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James A. Turso

Associate Research Professsor


  • Radiation Science & Engineering Center
  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

122 Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Interest Areas:

Advanced instrumentation and control development for nuclear systems, parameter/system identification for nuclear systems, process modeling and simulation of nuclear systems




  • BS, Marine Engineering, S.U.N.Y Maritime College, 1984
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, 1990
  • MS, Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University, 1993
  • Ph D, Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University, 1995
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Idaho, 2009


Journal Articles

  • James A Turso and Samraj Nuernberger, 2018, "Toward the use of wavelet scalograms in the diagnostic analysis of rotating machinery transient data", Noise & Vibration Worldwide, pp. 12
  • James A Turso, 2018, "Penn State University TRIGA Reactor Digital Reactivity Computer: Development and Testing", Annals of Nuclear Energy, pp. 8
  • James A Turso, 2008, "Toward an Intelligent, Deterioration Accommodating Controller for Aging Turbofan", The Aeronautical Journal
  • James A Turso, 2007, "Shipboard Applications of Advanced Model-based Sensor Diagnostics", Northrop Grumman Technical Review Journal
  • James A Turso, 2007, "Reduced-Order Modeling and Wavelet Analysis of Turbofan Engine Structural Response due to Foreign Object Damage (FOD) Events", ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
  • James A Turso, 2007, "Accommodating Power Plant Anomalies via Artificial Neural", Journal of Intelligent Systems
  • James A Turso, 2005, "A Foreign Object Damage Event Detector Data Fusion System for Turbofan", AIAA Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication
  • James A Turso, 2004, "Kalman Filter-Based Maximum A Posteriori Probability Detection of Boiling Water Reactor Stability", IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology
  • James A Turso, 1997, "A Modal-Based Reduced-Order Model of BWR Out-of Phase", Annals of Nuclear Energy
  • James A Turso, 1995, "Hybrid Simulation of Boiling Water Reactor Dynamics Using a University Research Reactor", Nuclear Technology
  • James A Turso, 1992, "The Penn State Intelligent Distributed Controls", IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion
  • James A Turso, 1992, "Deformed Surface Curve Measurements Using Photogrammetric Techniques", Experimental Techniques

Conference Proceedings

  • Lawson Marie and Turso James, 2012, "Development and Hardware-In-The-Loop Analysis of Commercial Marine-Nuclear Propulsion Plant Programmable Logic Controller-Based Control"
  • James A Turso, 2010, "Propulsion Simulator/Stimulator Development for US NAVY’S Newest Gas Turbine-Powered Ship, LHD 8 USS Makin Island"
  • James A Turso, 2010, "U.S.S. Makin Island Auxiliary Propulsion System: Identification and Accommodation of System-Level Interactions"
  • James A Turso, 2003, "Smart Materials-Based Structural Vibration Isolation using H infinity - Based optimal control"
  • James A Turso, 1991, "Experience with Developing A Real World Advanced Control and Diagnostic Testbed Using a University Research Reactor"
  • James A Turso and Gokhan Corak, , "Penn State Breazeale Reactor Control System Replacement: System Development and Hardware-In-The-Loop Testing"
  • James A Turso and Emily Humes, , "Characterization of Penn State TRIGA Reactor External Irradiation Fixtures"

Research Projects

  • October 2016 - September 2019, "Wireless Reactor Power Distribution Measurement System Utilizing an In-Core Radiation and Temperature Tolerant Wireless Transmitter and a Gamma-Harvesting Power Supply," (Sponsor: Westinghouse Electric Company $).
  • February 2017 - September 2019, "Wireless Reactor Power Distribution Measurement System Utilizing an In-Core Radiation and Temperature Tolerant Wireless Transmitter and a Gamma-Harvesting Power Supply," (Sponsor: Westinghouse).
  • October 2017 - September 2018, "Digital Control and Safety System Modernization for the Penn State TRIGA Reactor," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • May 2018 - June 2018, "GPS III Program Component Neutron Irradiation," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • August 2017 - September 2018, "UTCAS Cannister N-SCAN," (Sponsor: UTC Aerospace Systems).
  • October 2017 - October 2017, "Misc Electronic Component Neutron Irradiation," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • December 2017 - December 2017, "Passive Fast Neutron Irradiation of JANS Diodes," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • August 2017 - October 2017, "NFI Testing Component Neutron Irradiation," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • June 2017 - June 2017, "SBIRS Program Component Neutron Irradiation," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • November 2016 - June 2017, "Continuation of Testing of Neutron Detector Instrumentation (NDI)," (Sponsor: DRS Consolidated Controls, Inc.).
  • February 2017 - February 2017, "Energy Multiplier Module (EM2) Zr3Si2 Reflector Material Pre-Irradiation Test," (Sponsor: General Atomics Inc.).
  • November 2016 - January 2017, "Testing of Neutron Detector Instrumentation (NDI)," (Sponsor: DRS Consolidated Controls, Inc.).
  • June 2016 - July 2017, "ENG SVC PER MIRV-SOW-004," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • April 2015 - April 2016, "Software Purchase for CPP Project: 23055," (Sponsor: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.).
  • August 2016 - August 2016, "Converging Missile Technology Component Neutron Irradiation," (Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company).
  • November 2016 - November 2016, "Testing of Neutron Detector Instrumentation (NDI)," (Sponsor: DRS Inc.).
  •   - April 2015, "Foxboro/Invensys Controls Equipment Grant," (Sponsor: Foxboro/Invensys Controls).
  • February 2015 - September 2015, "Cont. Pitch Propeller (CPP) System Hammering Issue - Evaluation and Resolution," (Sponsor: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.).
  • April 2014 - July 2014, "Analysis and Troubleshooting of CVN78 Generator Control Systems Issues," (Sponsor: Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.).

Honors and Awards

  • Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems Honor Roll of Inventors, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, May 2011
  • Best Paper Award, Northrop Grumman Technical Research Journal, Northrop Grumman, April 2008
  • U.S. Navy Certificate of Appreciation, United States Navy, PMS 377, May 2008
  • NASA Tech Brief Award (new technology awards - 2), NASA Glenn Research Center, June 2005
  • Bechtel Bettis Inc, Engineering Achievement Award, Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, May 2001


Service to Penn State:

  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Advisor, Generation Atomic, February 2017

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Board Member, Nuclear Ship Savannah Association, January 2010



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