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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 $).
  • October 2017 - September 2018, "Digital Control and Safety System Modernization for the Penn State TRIGA Reactor," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • 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.).
  • 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).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

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

Service to External Organizations:




The Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State is one of the nation’s largest and most successful engineering departments. We serve more than 1,000 undergraduate students and more than 330 graduate students

We offer B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering as well as resident (M.S., Ph.D.) and online (M.S., M.Eng.) graduate degrees in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. MNE's strength is in offering hands-on experience in highly relevant research areas, such as energy, homeland security, biomedical devices, and transportation systems.

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