He has wide experience leading national and international advanced fuel development programs, including first-of-a-kind testing of metal fuel with high minor actinide content, high-temperature ceramics for gas-cooled fast reactors, and U-Mo based research reactor fuel. He was instrumental in the startup of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) program and served as interim director and scientific program manager. He is currently the director of Characterization and Advanced Post-irradiation Examination at Idaho National Laboratory. In this role, he oversees the development and utilization of new facilities and analysis tools that provide critical information on fuel and material performance to the nuclear energy research community. He has also worked in the areas of characterization of nuclear waste forms, novel routes for fabrication of low-cost silicon carbide fibers, and high-temperature creep and oxidation resistant intermetallic materials.
Grant is the program manager for cybersecurity research in the Division of Chemical and Biological Sciences (DCBS) at Ames Laboratory. His focus has been on developing software for integrations with cyber defensive tools for the automated cyber threat information sharing program, the Cyber Fed Model (CFM), at Argonne National Laboratory. Additionally, he has provided expertise in research projects developing correlation of publicly exposed devices with vulnerabilities and machine learning for intrusion detection of grid systems. Prior to joining Ames Laboratory, he was in the Aerospace industry in various product development and management roles with formerly United Technologies Aerospace Systems. This included supporting development of cybersecurity policy and secure development life cycles for safety critical systems as well as secure design and assessment of real-time systems bridging security domains on various aircraft network busses. He received an M.S. in technology management from the University of St. Thomas and B.S. in computer engineering from Iowa State University.
He is a research and development engineer in the Experiment Analysis Group of Nuclear Science and Technology at Idaho National Laboratory. In his present position, he leads in-pile instrumentation development for transient irradiation testing and is a principal investigator for transient testing of metallic fuels. He is an experiment safety and performance analyst for experiments at the Advanced Test Reactor and the Transient Reactor Test Facility. In addition, he is a technical lead for measurement of thermophysical properties of nuclear materials. He has expertise in energy transport in condensed matter, liquids, gases, and material interfaces. He has significant experience in advanced measurements of thermophysical properties of nuclear materials using multi-scaled approaches, including nano-scale measurements using atomic force microscopy, laser-based microscopic photothermal methods, and bench-scale high temperature thermal conductivity techniques. He also has expertise in numerical and commercial finite element analysis. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University and a joint doctorate from Utah State University and Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. He is a member of American Nuclear Society (ANS) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was the founding president of the ANS Student Chapter at Utah State University and currently serves as an Executive Committee member for the Material Science and Technology Division of ANS.
He is a computer scientist in the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory working on a variety of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) projects. He is an integral part of the Analysis of Mobility Platforms (AMP) logistics modeling project for U.S. Transportation Command. He has also been the lead investigator on a program for the Naval Research Laboratory doing Electronic Warfare (EW) M&S, which includes both EW system modeling as well as detailed Radio Frequency (RF) propagation modeling in complex environments. Among his research interests is the development of remotely distributed deep-learning image recognition systems for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) detection. He participated in numerous government and military test and evaluation events for UAS mitigation systems and did analysis on UAS threats to critical infrastructure and methods for protection. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in computer science and robotics and is currently pursuing a master's in analytics at the University of Chicago with an emphasis on advanced computational models, including computer vision and machine learning algorithms.
He is a materials engineer and laboratory fellow at Idaho National Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University. He serves as the technical lead for the Next Generation Nuclear Plant High Temperature Alloys Research and Development Program and on the management board as the Metals Working Group chair for the Gen IV International Forum Very High Temperature Reactor Materials Program and on the strategic planning board for Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Materials Integration. His specialties include the research and development of alloys for use in high-temperature reactors. He recently was the principal investigator and technical lead on Next Generation Nuclear Plant High Temperature Metals Research and Development for the U.S. Department of Energy. He is the author of 65 peer-reviewed articles and 35 conference proceedings, and holds seven U.S. patents.
He is a licensed professional engineer and the seismic research and development group lead at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). In this role, he built a capability at INL to deploy advanced analytical methods and numerical tools used for seismic nonlinear soil-structure interaction analysis and quantifying nuclear power plant risk to external hazards, such as seismic and flooding. His background is in vibrational analysis of structures and spent fuel storage and in high-level waste processing. He has over 13 years of experience with spent fuel canister impact analysis using Explicit Finite Element Analysis (FEA) codes. He has performed linear and nonlinear vibrational analysis, including vibrational analysis of spent nuclear fuel, seismic analysis of used nuclear fuel storage racks, and seismic soil-structure interaction (SSI) analysis of nuclear facilities and nuclear power plants. He has performed nonlinear time domain collapse analysis of high-level waste and nuclear structures to determine margin to failure. He is also involved in research to understand technologies that could make advanced nuclear power plants economically viable. His research interests include the application of the business model canvas to research and development, cost-effective advanced reactor technology, nonlinear seismic SSI analysis, seismic protective systems, spent fuel transportation and storage, and beyond design basis threats to nuclear structures. He serves on the ASCE 4 and on ASCE 43 committees. He has authored numerous reports on nuclear canister impact analysis, seismic analysis, and seismic isolation. He has a master’s degree in engineering structures and mechanics.
He has been a Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1999, starting as a post-doctoral researcher in 1994. Rod is the Los Alamos Program Manager for the Fuel Cell and Vehicle Technologies Programs. He has worked on fuel cells for transportation at both Los Alamos and General Motors. He has 13 U.S. patents, authored over 100 papers related to fuel cell technology with over 8300 citations and an H-factor of 34. He has led projects on hydrogen production, water transport and PEM fuel cell durability. He was the Principal Investigator for the 2004 Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award, was awarded the 2005 DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award for his team's work in fuel cell durability, received the U.S. Drive 2012 Tech Team Award for the Fuel Cell Technical Team, was recently selected as the 2014 winner of the Research Award of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society and PI for the 2015 Fuel Cell Seminar Best Poster Award. He received a 2016 DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual Merit Award for Fuel Cells. He is a member of the DOE/US Drive Fuel Cell Technical Team, and is co-chair of the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office Durability Working Group and Director for the multi-lab consortium for Fuel Cell Performance and Durability (FC-PAD). As PI/co-PI, he has directed over $50M of funding at Los Alamos.
He joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 1994 and was promoted to laboratory fellow in 2005. He led the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Team from 2000 to 2007and served as the associate director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis (IIC) since 2008. In 2009, he assumed a joint position at Washington State University (WSU) and PNNL. In this position, he continues to be a laboratory fellow and associate director of IIC at PNNL and is the Voiland distinguished professor in chemical engineering at WSU, an endowed full professorship with tenure. He is best known for his leadership in the development of novel catalytic materials and reaction engineering for the conversion of fossil and biomass feedstocks to fuels and chemicals. He has authored 215 peer reviewed publications with more than 13,000 citations, co-edited two books and five special journal issues, and given more than 100 invited presentations. He is the inventor on 251 issued patents, including 97 issued U.S. patents (>90% of his patents are licensed to industries). His discoveries in microchannel reaction technologies led to the formation of Velocys, trading under the London Stock Exchange (VLS). He is a fellow of National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a member of Washington State Academy of Science (WSAS), and a fellow of four major professional societies: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Society of Chemistry (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has won numerous awards, including 2006 Asian American Engineer of the Year Award, Presidential Green Chemistry Award, three R&D 100 Awards, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Chemical Engineering at WSU, two PNNL Inventor of the Year Awards, Battelle Distinguished Inventor Award, and the first recipient of PNNL Laboratory Director's Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award. He is the past chair of the Energy and Fuel Division of the American Chemical Society and currently serves editorial board of seven catalysis and energy related journals, including ACS Catalysis and Catalysis Today.
Dr. Ikenna C. Nlebedim is an associate scientist and group leader at Ames Laboratory and the magnet thrust co-lead for the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). He contributes to CMI research efforts on recycling, additive manufacturing, thermomagnetic processing and system levels finite element modeling. He has a Ph.D. from Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, and an M.Sc. from KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. His research interests include recycling of materials, magnetoelastic and magnetoelastic materials, magnetic non-destructive evaluation, and magnetic systems modeling.
He received his bachelor's in chemistry from Reed College in 1990, and his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University in 1996. He specializes in multi-disciplinary problem solving in the physical sciences and their corresponding engineering disciplines. Over his 22-year research and development (R&D) career, he has developed expertise in physical chemistry, chemical kinetics, atmospheric chemistry, instrumentation, electronics (digital, analog, power, and RF), spectroscopic sensing, lasers, fiber optics and wave guides, classical optics, electro-optics, electromagnetics, electromechanical systems, heat transfer, materials science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing processes, and renewable energy technologies.
He has won four R&D 100 Awards, holds numerous patents, has 10 active licenses on his inventions, and given many invited talks on the subject of serial innovation. In 2015, he was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy as its Inaugural SunShot Innovator in Residence. He invented the Radical-Ion Flow Battery under the SunShot Innovator in Residence Program to address the need for low-cost, highly scalable electrochemical grid storage, and the performance limitations of prior art battery chemistries in this demanding application. His current research portfolio is focused on electrochemical grid storage, the elimination of rare-earth magnets in wind turbines, and semiconductor thermal management (power electronics, CPUs, GPUs).
He is a laboratory fellow and director of the Fuel Cycle Science and Technology Division at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). His primary focus is directing research and development of advanced technologies for spent nuclear fuel recycling and other chemical separation applications. He also serves as the national technical director for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Nuclear Technology Research and Development Material Recovery and Waste Form Development Program and is also the director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Institute at INL. He has 35 years of experience in chemical separation technologies involving spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Montana State University and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Khlopin Radium Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has published over 200 journal articles, reports and conference proceedings, and awarded 23 U.S. patents and six Russian patents, as well as received numerous awards, including an R&D 100 Award. He serves on the editorial board for the journal, Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society and the founder of an endowed chemical engineering scholarship at the University of Idaho. He has served on numerous international conference scientific advisory boards and technical program committees.
Dr. Chris Haase joins as Director of the Critical Materials Institute from GE Ventures, where he was Senior Director, leading new business creation and investment activities in the areas of oil & gas, power and renewables. With background in defense and natural resources, Chris has served as early-stage technology manager and investor in several corporate venture capital organizations, including Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1, BTG Ventures, Shell GameChanger and GE Ventures. In upstream energy, Chris served as the head business advisor to the Chief Technology Officer of Royal Dutch / Shell, managing alignment of R&D funding with the company’s long-term corporate strategy and value chains and also launching Shell’s latest venture fund, Shell Ventures. Additionally, Chris was Shell’s manager for external research, where he helped Shell close many innovative partnership agreements with universities and small enterprises in North America. With a background in numerical modeling, petrophysics and quantitative seismic interpretation, Chris has worked on oil & gas exploration and development projects, new upstream joint ventures and divestments involving assets in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, North Sea, Middle East and Australia.
A former US Department of Defense Fellow and adjunct professor at the United States Naval Academy, Chris held R&D positions with the Naval Ocean Systems Center (now SPAWAR) and Department of Defense and also served as a 10-year volunteer commercialization advisor for the National Technology Transfer Center and US Missile Defense Agency. An inventor with several patents, Chris received his Ph.D. and MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, his MBA from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and his Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio State University. Chris is married to Ineke and has two sons, Mark and Peter, both studying mechanical engineering in university.