Robert Rosner

Senior Associate, KICP
William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Robert Rosner
Eckhardt Research Center
Room 509
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-0560


Ph.D., Physics, Harvard, 1976


Most of Bob’s science relates to fluid dynamics and plasma physics problems, as well as in applied mathematics and computational physics, including the development of modern high-performance computer simulation tools.  Most of his interests are in complex systems (ranging from astrophysical objects to nuclear fission reactors).  He’s been especially active in the areas of solar and stellar physics and high-energy astrophysics, as well as in the use of laboratory experiments in verification and validation of simulation codes and in uncertainty quantification of computational modeling. Within the past decade, he has been increasingly involved in energy technologies, and in the public policy issues that relate to the development and deployment of various energy production and consumption technologies, including especially nuclear energy, the electrification of transport, and energy use in urban environments.  (He’s a co-founder of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute.)  He’s also involved with issues related to nuclear nonproliferation, and currently chairs the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

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