Please join us for this month's INS Brown Bag Luncheon. Our speaker will be Dr. Alan Icenhour from ORNL, speaking on "Ensuring the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Technology."
Alan Icenhour is the Director of the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Division performs research and development in the areas of nuclear nonproliferation, safeguards, threat reduction, transportation security, advanced radiation detection methods, nuclear forensics, stable and radioactive isotope production, and radiochemical science and engineering. Technologies developed by the Division are used both domestically and internationally to advance scientific efforts and to address nuclear security challenges. In addition to technology development and deployment, the Division’s staff, which includes internationally-recognized experts, is closely involved in policy efforts to detect, prevent, and reverse the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and radiological dispersal devices (RDD).
Dr. Icenhour joined ORNL in 1990, and he has more than 25 years of experience with the nuclear fuel cycle, ranging from reactor operations to radiochemical research. His research has focused on the conversion of 233U to a stable form for long-term storage, studies of the effects of radiation on materials, 238Pu production, and the development of advanced nuclear fuels. He completed a 21-month special assignment in Washington, D.C. as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Proliferation Detection Program within the Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development (NA-22) of the National Nuclear Security Administration. Before joining ORNL, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy on a nuclear powered submarine. After leaving active duty, he continued his service with the Navy as an active reservist, retiring in August 2010 at the rank of Captain (O-6). He received his B.S. degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Nuclear Engineering from The University of Tennessee. He is an Adjunct Professor of Nuclear Engineering at The University of Tennessee.