Nuclear Engineering Department Advisory Council (NEDAC)

The purpose of the Council 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.


2019 Meeting

Wednesday, May 1: NEDAC-Undergraduate Subcommittee Meeting, senior design presentations, graduate poster & recognition dinner

Thursday, May 2: day-long annual meeting of NEDAC

Download the PDF file NEDAC Agenda 2019.


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


Dr. John Wagner
Secretary of the Committee
Associate Laboratory Director,
Nuclear Science & Technology
Idaho National Laboratory


Michael Blom
Director of Fuel Management & Design
Duke Energy


Jeff Bradfute
Fuel Engineering & Safety Analysis
Westinghouse Electric Company

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

Steven Freel
CEO & President
Studsvik Scandpower Inc.

Dr. Mirela Gavrilas
Deputy Director
in the Division for Policy & Rulemaking


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


Dr. Yassin Hassan
Royce E. Wisenbaker ’39 II Chair in Engineering, Professor of Nuclear Engineering. Professor of Mechanical, Member of National Academy of Engineering
Texas A&M University


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

Nick Irvin
R&D Manager, Advanced Energy Systems
Research and Technology Management
Southern Company

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


Dr. Ralph James
Associate Laboratory Director, Science and Technology
Savannah River National Laboratory

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

Dr. Sama Bilbao y León
Head of Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics
OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)


Kevin Quigley
Manager, Fleet Training & Simulation Development
Naval Reactors Headquarters


John Strumpell
General Manager
U.S Fuel R&D

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


Dr. Jennifer Uhle
Vice-President of Generation & Supplies
Nuclear Energy Institute


Glen Watford
Chief Engineer
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy