Christopher M Perfetti


Phone: (505) 277-1945
Fax: (505) 277-5433

Physical Address

Room 1190
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Associate Professor

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Curriculum Vitae


PH.D. University of Michigan, Nuclear Engineering and Rad. Sciences, 2012

M.S. University of Florida, Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, 2008

B.S. University of Florida, Nuclear and Radiological Engineering, 2007


Dr. Christopher Perfetti is an Assistant Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico. Chris is currently the Chair of the National Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society, Chair of the ANS Trinity Local Section, Treasurer of the American Nuclear Society's Reactor Physics Division, Benchmarks Committee Chair in the American Nuclear Society's Mathematics and Computation Division, serves on the International Steering Committee for Nuclear Science Week, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History.

Prior to his appointment at UNM, Chris was an R&D scientist in the Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he developed the CE TSUNAMI-3D code for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis and served as the Sensitivity/Uncertainty Analysis Method Team Lead for the SCALE Code Package.

Chris received B.S. and M.S. degrees in nuclear and radiological engineering from the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012 under the mentorship of Professor Bill Martin. His dissertation work developed algorithms for adjoint-weighted sensitivity analysis using continuous-energy Monte Carlo methods with improved computational efficiency and reduced memory requirements.

In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, cycling, brewing beer, swing dancing, and horrible puns.

Perfetti Research Group

photo: Perfetti Research Group PhD Students (2021)
Perfetti Research Group PhD Students (2021)

photo: Perfetti Research Group Holiday BBQ Dinner (2022)
Perfetti Research Group Holiday BBQ Dinner (2022)

Teaching Interests

  • Neutron and Reactor Physics
  • Criticality Safety
  • Reactor Kinetics
  • Monte Carlo Methods

Research Interests

  • Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis
  • Radiation Transport and Computational Methods Development
  • Monte Carlo Methods
  • Criticality Safety
  • Reactor Physics and Advanced Reactor Design
  • Radioisotope Production
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Nuclear Data Evaluation and Integral Experiment Design
  • Cybersecurity