Former Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
I am the former Chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. I am working with TEPCO as a member of an independent advisory committee investigating aspects of the Fukushima nuclear accident.
The nuclear accident at Fukushima continues to have a significant impact in Japan and globally. As the committee examines the causes of the Fukushima accident, it can gain critical insight into making nuclear power safer and the best means by which the world can meet its energy needs in the future.
I will work with TEPCO, and the citizens of Japan, to enhance nuclear safety through education and the establishment of a culture of better safety procedures. It is the hope of everyone on the committee, including me, that the Fukushima nuclear accident can, despite it being a tragedy, provide an important learning opportunity. Through study, learning and education, nuclear power can be a safer, more secure part of the global energy supply.
Obtained a doctoral degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Missouri
|1977 to Present||Professor of Mechanical Engineering (nuclear program) at the University of Texas at Austin|
|2001 to 2006||Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs|
|2006 to 2009||Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission|
|2010 to Present||Deputy Director of the Energy Institute, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering (nuclear program) at the University of Texas at Austin|
|2011 to Present||Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Texas System|