From Idaho National Labs: “Young minds develop simple software to solve complex problems”

Cathy Koon

“From an office in Idaho Falls, a young computer techie and his team of computer and software gurus have developed a software framework that could accelerate nuclear fuels experiments by years.

Derek Gaston, group leader for the Computational Frameworks Group in the Fuels Modeling and Simulation Department, describes his work at Idaho National Laboratory as “development of tools to enable effortless creation of high-performance engineering multiphysics simulation capabilities.”

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Derek Gaston’s MOOSE (Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment) gives researchers a tool that could accelerate nuclear fuels experiments by years.

More simply, he has found a way for computers to solve equations and create simulations, thereby predicting reality and changing methods for research. It’s a software program he has dubbed MOOSE (Multiphysics Object Oriented Simulation Environment).

Gaston works in the field of multiphysics and has developed tools being used by laboratories and research institutions around the country to create cutting-edge multiphysics simulation codes. His work garnered him this year’s Early Career Achievement Award at the 15th Annual Idaho National Laboratory Honors Banquet. The award recognizes a high-potential individual under the age of 35. Gaston is 29, and he’s been enthralled with computers since he saw his first one as a first-grader in Missouri.”

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Multiphysics is a complex field of study that analyzes multiple physical models or multiple simultaneous physical phenomena.

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