MOOSE Team


Derek Gaston is leading the Computational Frameworks group within the Fuel Modeling and Simulation Department at Idaho National Laboratory and is the primary developer of the Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment (MOOSE) HPC development and runtime framework. In 2006 he obtained a Master’s degree in Computational Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas in Austin. His background is in enabling large scale, parallel, scientific simulation with a particular interest in software frameworks. He has received multiple Laboratory Director awards at Idaho National Laboratory and received a 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering. Full CV


David Andrs, Ph.D., is a research scientist in the Fuel Modeling and Simulation Department at Idaho National Laboratory.  He works as a software developer for the computational framework called MOOSE (Multi-physics Object Oriented Simulation Environment) and as a software architect for nuclear power plant safety analysis program called RELAP-7.  Dr. Andrs has been working on the MOOSE project at INL for more than 3 years and on RELAP-7 for about 2 years.  He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of West Bohemia, in the Czech Republic and MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso. Full CV


Jason Miller was hired into the MOOSE group in December of 2010 to help with tasks ranging from Trac administration to small contributions into the MOOSE framework itself. His primary function is to maintain the MOOSE Compiler package, a host of libraries which MOOSE and MOOSE applications depend on. Full CV


Cody Permann has over 13 years experience working in scientific and technical computing fields at the Idaho National Laboratory. He obtained a bachelor’s of science in Computer Science with high honors from Idaho State University. He immediately began working at INL and completed his master’s degree in Computer Science with high honors at the University of Idaho in 2010.  He has made numerous impacts at the lab during his tenure including innovative development of a handheld based package tracking system still in use at the lab today. He is currently continuing his research and education towards his Ph.D. studying at Mississippi State University. Full CV


John William (JW) Peterson lived in Texas for over 30 years before coming to Idaho to work for the INL. While an undergraduate student in the Aerospace Engineering/Engineering Mechanics (ASE/EM) Department at the University of Texas at Austin, he received numerous merit-based awards. He obtained B.S. with honors, Master of Science in Engineering, and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Texas. After spending two years as a Research Associate at the Texas Advanced Computing Center helping to administer some of the largest open science computational resources in the world, he was hired as part of the MOOSE Framework development team. Full CV


Andrew Slaughter began his academic studies focusing on structural engineering while studying at Michigan Tech University (B.S.) and Washington State University (M.S.). He shifted focus for a Ph.D. at Montana State University where he studied Applied Engineering Mechanics and researched snow and avalanche physics. This work included extensive field, laboratory and computational research and paved the way for him being awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University in 2011. In 2013, he joined INL and the MOOSE team, adding to the wide spectrum of research expertise of the team. Full CV



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