Braden Scott Pecora is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He is working under the guidance of Professors Kevin Clarno and Michael E. Webber with a focus on computational nuclear energy.
With a B.S. in Computational Engineering, awarded with Highest and Special Honors, Braden's expertise spans numerical methods, programming, engineering mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and nuclear engineering. His current research involves the development of software for multiphysics simulation of molten salt nuclear reactors. Previously, Braden has studied and utilized power sector capacity expansion models and led the development of a proprietary Mixed Integer Linear Program (MILP) for optimal investment in hydrogen infrastructure. Outside of academia, Braden is a performing classical saxophonist and possesses intermediate language proficiency in Japanese.