How a young chess champion from the rural town of Famaillá, Tucumán, Argentina became a nuclear
engineer working on Atrial Fibrillation in Norway
Hi everyone, my name is Sergio Nabil Gadur. I am 27 years old. I come from the northern part of
Argentina. My town is characterized by the National Festival of Empanada and a lot of sugar cane plantations. The weather is very warm and humid. In that zone you will find many mountains, lakes and
My life story started in my adolescence when I fell in love with chess. I was the chess champion of my
province, Tucumán, for three consecutive years. Then I stopped playing professionally when my
university career began. After I successfully completed the first two and half years of chemical
engineering at the National University of Tucumán, thanks to the suggestion of some professors, I
realized there existed a prestigious institution of physics and engineering in the southern part of Argentina
(Patagonia), characterized by many mountains, rains and snow which attracted many international
tourists. These landscapes and the weather present the perfect opportunity to practice activities like skiing,
hiking and kayaking. However, my passions were always chess and cycling. So I took a Mathematics and
Physics exam to be admitted at the Balseiro Institute in Bariloche and after a psychological interview I
was accepted as a Bachelor of Sciences degree student.
A new adventure began accompanied with a new home, weather and classmates that would become my
new family. After five years I graduated as a nuclear engineer and successfully finished my master’s
degree. Both theses were performed in the computational fluid dynamics area in the Computational
Mechanics Department at the Bariloche Atomic Centre. I simulated fluid structure interaction problems
which involved passive safety devices to ensure the safety of nuclear reactors.
To my good fortune, it is remarkable that the study of fluid movement is an engineering branch that can
be addressed from different engineering careers, and is in charge of giving responses to problems from
different areas such as medicine, petroleum, race cars, etc.
I decided to change my life when I took the advice of a colleague from my office when I was a Master’s
student who told me that I could work computing blood flow. This idea fascinated me and started to run
through my head until it convinced me that studying non-Newtonian fluids like blood was what I was
predestined to do.
When I graduated, I applied for a PhD scholarship and after several interviews with Simula, I was
selected as the successful candidate of the PhD program at the University of Oslo. I have been working
from home (Argentina) since April 2021 because of the pandemic. I arrived in Oslo, Norway on
September 9, 2021. This is my first time in Europe so everything is new for me. New culture, new
language, and new company.
Regarding the scientific field, I am progressing in the verification of the Oasis Navier-Stokes solver
implementing a non-Newtonian fluid model.
As part of my secondments in the PersonalizeAF project, I will meet with my colleagues in Italy later in
October 2021. I am really excited about the potential networking through the trips in our secondments. It’s
a really good opportunity to collaborate together with other parts of the PersonalizeAF project. I will also
visit Barcelona and Germany as part of my secondments and it seems like a little trip to my roots, since
Argentina was founded by the Spanish, Italians and Germans.
I will keep you updated through these posts.
See you in the next post.
As always, please do not forget to follow the progress of all the ESR students involved the project by checking all the official sites.
Sergio Nabil Gadur, ESR13