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
Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations

Dr. Jess Gehin
Secretary of the Committee
Idaho National Laboratory
Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Science & Technology


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

Dr. Rita Baranwal
Westinghouse Electric Company
Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Sama Bilbao y León
World Nuclear Association
Director General


Mr. Jeff Bradfute
Westinghouse Electric Company
Vice President, Americas Fuel Delivery

Mr. Terrence C. Brimfield
Entergy Services, LLC
Engineering Supervisor, Corporate Safety Analysis

Mr. Kenneth Church
Duke Energy
General Manager, Nuclear Engineering

Mr. Matthew P. Crozat
Nuclear Energy Institute
Senior Director, Strategy and Policy Development

Mr. Harsh Desai
Zeno Power Systems
Chief Commercialization Officer

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

Dr. Mirela Gavrilas
Director, Office of Nuclear Security and Incident Response


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


Dr. Yassin Hassan
Texas A&M University
Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, L.F. Peterson ’36 Chair II Professor, Member, National Academy of Engineering

Mr. Nick Irvin
Southern Company
Director of Research and Development; Strategy, Advanced Nuclear, and Crosscutting Technology

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


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

Mr. Robert Shane Johnson
Former DOE


Dr. Robert Martin
Technical Consultant
BWX Technologies, Inc.


Dr. Eben Mulder
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist
X Energy, LLC


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

Mr. Phil Sharpe
Studsvik Scandpower Inc.
VP, Innovation and Special Projects

Dr. Avneet Sood
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Senior Scientist


Mr. John Strumpell
Manager, US Fuel R&D


Mr. Steve Sweilley
Deputy CNO
Senior Director, Research and Development

Dr. Temitope Taiwo
Argonne National Laboratory
Director, Nuclear Science and Engineering Division


Mr. Glen Watford
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy
Chief Engineer