Nuclear Engineering Department Advisory Council (NEDAC)

The purpose of the Council (NEDAC) is to provide observations, advice, feedback and support to the Nuclear Engineering (NE) Department Head and faculty. The NEDAC will consist of about fifteen members with terms of 5 years and staggered. NEDAC membership terms are subject to renewal by the Department Head upon consultation with the faculty and consent of the target NEDAC member. The Council itself will elect a Chair with concurrence by the NE Department Head.The NEDAC will review the NE Department’s Strategic Plan at least every other year and provide recommendations to the Department Head. The NEDAC will meet at least once a year. No substitutes will be permitted.Subcommittees of NEDAC will be formed as needed charged with addressing overarching issues of NE education and research; for example: Space and Facilities, National Recognition, Curriculum Review, Diversity Efforts, Lab/Industry/University Interaction, and Fund Raising. The NEDAC members are encouraged to champion and facilitate senior design projects, internships for undergraduate and graduate students, employment of NE graduates, and support outreach and research activities.


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Dr. Alan Icenhour
Chair of the Committee
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Associate Lab Director, Nuclear Science & Engineering

Dr. John Wagner
Secretary of the Committee
Idaho National Laboratory
Chief Scientist, Materials and Fuels Complex

Dr. Mehdi Asgari
Studsvik Scandpower, Inc
Manager, Marketing and Business Development
Dr. Jeff Binder
Argonne National Laboratory
Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Global Security
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Mr. Jeff Bradfute
Westinghouse Electric Company
Vice President, Fuel Engineering & Safety Analysis

Dr. Alireza Haghighat
Professor and Director of Nuclear Engineering Program
Virginia Tech

 Dr. Yassin Hassan
Texas A&M University
Sallie and Don Davis ’61 Professor of Engineering and Head of Nuclear Engineering Department

Dr. J Wesley Hines
University of Tennessee
Postelle Professor, Department Head of Nuclear Engineering Department

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Robert Shane Johnson
U.S. DOE – Office of Nuclear Energy
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Technology Demonstration & Deployment

Dr. William Martin
University of Michigan
Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Mr. John Siphers
Duke Energy
Manager – Nuclear Engineering

Mr. John Strumpell
Director of Fuel Research & Development
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Dr. Jennifer Uhle
Jensen Hughes

Mr. Glen Watford
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Chief Engineer

 Mr. Steve Wilson
Southern Company,
General Manager, Research and Development