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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Anthony  M. Scopatz

Title: Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering Program,Mechanical Engineering Department
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-7629
Fax: 803-777-6372
Resources: Curriculum Vitae[pdf]
Research Profile


Dr. Scopatz’s research interests revolve around essential physics modeling of the nuclear fuel cycle, information theory & entropy, predictive modeling, and the broader realm of computational science. He is a fellow of the Python Software Foundation. Dr. Scopatz has published and spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of engineering, science, and software development topics.


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear & Radiation Engineering Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011.
  • M.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear & Radiation Engineering Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007.
  • B.S., Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006.

Selected Publications

  • Anthony Scopatz and Kathryn Huff. "Effective Computation in Physics: Field Guide to Research with Python," O’Reilly Media, 2015.
  • Lamb, DQ, Scopatz, A, Tzeferacos, P, Daley, C, Fatenejad, M, Flocke, N, Graziani, C, Lee, D, Weide, K, Doyle, H, and others. "Validation and Predictive Radiation-Hydrodynamic Simulations with FLASH: Shock-Generated Magnetic Field Experiments Using the Vulcan Laser Facility at RAL". Bulletin of the American Physical Society . 58 (2013)
  • Scopatz, Anthony M, Schneider, Erich A, Li, Jun, and Yim, Man-Sung. "Entropy-Based Nuclear Fuel Cycle Sensitivities and Covariances". Nuclear Technology . 183 p. 45--61 (2013)
  • Anthony Scopatz, Fatenejad, Milad, Flocke, Norbert, Gregori, Gianluca, Koenig, M, Lamb, DQ, Lee, D, Meinecke, J, Ravasio, A, Tzeferacos, P, and others. "FLASH hydrodynamic simulations of experiments to explore the generation of cosmological magnetic fields". High Energy Density Physics . 9 p. 75--81 (2013)
  • Li, Jun, Scopatz, Anthony, Yim, Man-Sung, and Schneider, Erich. "The sensitivity of fuel cycle performance to separation efficiency". Nuclear Engineering and Design . 240 p. 511--523 (2010)
  • Anthony Scopatz and Schneider, Erich. "A new method for rapid computation of transient fuel cycle material balances". Nuclear Engineering and Design . 239 p. 2169--2184 Oct 2009 doi