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.
His experience at Idaho National Laboratory involves research, development, and engineering of processes and equipment, as well as managing projects and personnel in the treatment of various materials of interest for the U.S. Department of Energy, which includes spent nuclear fuel and associated high-level, transuranic and low-level wastes. The activities have primarily involved pyrochemical and electrochemical techniques and processes to separate and recover actinides from spent nuclear fuel, while directing fission and activation products into appropriate waste forms for disposal. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University and a master’s from Idaho State University. He is a professional engineer in chemical and nuclear engineering.
He is a staff scientist at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and a recognized expert in materials characterization and instrumentation. He has a doctorate in materials science and condenser matter physics from the University of California, Davis. His work has spanned global and nationwide collaborations. He has worked at premier nanocharacterization facilities at national laboratories and universities and has expert knowledge of scanning transmission electron microscopy, atom probe tomography and electron loss spectroscopy. His primary research interests lie in the investigation of materials and the origins of their physical properties. He has heavily leveraged the use of multidimensional microscopy, diffraction and artificial intelligence to address delays in data access and extraction, which has led to a new frontier in advanced microscopy. At INL, he continues to focus on the development and application of machine and deep learning in order to decipher and decimate information from images, spectra, and diffraction patterns to maximize the effectiveness, efficiency and utility of advanced microscopy. He is an invited academic faculty member and manager for a diverse group of postdoctoral research scientists, graduate students, and technicians across several national laboratories and universities. He is an author of 45 peer-reviewed publications, a recognized reviewer, and a technical contributing member to energy materials research. He was awarded two patents and has three patents pending, including an innovative approach to computational microscopy using machine learning.
Dr. Kevin M. Fox is fellow engineer in the Environmental Stewardship Directorate of the Savannah River National Laboratory. Dr. Fox’s current research focus is the development of innovative materials for the immobilization of nuclear wastes. Most recently, he has worked to further the understanding of crystallization in high level waste glasses to allow for maximizing the incorporation of waste constituents, and developed compositions for high waste concentration cementitious waste forms to minimize disposal volumes and cost. Dr. Fox has a background in structure/property relationships in ceramic materials, with a concentration on high temperature deformation of ceramic composites and advanced microstructural characterization techniques. He is a fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and serves on the Society’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Fox has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, co-edited 6 volumes, and has given more than 60 technical society presentations. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Ceramic Science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.
He is a distinguished scientist for the Aqueous Separations and Radiochemistry Department at Idaho National Laboratory. He has expertise in nuclear fuel separations (aqueous and pyrochemical), high-level waste treatment, decontamination, nuclear processing off-gas treatment, and low-level waste treatment. His areas of decontamination expertise include chemical, strippable coatings and laser decontamination methods. In 1991, he began the study of decontamination of stainless steel nuclear fuel reprocessing equipment and waste minimization. In 2004, he began developing decontamination technologies to remediate radioactive contamination from a dirty bomb for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His expertise in decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) was recognized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with a consultancy on decommissioning spent fuel pools and as a teacher for the IAEA D&D courses. He holds seven patents and won an R&D 100 Award in 2011. He is a founding member of the National Analytical Management Program (NAMP) and continues to serve as the High Dose/Hot Cell Subcommittee chairman. He serves as a member of the Waste Management Symposia Program Advisory Committee for the last 12 years and annually as the session chairman for Novel Decontamination Techniques. He is also a member of the ASTM Subcommittee E10.03, Radiological Protection for Decontamination and Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities and Components.