Dear Participants -


Welcome to Saratoga and the 2009 International Conference on Advances in Mathematics, Computational Methods, and Reactor Physics (M&C 2009)! Over 2.5 years of planning culminates this week in Saratoga Springs, New York as M&C 2009 has arrived.


The continuing worldwide resurgence in nuclear power is evidenced by the impressive and broad technical program covering the latest advances in computational methods and numerical analysis for reactors and applications beyond. With ~285 papers and well over 300 attendees from around the world (including more than 90 students), the technical program is exceptionally strong. I would like to thank all of our authors and tutorial leaders; we look forward to hearing about your latest technical innovations and breakthroughs. I also want to recognize the outstanding efforts by our Technical Program Committee (led by Brian Aviles, Bob Grove, Enrico Sartori, and Aaron Watson).


I would also like to thank each and every one of our corporate sponsors, particularly our major sponsors: Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory and IBM. Through the generosity of all of our sponsors, we are able to provide for significant student support.


Your attendance and participation at the conference will help to make it a resounding success. We hope that you will be energized from the technical program and discussions, strengthen current friendships, make many new ones, and take advantage of the true charm of Saratoga.


On behalf of the entire local organizing committee, we would like to express our sincerest thanks for your help in making M&C 2009 one of the most intellectually stimulating and exciting conferences to date!





Ray Gamino

General Chair




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