He is currently serving as the national technical lead for the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration U.S. High Performance Research Reactor (USHPRR) Fuel Qualification Project with over 25 years of research and development leadership experience working with a diverse range of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies. In addition to his career at Idaho National Laboratory, he started several companies and worked in the private sector. He has 17 issued patents and over 100 technical publications to his credit. He has a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University and a doctorate in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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.
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 distinguished staff scientist/engineer at Idaho National Laboratory with dual responsibility as the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) technical interface and as the industry program lead for the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). In these capacities, he works closely with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy and the nuclear industry to ensure DOE facilities are used effectively to maintain the current reactor fleet and to enable innovation. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of mechanical testing and fracture mechanics and over 3 years of experience in extreme environment materials characterization and drilling mechanics at the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company in Houston, Texas. He has a doctorate (2001) and master’s (1998) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering technology (1995) from Central Washington University.
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