Joe DeCiantis is a project manager at BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT). His work focuses on the development of a modeling and simulation toolset that uses innovative technology to perform rapid reactor design optimizations. Joe also contributed towards NASA’s Industry-led Flight Demonstration Study that produced conceptual engineering designs and corresponding programmatic assessments for a proposed near-term, in-space demonstration of a nuclear thermal propulsion reactor. Joe is currently leading BWXT’s contributions towards NASA’s Space Nuclear Propulsion Fuel Development Plan, which includes providing design, manufacturing and testing support.
Prior to joining BWXT in 2019, Joe was the Supervisor of the Neutronic Reload Design and Analysis at Framatome, Inc., where he led his team through more than a dozen successful licensing campaigns and several major core redesigns. He began his career at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, developing fast-spectrum nuclear reactors for space propulsion on the JIMO project.
Joe earned a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from the State University of New York Geneseo. He holds a lean six sigma green belt and prides himself in his drive for continuous learning.
Joe lives in Lynchburg, VA with his wife and three children. In his free time, he enjoys activities with his children, including in-house soccer matches, 3-on-1 wrestling and Mario Kart marathons.