François Hemez has been Technical Staff Member at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1997. Prior to joining Los Alamos he was research associate at the French National Center for Scientific Research from 1994-1997. François earned a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1993 and graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris, France, in 1989. At Los Alamos François spent seven years in the Engineering Division, one of which as leader of the Validation Methods team. In 2005 he joined the X -Division for nuclear weapons design and analysis. François managed the verification and predictive capability projects of the Advanced Scientific Computing (ASC) program for several years, together with the uncertainty and validation project of the Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) program. He currently contributes to theoretical research in thermonuclear physics and supports various programmatic applications.
His research interests revolve around the development of methods for Verification and Validation (V&V), uncertainty quantification and decision-making, and their application to engineering, wind and nuclear energy, weapon physics and finance and economics projects. He developed and taught the first-ever graduate-level course offered in a U.S. University in the discipline of V&V (University of California San Diego, 2006).
François received the Junior Research Award of the European Association of Structural Dynamics in 2005; four U.S. Department of Energy Defense Program Awards of Excellence for applying V&V to programmatic work at Los Alamos (2006, 2010, 2011); and the D.J. DeMichele Award of the Society for Experimental Mechanics in 2010. François has authored 410+ technical publications and reports (including 41 peer-reviewed manuscripts), and given 120+ invited lectures or short-courses, since 1994.