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.
Starting at Sandia National Laboratories in August 2001, he is currently a principal member of the technical staff in Sandia’s Geochemistry organization. His primary role is project manager and overall technical lead on the Crude Oil Characterization Research Study, a 3-year, $10-million project investigating how crude oil properties affect potential combustion hazards during transportation and handling. In that role, he has extensive contact with a broad set of internal Sandia personnel and support organizations, as well as extensive external contact with federal sponsoring agencies in the United States and Canada and industry representatives in midstream oil and gas and associated service companies.
Prior to taking project manager responsibility on the crude oil research work in 2016, he served as a technical lead on the Sandia contract for geotechnical support of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in 2004 and focused on understanding and improving methods for sampling, measuring, and modeling crude oil properties and phase behavior in storage and handling applications. He led the technical scope development and aligned customer needs with Sandia capabilities for the $3-million annual project from 2010-2016. He was also principal investigator on numerous analyses and technical reports within the SPR scope during that period.
His first assignment at Sandia from 2001-2004 was as a principal investigator for developing and qualifying a wellbore stability model, which was a component of a larger performance assessment model of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
With 23 years of experience in engineering design, safety, and analysis of nuclear and energy systems, he has served as a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories since 1995, as well as a research associate professor at the University of New Mexico since 2012. His key areas of expertise include computational fluid dynamics, turbulence, dimpling, swirl, advanced manufacturing, and heat transfer. He is experienced with gas, water, molten salt, and heavy-water cooled reactors, including large, small, and miniature reactors. His primary technical achievements include right-sized dimpling, the LIKE algorithm, design of advanced fire sprinklers, isotropic turbulence decay model, development of five new vortices, a vortex unification theory, dynamic swirl modeling, and central recirculation zone modulation. He earned a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of New Mexico, as well as a doctorate in philosophy and apologetics from Trinity Seminary and College. He earned two master’s degrees in applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico and mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a bachelor’s in nuclear engineering from the University of California - Santa Barbara. He is currently writing an engineering book for the Springer Publishing Company entitled, “Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence Modeling.”
His areas of expertise include synthesis, structure, experimental thermodynamics, physical and chemical properties of intermetallic compounds containing rare earth metals, anomalous behavior of 4f-electron systems, magnetostructural phase transformations, physical properties of ultra-pure rare earth metals, caloric materials and systems, mechanochemistry, mechanically induced solid state reactions and mechanochemical transformations, and relationships between composition, structure, physical and chemical properties of materials. He is a distinguished professor of Materials, Science, and Engineering at Iowa State University, and is an FWP leader and faculty scientist at Ames Laboratory. He is a member of the Materials Research Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, and International Centre for Diffraction Data. He has his doctorate in inorganic chemistry and a bachelor’s and master’s in chemistry (with distinction), both from L’viv State University, L’viv, Ukraine.
Dr. James A. Dyer (Jim) is an Advisory Engineer in the Environmental Modeling Group at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, South Carolina. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, MCE in Environmental Engineering from the University of Delaware, and Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry from the University of Delaware. Before joining SRNL in 2016, Jim spent 32 years with the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware where he was a Chemical Engineering Principal Consultant in DuPont Engineering Research and Technology. Jim is an innovative leader in applying chemical and environmental engineering principles, know-how, and simulation tools to solve challenging technical problems of significant environmental concern. He has thirty-four years combined experience in plant process engineering, environmental and chemical engineering consulting, process and product development, and project engineering. Jim’s areas of expertise include mercury fate and transport, soil and groundwater remediation, geochemical modeling, reaction kinetics, aqueous thermodynamics, water and wastewater treatment, air emissions control, and pollution prevention. He is an experienced user of The Geochemist’s Workbench, OLI Software Suite, and HELP model.