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.




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
Associate Laboratory Director
Nuclear Science & Technology


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


Michael Blom
Duke Energy
Director of Fuel Management & Design


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

Harsh Desai
Nuclear Energy Institute
Senior Manager

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

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

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

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

Dr. Sama Bilbao y León
Virginia Commonwealth University
Professor and Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs


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

Avneet Sood
Los Alamos National Laboratory
XCP-3 Group Leader


John Strumpell
Director of Fuel Research & Development

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


Glen Watford
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Chief Engineer