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Jasmina Vujic, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair 
Department of Nuclear Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
Executive Director for Sustainable Energy
PrometheusUs Group, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Vujic's career started as a researcher and lecturer at the Nuclear Science Institute, Vinca, Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1977. In 1989 after getting her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, she joined the staff at Argonne National Laboratory. In 1992 she joined the staff in the Nuclear Engineering Department at UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor and is now Professor and Chairman of the department. In addition Dr. Vujic is Director of the Davis Etcheverry Computing Facility and Director of the Advanced Nuclear Engineering Computing Laboratory. Both facilities provide computing services for advanced research and teaching for various departments at UCB.
Areas of Expertise:
Physics of fission reactors. Advanced nuclear reactor analysis and design. Development of modern numerical methods in radiation transport (collision probability, method of characteristics, Monte Carlo). Optimization techniques for vector and parallel processing. Shielding, radiation protection, and health physics. Analysis of the environmental and radiological safety characteristics of fusion/fission systems. Medical application of radiation in cancer diagnostic and therapy, BNCT. Accelerator-based neutron sources; D-D and D-T. Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in reactor physics and reactor analysis, numerical methods in reactor analysis, and dosimetry and shielding.
Professional Achievement and Awards:
Jasmina Vujic is an internationally recognized expert in the advanced method development for reactor analysis and design, as well as for medical applications of radiation. Her general geometry collision probability code GTRAN2 has been licensed to General Electric and Toshiba. Also, the GTRAN2 code was chosen by the U.S. Department of Energy in 1991 as the computational methodology for assembly design of the MHTGR core for tritium production.
Dr. Vujic is a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and has held various executive positions in several divisions of ANS. She is a member of American Health Physics Society. Dr. Vujic is also a President of the Association of Electrical Engineers, alumni of the University of Belgrade (the ETF Belgrade Alumni and Friends Association in the U.S.). In 2001 she organized and co-chaired an international conference on environmental recovery of Yugoslavia. Since 1992, Dr. Vujic has given over 80 invited presentations/lectures in the U.S. and abroad (China, Japan, S. Korea, Yugoslavia, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Bulgaria). She is a reviewer for Nuclear Technology, Nuclear Engineering and Design, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Journal of Computational Physics, Nuclear Science and Engineering, Progress in Nuclear Energy, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Vujic has received many awards including the 1996 Prytanean Faculty Award at University of California at Berkeley; the Best Paper Award at the 1991 ANS Winter Meeting in San Francisco, CA; the 1991 Argonne National Laboratory Annual Exceptional Performance Award; the Best Program Award at the Int. Topl. Mtg. on Advances in Mathematics, Computations, and Reactor Physics, Pittsburgh, PA, in 1991; the 1989 Distinguished Achievement Award for outstanding work in Nuclear Engineering, College of Engineering, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and the Exceptional Teaching Award, Nuclear Sciences Institute, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (1982). She is holder of one patent and authored close to 200 publications, including over 60 research papers published in leading archival journals, as well as several awarded papers. She has been consultant for General Electric, Transware, VeriTainer, and other companies.
The professional career from 1972 - 1974 includes assignments at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and United Nations in Sana’a, Yemen. Working with UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and FAO local offices in Sana’s, collected data for studies in the development, health and nutrition of pre-school children.

Career with the Arlington County Government, Virginia (1975 - 2006) spans administrative and technical functions in municipal information systems. Area of expertise in urban and regional information management includes municipal operations, such as urban planning, economic development, zoning, real estate assessments, building permits, utilities, transportation, financial and administrative systems, district and circuit courts, police and fire systems, public works operations, libraries, information technology in public health, employment, social services, housing programs, and strategic planning of integrated enterprise information technologies. Experience also includes a workflow functional analysis, and integrated customer services reengineering.

Branka Al-Hamdy was invited speaker and lecturer at numerous events, including URISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) conferences at Denver (1995), Fort Lauderdale (1994), Los Angeles (1996), MIX (IBM’s Metropolitan Exchange) conference in New York (1995) and Albuquerque, (1997) , ORACLE Executive Retreat, Phoenix (1997), ICMA (International City Management Association) conference in Des Moines (1997) and G2G VA (Government to Government Information Exchange) roundtables in Richmond (2005), Virginia Beach (2006).

Representing US local governments, in 1994 Branka Al-Hamdy served a two-year term on IBM International Advisory Council, providing input to IBM development in Kingston on a range of new technologies, including SQL based geographic information systems.
In 1990, a one year consulting services were provided to NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, in the implementation of Northwestern University’s Library System (NOTIS), to automate and integrate research libraries across all NASA Centers.
Branka Al-Hamdy served as a President of G2G VA (2000 - 2005), organization of local governments that worked with Virginia State Agencies to integrate information systems and facilitate data exchange.

In 1991 founded Balkans History and Anthropology providing a forum for the research and information exchange on Balkans, and its role in the development of Indo-European identity, agriculture and pastoralism.

Membership: URISA, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, ICMA, International City/County Management Association.

Masters Degree, Political Sciences, Zagreb, Croatia

Branka Al-Hamdy, M.A.
Executive Director, Sustainable Urban Development
PrometheusUs Group, Washington, D.C.
Simonida Perica Uth, M.F.A.
Executive Director for Content in Arts and Media
PrometheusUs Group, Washington, D.C.

Simonida Perica Uth comes from long linage of artists and politicians. Her earliest interests were archeology and painting. She graduated from the School for Industrial Design, Graphic Department, in Belgrade, Serbia, and went on to the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade. While there, Simonida concentrated her studies on the human form and attended the University of Medicine’s anatomy classes. While studying, she worked part time in the Belgrade RTV and Avala film studios as an intern: she was fortunate to meet and observe the productions of several renowned film directors lincluding Sergei Fedorovich Bondarchuk, Francis Ford Coppola, Orson Wells, and actors like Danny Kaye, Horst Buchholz and many more. Simonida’s father, Radomir Perica, was a multiple winner of the Gutenberg Award for graphic design; and her mother, Vera, was the director of the drawing department at Avala Film Studios (Belgrade, Serbia). Growing up traveling and watching her father design thousands of square meters of space for the Yugoslavia-Public exhibitions of Fashion and Industry in Beijing, Moscow, Prague and Paris, she acquired knowledge of the exhibition trade.

Graduating from college with a specialty in Byzantine Art: mosaic and frescos, Simonida began her career as a painter. Of her work the famous art critic Oto Bihalji Merin wrote, “ Simonida’s talented hand brings forth Byzantine mysticism, reminiscence of baroque infinity, melancholy romanticism and the subconsciousness of surrealism.” Since that time, her paintings, drawings and sculptures have been exhibited widely around the world. Exhibitions include:
Museum Cvijeta Zuzoric (1980), Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Gallery Lorelei (1981), Brussels, Belgium
Gallery Milan (1981), Berlin, West Germany
TRW Exhibition (1981), Los Angeles, California
Gallery Sokolov (1981), Laguna Beach, California
ArtExpo (1986), New York, NY
Luther Gallery (1988), Washington, DC
International Club of Washington (1991) Washington, DC
Alex Gallery (1992), Washington, DC
Nazarian Bros. (1993), Washington, DC
B’nai B’rith Museum (1994), Washington, DC
Creighton University Gallery (1997), Omaha, Nebraska
B’nai B’rith Museum (1998), Washington, DC
Liliana Gallery (2002), Lenox, Massachusetts
Over the years, Simonida has created a wide range of art in a wide variety of media including: mosaic in-concrete (indirect method) and in-mortar (direct method), fresco (al primo and secco), iconography, oil paintings, tempera, acrylic, drawings in: china ink, silver point, sanguine, oil pastel. Graphic art techniques: aquatint and etchings. And metal leaf on any material including a human body. (She developed a special nontoxic medium for this purpose in 1998.)

In the 1980s, Simonida and her family moved to the United States. In addition to her painting, she worked as a mosaic artist at St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC and was the last apprentice to the master mosaic artist, Demetrios Dukas. For several years Simonida was a project assistant at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. There she was involved in the transfer of all bibliographical data on Byzantine studies to microfiche as part of a Harvard-Oxford collaboration.

While living in Washington, DC, she has designed and executed a number of large public events and exhibitions. These include:
The Annual Bastille Day Celebration at the French Embassy, Washington, DC, which included décor, stage design, art, catalogues, and publicity.
Hospice of North Virginia. A large fundraising banquet at the Ritz Carlton, McLean, VA, that included banquet décor and stage design, art, and publicity materials.
The Historical Society of Washington, DC. Designer and curator for the gallery exhibit, “Wages of War: Bonus Army to Baghdad.” The exhibition was widely praised and covered by the press.

Simonida has also earned a reputation over the past few years as a digital graphic artist, specializing in logos and digital restoration of images. She restored over 500 badly damaged images to a near original state for the book, “Mario Bava, All the Colors of the Dark” by Tim Lucas, with an introduction by Martin Scorsese.

For the past two decades, Simonida has also worked with her husband in the production of television documentaries shown nationally on PBS. She worked as a producer on the film, “Tesla: Master of Lightning,” widely regarded as the authoritative documentary on the electrical inventor Nikola Tesla. She was an Executive Producer and Art Director for the national Emmy-nominated documentary "Hallowed Grounds", and she also worked as Art Director for the National Emmy Award-Winning documentary "Korean War Stories.”