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James Paul Holloway | Faculty

James Holloway

Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education;
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor;
Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

1261 Lurie Engineering Center (LEC)

 

 

Profile Story

James always had a knack for building things from the ground up: forts, telescopes, radios and even darkrooms. He loved being able to see his creations jump from imagination to reality, and his childhood was punctuated by curiosity and the precipitate of chemistry sets—none of which, he assures, resulted in any fires (though "not for lack of trying"). With all that tinkering and toying, it seems James was destined to become an engineer.

James' collegiate aspirations led him to pursue nuclear engineering (among a myriad other subjects), where he, as a young student, endeavored to create the first fusion power plant. "Turns out that's really hard to do," he laughs, grinning at the memory of his own overzealousness. "I can distinctly remember telling one of the faculty on the first day of class, 'I'm here to make a fusion energy plant.' He looked amused and said, 'You might want to think about physics instead of engineering.'"

"I've been at a lot of universities, but there's just something else here. I love this place; it's been over twenty-two years now.  I love everything about this University and this institution."
James Holloway

While the blueprints for his fusion plant might have been shelved, James continued to explore and expand his expertise, eventually discovering a sincere passion for teaching. "I really, really love teaching students. They're amazing people with immense energy and an innovative, collaborative, creative spirit."

In 1990, James joined the faculty of U-M as an assistant professor for Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. In 2007, he became associate dean for undergraduate education. With the responsibility to meld the hemispheres of industry and impact, he dedicated himself to introducing students not only to the world of engineering but to the world at-large.

James, having spent most of his childhood living in Thailand, became a global citizen at a young age, and he is adamant that all students understand the importance of international community and identity. He has worked dutifully to make sure the College provides ample opportunity for its students to do just that.

"One of the things we're doing is pushing for our students to have authentic experiences where they can take what they've learned in the classroom and really internalize it," he says. "They can use it in a deeply complicated way and reflect on it, so everything from student programs to traveling abroad are ways our students can use what they're learning."

Recently, as a testament to his continued efforts to encourage study abroad and international presence, he was appointed to be the vice provost for global and engaged education. James might be moving away from North Campus, but his ties with the College will last a lifetime.

"There's something about Michigan," he reflects thoughtfully and finally.  "I've been at a lot of universities, but there's just something else here. I love this place; it's been over twenty-two years now.  I love everything about this University and this institution."

Short Bio

EDUCATION

University of Virginia
PhD Engineering Physics ’89

Cambridge University
Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics

University of Illinois
MS Nuclear Engineering ’84
BS Nuclear Engineering ’82

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

University of Michigan
Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education, July 2013 - present
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Sept. 2007 - present
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Engineering, July 2007 - July 2013
Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Sept. 2005 - present
Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Sept. 1996 - Sept. 2005
Assistant Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, Jan. 1990 - Aug. 1996

Institut fur Reaktorsicherheit, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Technik und Umwelt
Guest Scientist, May 1996 - July 1996

University of Virginia
Research Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics, Jan. 1989 - Dec. 1989

Specialization and Research Interests

Neutron and photon transport theory, nuclear reactor physics and control, nonlinear dynamics, inverse problems, plasma kinetic theory, mathematical analysis of engineering problems, computational physics and engineering and primary energy production.

Honors and Awards

2014: Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award (Production of an extraordinary and significant piece of work from current or recent collaboration in teaching or research to the College of Engineering – awarded for the work of the CRASH Center)

2011:
Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

2007: Named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor by the University of Michigan in recognition of outstanding contributions to undergraduate education

2005: Committee on Institutional Cooperation Academic Leadership Program Fellow (CIC-ALP Fellow)

2004: Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Alpha Nu Sigma Faculty Teaching Award (This is awarded by vote of the students of the department.)

2004: Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award

2001: University of Michigan ASEE Student Chapter Annual Distinguished Lecturer

2000: American Nuclear Society Young Member Engineering Achievement Award

2000: Alpha Nu Sigma Faculty Teaching Award

2000: Teaching Excellence Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering

2000: Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary service on the ABET99 working group within the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

1997: Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Service Award

1996: Certificate of Special Recognition, Mentorship Program, Macomb Mathematics Science & Technology Center

1996: Alpha Nu Sigma Michigan Alpha Outstanding Faculty Member Award

1994: 1938E Award: University of Michigan College of Engineering award for Excellence in Teaching and Student Mentoring

1993-1998: National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award

1993: Department of Nuclear Engineering Teaching Award/Alpha Nu Sigma Outstanding Faculty Member Award

1989: Allan Talbott Gwathmey Memorial Award (The University of Virginia's award for outstanding evidence of research ability in a fundamental problem of the physical sciences.)

1987 & 1988: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Office of Space Science and Applications Graduate Student Researchers Program Awards

1986: American Nuclear Society Robert A. Dannels Memorial Award; ANS National award to the outstanding graduate student in nuclear science and engineering

HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTIONS

2003: Order of the Engineer

1985: Sigma Xi

1983: Alpha Nu Sigma

1982: Tau Beta Pi

Publications

For an extended list of publications and experience, please consult James' CV, available here (.pdf).

BOOKS AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • James Paul Holloway, A Brief History of Arthur F. Thurnau, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2009.
  • James Paul Holloway. Introduction to Engineering Programming. John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2004. (ISBN 0-471-20215-0)
  • Symposium on Energy and the Environment: The Role of Nuclear Power, James Paul Holloway and John C. Lee, Eds, Proceedings of a Symposium, October 2-4, 2002. DEStech Publications, Lancaster PA, 2003.
  • J. J. Dorning, William J. Decker and James Paul Holloway. "Controlling the Dynamics of Chaotic Convective Flows," Applied Chaos, J. H. Kim (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1992. Chapter 7.

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Ryan G. McClarren, James Paul Holloway, "A Quasi-Linear Implementation of High-Resolution Time Integration for the Pn Equations," Nuclear Science and Engineering, 159, 330-337 (2008).
  • Ryan G. McClarren, James Paul Holloway and Thomas A. Brunner, "Analytic P1 solutions for time-dependent thermal radiative transfer in several geometries," Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 109, 389-403 (2008).
  • Ryan G. McClarren, James Paul Holloway and Thomas A. Brunner, "On solutions to the Pn equations for thermal radiative transfer," Journal of Computational Physics, 227, 2864-2885 (2008).
  • Ryan G. McClarren, James Paul Holloway, Thomas A. Brunner and Thomas A. Mehlhorn, "A Quasi-Linear Implicit Riemann Solver for the Time-Dependent Pn Equations," Nuclear Science and Engineering,155, 290-299 (2007). Invited.
  • Shannon M. Bragg Sitton and James Paul Holloway, "Autonomous reactor control using model based predictive control for space propulsion applications," Annals of Nuclear Energy, 33, 1368-1378, (2006).
  • David P. Griesheimer, William R. Martin and James Paul Holloway, "Convergence Properties of Monte Carlo Functional Expansion Tallies," Journal of Computational Physics, 211, 129-153 (2006).
  • Thomas Brunner and James Paul Holloway, "Two Dimensional Time Dependent Riemann Solvers For Neutron Transport," Journal of Computational Physics, 210, 386-399 (2005).
  • Scott Sepke, Y.Y. Lau, James Paul Holloway and Donald Umstadter, "Thomson scattering and ponderomotive intermodulation within standing laser beat waves in plasma," Physical Review E, 72, 026501, (2005). (Paper selected to appear in the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science).
  • Corey Collard, James Paul Holloway and M. L. Brake, "RF Plasma Conditions for Growth of Carbon Nanostructures," IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 33, 170-175 (2005).
  • S. P. Song, M. A. Crimp, V. M. Ayres, C. J. Collard, J. P. Holloway, and M. L. Brake, "New Hetero Silicon-Carbon Nanostructure Formation Mechanism," Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 4, No. 7, 817-823 (2004).
  • James Paul Holloway and Hatice Akkurt, "The fixed point formulation for large sample PGNAA-Part 1: Theory," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 522, 529-544 (2004).
  • Hatice Akkurt, James Paul Holloway and L. E. Smith, "The fixed point formulation for large sample PGNAA-Part 2: Experimental Demonstration," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 522, 545-557 (2004).
  • Bruce Wayne Patton and James Paul Holloway, "Application of Preconditioned GMRES to the Numerical Solution of the Neutron Transport Equation," Annals of Nuclear Energy, 29, 109-136 (2002).
  • Thomas Brunner and James Paul Holloway, "One-Dimensional Riemann Solvers and the Maximum Entropy Closure," Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 69, 543-566 (2001).