014. He has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and reports and one text book of two editions.

  • Nuclear Power Systems
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Computational nuclearreactorphysics
  • In-core nuclear fuelmanagement optimization
  • Applicationof nuclear systems forwaterdesalinationand hydrogenproduction
  • Micro-andnano-fluidics development and analysis forheat transferapplicationsincludingthose ofConcentratedSolarPower(CSP)systems
  • DesignandoptimizationofSmallModularnuclearReactors(SMRs)forintegratedenergysolutions

Publications 

  • Mohamed, S., Shatilla, Y. and Zhang, T.J., “CFD-Based Design Optimization of Hydrocarbon Ejector for Cooling,” Energy (2018), Under review.
  • Hassan, M., Alzarooni, I. and Shatilla, Y., “Heat Pipe Long-Term Effectiveness Using Water-Based Nanofluid,” Cogent Engineering (2017), 4:1336070, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23311916.2017.1336070
  • Mohamed, S., Al Masabai, A., Shatilla, Y. and Zhang, T.J., “Design of High-Performance Refrigerant Ejector for Sub-Ambient Cooling,” 2016 15th IEEE Intersociety Conference on Thermal and Thermomechanical Phenomena in Electronic Systems (ITherm), 1458-1465, June 2016, Nevada, USA, https://doi.org/10.1109/ITHERM.2016.7517720
  • Habib, L., Hassan, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Solar Energy Capture: Methods of Optimizing Nanofluid-Based Volumetric Solar Flow Receivers,” 2015 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 293, March 2015, Florida, USA.
  • Habib, L., Hassan, M. and Shatilla, Y., “A Realistic Numerical Model of Lengthy Solar Thermal Receivers Used in Parabolic Trough CSP Plants,” The 7th International Conference of Applied Energy, ICAE-433, 473, March 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE, doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.427 and Energy Procedia 75 (2015) 473-478
  • Hassan, M., Alzarooni, I. and Shatilla, Y., “The Effect of Water-Based Nanofluid Incorporating Al2O3Nanoparticles on Heat Pipe Performance,” The 7th International Conference of Applied Energy, ICAE-523, 3201, March 2015, Abu Dhabi, UAE, doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.674 and Energy Procedia 75 (2015) 3201-3206.
  • Hassan, M., Brimmo, A. and Shatilla, Y., “Multiple Scale Thermo-Mechanical Analysis of a Forced Cooled Aluminum Reduction Pot,” JOM, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11837-014-1259-6 (2014)
  • A. Nwobi, A., Cybulska, I., Tesfai, W., Shatilla, Y., Rodriguez, J. and Thomsen, M., “Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation of Solid Household Waste Following Mild Pretreatment Using A Mix of Hydrolytic Enzymes in Combination with Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00253-014-5977-z(2014)
  • Brimmo, A., Shatilla, Y. and Hassan, M., “Transient Heat Transfer Computational Model for the Stopped Aluminum Reduction Pot Cooling Techniques Evaluation,” Applied Thermal Engineering, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2014.07.014 (2014)
  • Brimmo, A., Shatilla, Y. and Hassan, M., “Numerical Study of the Free Convection Heat Transfer From An I-Beam Support Structure,” ASME 2014 4th Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting and 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, FEDSM2014-22199, August 2014, Illinois, USA.
  • Hassan, M., Singh, P., Tesfai, W. and Shatilla, Y., “An Experimental Study of Heat Pipe Performance Using Nanofluids,” Int. J. of Green Energy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15435075.2014.891518 (2014)

Invited

  •  Shatilla, Y.A., “Water-Energy Nexus: Nuclear Desalination,” Forum on Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy and its Impact on Environmental Security, March 2014, Bahrain.

Panel

  • Shatilla, Y.A., “University Program Accreditation 101,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 109, 190, November 2013, Washington D.C., USA.
  • Tesfai, W., Singh, P., Shatilla, Y., Iqbal, M. and Abdala, A., Y., “Rheology and Microstructure of Dilute Graphene Oxide Suspension,” J. of Nanoparticle Research, 15, no. 10 (2013): 1-7.
  • Hassan, M., Brimmo, A., Ibrahiem, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Mathematical Model of Cooling of a Stopped Pot and its Validation,” 2013 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 851, March 2013, Texas, USA.
  • Brimmo, A., Hassan, M., Ibrahiem, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Effect of Watering and Non-Watering Cooling rates on the Mechanical Properties of an Aluminum Smelter’s Potshell,” 2013 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, 845, March 2013, Texas, USA
  • Tesfai, W., Singh, P., Masharqa, S., Chiesa, M., Souier, T. and Shatilla, Y., “Investigating the Effect of Suspensions Nanostructure on the Thermophysical Properties of Nanofluids,” J. App. Phys., 112, 114315 (2012)
  • Ali, M., Singh, P., Tesfai, W. and Shatilla, Y., “An Experimental Study of Heat Pipe Performance Using Nanofluids,” 2012 International Conference on Applied Energy ICAE, ICAE2012-A10624, July 2012, Suzhou, China.
  • Tesfai, W., Masharqa, S., Singh, P., Chiesa, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Effect of Temperature on Turbulent and Laminar Flow Efficacy Analysis of Yttria and Copper Ethylene Glycol Nanofluids,” J. App. Phys., 111, 064319 (2012)
  • Masharqa, S., Tesfai, W., Singh, P., Chiesa, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Thermal Conductivity Behavior of Yttria Based Nanofluids,” ASME 2012 3rd Micro/nanoscale Heat and Mass Transfer International Conference MNHMT, MNHMT2012-75095, March 2012, Georgia, USA.
  • Tesfai, W., Singh, P., Masharqa, S., Chiesa, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Rheological Study of Nanofluids,”ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE 2011, IMECE2011-64720, November 2011, Colorado, USA
  • Singh, P., Ahmed, N., Ali, M. and Shatilla, Y., “Numerical Analysis of Nanofluids in Heat Pipe,” ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, IMECE 2011, IMECE2011-63309, November 2011, Colorado, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “Nuclear Workforce Developments in the Middle East and North Africa,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 105, 117, November 2011, Washington D.C., USA.
  • Ahmed, N., Singh, P., Janajreh, I. and Shatilla, Y., “Simulations of Flow Inside A Heat Pipe: Sensitivity Study, Conditions, and Configurations,” ASME 2011 Energy Sustainability Conference and Fuel Cell Conference, ES2011-54295, August 2011, Washington DC, USA.
  • Singh, P., Ahmed, N., Das, S. and Shatilla, Y., “Exergy analysis of Nanofluids in Microchannels,” ASME 9th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, ICNMM2011-58120, June 2011, Edmonton, Canada.
  • Shatilla, Y., Hejzlar, P., and Kazimi, M.S., A High Efficiency and Environmentally Friendly Nuclear Reactor (HEER) For Electricity and Hydrogen,” MIT-ANP-TR-125, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA, November 2009.
  • Visosky, M., Shatilla, Y., Hejzlar, P. and Kazimi, M., “Actinide Transmutation in PWRs using CONFU Assemblies,” Nucl. Sci. Eng., 163, 1, 2009.

Keynote

  • Shatilla, Y., “Masdar: Paradigm Shift in the Middle East,” Malaysian Technical Universities Conference and Exhibition on Engineering and Technology (MUCEET2009), 1, June 2009, Pahang, Malaysia.
  • Shirvan, K., Hejzlar, P., Kazimi, K. and Shatilla, Y., “Enhancing the Power Density of IRIS by Using Compact Steam Generators,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc.100, 567, June 2009, Atlanta, USA.

Book Chapter

  • Shatilla, Y.A. and Kazimi, M.S., “Ensuring Domestic Capability: Education and Training,” Nuclear Energy in the Gulf, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 119, 2009.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “A Pressure-Tube Advanced Burner Test Reactor,” Intl. J. of Nuclear Engineering and Design, Vol. 238, No. 1, 102, 2008.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., Hejzlar, P., and Kazimi, M.S., “A PWR Self-Contained Actinide Transmutation System,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 96, 745, June 2007, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “CANDU-Based Advanced Burner Test Reactor,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 96, 752, June 2007, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “An Advanced Burner Test Reactor Concept,” 2007 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Pants (ICAPP07), Paper # 7015, May 2007, Nice Acropolis, France.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “A Very High Temperature Reactor Self-Sustainable Oasis Concept,” Int. J. of Nucl. Desalination, Vol. 2, No. 2, 193, 2006.
  • Shatilla, Y., Hejzlar, P., and Kazimi, M.S., A PWR Self-Contained Actinide Transmutation System, MIT-NFC-TR-088, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA, September 2006.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “A CANDU-Based Fast Irradiation Reactor,” 2006 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Pants (ICAPP06), 441, June 2006, Nevada, USA.
  • Wachs, D., King, R., Glagolenko, I., and Shatilla, Y., “Technology Options for A Fast Spectrum Test Reactor,” 2006 International Congress on Advances in Nuclear Power Pants (ICAPP06), 525, June 2006, Nevada, USA.
  • Abolaban, F. and Shatilla, Y., “Determination of Optimum Source Position in Radiotherapy Inverse Planning using MCNP-4C,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 94, 412, June 2006, Nevada, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y. et al., “Determination of Steady-State Neutron Reaction-Rate Distributions and Reactivity of Nuclear Power Reactors,” American National Standard ANSI/ANS-19.3-2005, American Nuclear Society, Illinois, USA, September 2005.
  • Ryskamp, J., Shatilla, Y., Davis, C., Marshall, T., Grandy, C., Fanning, T., King, R., Wachs, D., Glagolenko, I., Miller, G., Novascone, S., and Farmer, M., “Fast Irradiation Test Reactor, Annual Report for FY 2005,” INEEL/INT-05-00728, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho, USA, September 2005.
  • Shatilla, Y.A. and Loewen, E.P., “A Fast-Spectrum Test Reactor Concept,” Nucl. Tech., 151, 239, 2005.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., Zahed, A., and Hegazy, Y. “Engineering Education Excellence at King Abdul Aziz University: ABET Accreditation and Beyond,” 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, Session 1660, June 2005, Oregon, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y., “A Pressure Tube Fast Test Reactor Concept,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 92, 688, June 2005, California, USA.
  • Ryskamp, J., Loewen, E., Shatilla, Y., Davis, C., Marshall, T., Ambrosek, J., Crawford, T., Buongiorno, J., Grandy, C., Fanning, T., King, R., Wachs, D., Glagolenko, I., and Barber, D., “Fast Irradiation Test Reactor, Annual Report for FY 2004,” INEEL/INT-04-02256, Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, Idaho, USA, September 2004.
  • Shatilla, Y., “Biased Multi-Objective Function Optimization in Radiotherapy Inverse Planning,” 14th Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference (PBNC 2004), 52, March 2004, Hawaii, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y., “University-Industry Relations: A Step Closer,” 2004 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration (2004 CIEC), CIP-323, February 2004, Mississippi, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y., “Biased Multi-Objective Function Optimization in Radiotherapy Inverse Planning,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 89, 693, November 2003, Louisiana, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y., and Abulfaraj, W., “Deming’s Total Quality Management: University Perspective,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 89, 811, November 2003, Louisiana, USA.
  • Platte, J.E., Pitruzzella, E., Shatilla, Y., and Johansen, B., “24 Month In-Core Fuel Cycle: A Burnable Absorber Perespective,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 86, 344, June 2002, Florida, USA.
  • Platte, J.E., Pitruzzella, E., Shatilla, Y., and Johansen, B., “Implementation of Erbia with ZrB2 in 17×17 Assemblies for a 4-loop Core with a 24-Month Cycle,” Tenth International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, ICONE10-22648, April 2002, Virginia, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A. and Janczewski, A.J., “The Nuclear Design and Core Characteristics of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 2 Cycle 11,” WCAP-15635, Westinghouse Electric Company, Pennsylvania, USA, April 2001.

Invited

  • Secker, J.R, Shatilla, Y.A., Johansen, B.J., Young, M.,Y., and Sung, Y. “Methods for Evaluating Crud Induced Axial Power Shift,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 84, 62, June 2001, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Yarbrough, M., Ross, B., Morgan, J., Piplica, A., Lesho, S., Carlson, Shatilla, Y., and Spier, E., “Nuclear Parameters and Operations Package for the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1 Cycle 17,” WCAP-15594, Westinghouse Electric Company, Pennsylvania, USA, October 2000.

Award Winner

  • Shatilla, Y.A., “The Fidelity of the In-Core Fuel Management Code ALPS,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 83, 406, November 2000, Washington, D.C., USA.

Book

  • Gavrilas, M., Hejzlar, P., Todreas, N., and Shatilla, Y., Safety Features of Operating Light Water Reactors of Western Design, 2nd Edition, Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (CANES), Department of Nuclear Engineering, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, 2000.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., Little, D.C., Penkrot, J.A., and Holland, R.A., “In-Core Fuel Management with Biased Multi-Objective Function Optimization,” Nucl. Tech.130, 282, 2000.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “An Economics Figure of Merit in ALPS,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 82, 213, June 2000, California, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y., Beebe, B., Little, D., and Penkrot, J.A., “Eighteen- Versus Twelve- Month In-Core Fuel Cycle: ALPS Economics Search Capability,” ANS Intl. Mtg. On Advances in Reactor Physics and Mathematics and Computation Into the Next Millennium, PHYSOR2000, VII.A, May 2000, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Award Winner

  • Shatilla, Y.A., and Little, D.C., “In-Core Fuel Management Using TULIPTM Scripts in ALPS,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 81, 292, November 1999, California, USA, ANS Reactor Physics Division Best Paper Award.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., Little, D.C., Penkrot, J.A., and Holland, R.A., “Biased Multi-Objective Function Optimization in Westinghouse Advanced Loading Pattern Search Code, ALPS,” Intl. Conf. On Mathematics and Computation, Reactor Physics, and Environmental Analysis in Nuclear Applications, 1635, September, 1999, Madrid, SPAIN.
  • Little, D.C., Shatilla, Y.A., Penkrot, J.A., and Holland, R.A., “Constraints-Driven Advanced Loading Pattern Search Code, ALPS,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 80, 224-227, June 1999, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., Little, D.C., Penkrot, J.A., and Holland, R.A., “Biased Multi-Objective Function Optimization in Westinghouse Advanced Loading Pattern Search Code, ALPS,” The 8th In-Core Management Seminar, 51-62, May 20-21, 1999, Suanbo, KOREA.

Invited

  • Chao, Y.A.,  Shatilla, Y.A., Ida, T., and  Tahara, Y., ”Challenges to Nodal Diffusion Methods for Cores with Mixed Oxide Fuel,” International Conference on the Physics of Nuclear Science and Technology, 9-14, October 5-8, 1998, New York, USA.
  • Chao, Y.A., and Shatilla, Y.A., ”Challenges to Nodal Diffusion Methods for Cores with Mixed Oxide Fuel,” 11th Brazilian Meeting on Reactor Physics and Thermal Hydraulics (XI ENFIR) and the 4th Brazilian Meeting on Nuclear Applications (IV ENAN), August 18-22, 1997, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • Hulme, J., Lesho, S., Morgan, J., Piplica, A., Schaub, L., and Shatilla, Y., “Nuclear Design Report for the Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Unit 1 Cycle 8,” WCAP-14951, Westinghouse Electric Company, Pennsylvania, USA, July 1997.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “Westinghouse Advanced Nodal Code with Pin Power Reconstruction for MOX Applications,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 76, 179-181, June 1997, Florida, USA.
  • Bradfute, J., Shatilla, Y., and Johansen, B. “Recent Developments in Westinghouse Automated Fuel Management Code, ALPS,” ANS 1997 Advances in Nuclear Fuel Management II, EPRI TR-107728-V1, 8-49, March, 1997, South Carolina, USA.
  • Yarbrough, M., Morgan, J., Huang, J., Hulme, J., Lesho, S., Piplica, A., Rios, L., Schaub, L., and Shatilla, Y., “Nuclear Parameters and Operations Package for the Donald C. Cook Nuclear Power Plant, Unit 1 Cycle 16,” WCAP-14852, Westinghouse Electric Company, Pennsylvania, USA, March 1997.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., Chao, Y.A., and Tahara, Y., “Theory of Westinghouse Advanced Nodal Code for MOX Applications,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 74, 168-170, November 1996, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Chao, Y.A. and Shatilla, Y.A., ”Conformal Mapping and Hexagonal Nodal Methods – II: Implementation in the ANC-H Code,” Nucl. Sci. Eng., 121, 210-225 (1995).
  • Shatilla, Y.A. and Chao, Y.A., “Benchmark Problems for Two Group Hexagonal Geometry Nodal Diffusion Codes,” ANS 1995 Int. Conf. on Mathematics and Computations, Reactor Physics and Environmental Analyses, Vol. II, 1233, April 1995, Utah, USA.

Book

  • Gavrilas, M., Hejzlar, P., Todreas, N., and Shatilla, Y., Safety Features of Operating Light Water Reactors of Western Design, CRC Press, Inc., Florida, 1995.
  • Mayhue, L., Chao, Y., Huria, H., Smith, R., Morita, T., Mecir, V., and Shatilla, Y., “Core Physics Methodology Report,” TEM-FUEL-009, June 1994, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pennsylvania, USA.

Invited

  • Huria, H., Chao, Y., Kichty, M., Downs, T., Shatilla, Y., Morita, T., and Adorjan, F., “The Theory and Methodology of the Westinghouse PHOENIX-H/ANC-H Nuclear Design Code System for Hexagonal PWR Cores,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 71, 474, November 1994, Washington, D.C., USA.
  • Chao, Y.A. and Shatilla, Y.A., “The Theory of ANC-H: A Hexagonal Nodal Diffusion Code Using Conformal Mapping,” ANS 1994 Top. Mtg. Advances in Reactor Physics, Vol. II, 324, April 1994, Tennessee, USA.

Award Winner

  • Chao, Y.A. and Shatilla, Y.A., “A Nodal Expansion Method Using Conformal Mapping for Hexagonal Geometry,” Trans. Am. Nucl. Soc., 69, 465, November 1993, California, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “A Simple Quadratic Nodal Model for Hexagonal Geometry,” D.Sc. Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, September 1992, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Shatillla, Y.A., “A Simple Quadratic Nodal Method for Hexagonal Geometry,” ANS 1992 Midwest Student Conf., April 1992, Michigan, USA.
  • Shatilla, Y.A. and Henry, A.F., “A Simple Quadratic Nodal Model for Hexagonal Geometry,” ANS 1992 Top. Mtg. on Advances in Reactor Physics, Vol. I, 488, April 1992, South Carolina, USA.
  • Mandour, M.A. and Shatilla, Y.A., “Characteristics of the Produced Gamma-Radiations in Iron Irradiated with Fast Neutrons,” Alexandria Engineering Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2, 1-14, April 1988, Alexandria, Egypt.
  • Shatilla, Y.A., “Characteristics of the Produced Gamma-Radiation in A Medium Irradiated with Fast Neutrons,” M.Sc. Thesis, Alexandria University, April 1988, Alexandria, Egypt.