Phone: 505-277-7964
Fax: 505-277-5433

Physical Address

Room 259
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

01 1130
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering


PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

MS, Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles 2002


Dr. Blandford joined the University of New Mexico as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2012. Prior to that, Dr. Blandford was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University where he worked dominantly on reactor safety issues and safeguards technology development for pyroprocessing technology. He also worked for several years as a project manager at the Electric Power Research Institute focusing on steam generator thermal-hydraulics and material degradation management. Dr. Blandford’s research interests at UNM include risk-informed design guidance for advanced reactors including reliability of passive safety systems, thermal-fluids experimental validation, fluoride salt-cooled high temperature reactor technology development, LWR severe accident experimentation, and process monitoring simulation for safeguards applications. 

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory reactor physics
  • Radioactive waste management
  • Reactor safety

Research Interests

  • Nuclear reactor thermal-fluids in support of the safety of nuclear installations
  • Risk-informed design guidance for advanced reactor systems and electrochemical separations facilities
  • Liquid fluoride salt reactor design
  • Physical protection strategies and risk management

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