X. George Xu biography

X. George Xu


1962 –


Who is X. George Xu?

Xie George Xu is currently a Professor and Head of the Nuclear Engineering Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

George Xu received a B.S. in Physics from Xidian University in Xi’an, China in 1983. After working several years, he came to study in the United States, where he received a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1994. He then joined RPI as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2001 and then Professor in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed the Head of Nuclear Engineering Program at RPI. In 2012, Xu was elected a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, making him the first China-born scholar ever to be elected to receive this honor. Xu is also the first China-born to have served as the head of a Nuclear Engineering program at an American university.

Xu heads the Rensselaer Radiation Measurement and Dosimetry Group. He and his colleagues are interested in novel computational and experimental methods that have important and diverse applications in radiation protection, radiation measurement, shielding design, reactor modeling, medical imaging, and radiotherapy. In particular, he uses Monte Carlo simulations as a research tool and has more than 20 years of experience in various production Monte Carlo codes. His recent research projects have included such diverse topics as parallel Monte Carlo computing using GPU/CUDA, nanomaterials-based x-ray sources, CT imaging and proton radiotherapy, compressive sensing for nuclear detection, and the ARCHER Monte Carlo testbed project. Xu has directed numerous projects, with a total funding of about $15 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Electric Power Research Institute, as well as private nuclear power industry including Entergy Nuclear. Xu has graduated 15 Ph.D. and 10 M.S. students. and he has authored or co-authored 140 peer-reviewed full papers and chapters, 250 conference abstracts, 90 invited seminars and presentations, 5 patents/disclosures and 5 software packages. An internationally recognized leading expert in Monte Carlo computation and radiation protection dosimetry, Xu has co-founded the International Consortium of Computational Human Phantoms and co-edited the “Handbook of Anatomical Models for Radiation Dosimetry."


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