Nuclear Engineering Department Advisory Council

The Nuclear Engineering Advisory Council (NEDAC) provides observations, advice, feedback and support to the Department Head and faculty of NC State’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. There are approximately 22 members, each with terms of 5 years and these appointments are staggered. Membership terms are subject to renewal by the Department Head upon consultation with faculty and consent of the target NEDAC member. The Council elects a Chair with concurrence by the Department Head.

The Council meets at least once a year, and member substitutions are not permitted. Subcommittees of NEDAC will be formed as needed and are charged with addressing overarching issues of nuclear engineering education and research – for example, space and facilities, national recognition, curriculum review, diversity efforts, lab/industry/university interaction, and fundraising.

The Department’s Strategic Plan is reviewed by the Council at least every other year and provides recommendations to the Department Head. Council members are encouraged to champion and facilitate senior design projects, internships for (under)graduate students, employment of departmental graduates, and support outreach and research activities.
Our current NEDAC members include,


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


Dr. John Wagner
Secretary of the Committee
Idaho National Laboratory
Laboratory Director (to start December 11, 2020)


Dr. Jean Paul Allen
Professor and Department Head
Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University


Mr. Michael Blom
Duke Energy
Director of Fuel Management & Design


Mr. Jeff Bradfute
Westinghouse Electric Company
Vice President
Fuel Engineering & Safety Analysis

Mr. Terrence C. Brimfield
Entergy Services, LLC
Engineering Supervisor

Mr. Harsh Desai
Nuclear Energy Institute
Senior Manager

Dr. Thomas J. Downar
University of Michigan
Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Mr. Steven Freel
CEO & President
Studsvik Scandpower Inc.

Dr. Mirela Gavrilas
Division of Safety Systems
Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NNR)


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

Mr. Nick Irvin
R&D Manager
Advanced Energy Systems
Southern Company

Dr. Tatiana Ivanova
Head of Division of Nuclear Science
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)


Dr. Ralph James
Savannah River National Laboratory
Associate Laboratory Director

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

Dr. Sama Bilbao y León
World Nuclear Association
Director General


Mr. Kevin Quigley
United States Department of Energy
Manager, Fleet Training & Simulation

Dr. Avneet Sood
Los Alamos National Laboratory
XCP-3 Group Leader


Mr. John Strumpell
Director of Fuel Research & Development

Dr. Temitope Taiwo
Argonne National Laboratory
Program Manager for Nuclear Programs Strategy


Mr. Glen Watford
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Chief Engineer