Keynote Speaker


Dr. Alan Waltar 

Dr. Alan E. Waltar recently retired as Senior Advisor to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA., having previously served as Director of Nuclear Energy.  He was Professor and Head, Nuclear Engineering, Texas A&M University from 1998 to 2002, where he helped to build that program into the largest Department of Nuclear Engineering in the nation.

Dr. Waltar served as President of the 16,000-member American Nuclear Society during 1994-1995.  He was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1984.  He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering (University of Washington, 1961), an M.S. in nuclear engineering (MIT, 1962), and a Ph.D. in engineering science (University of California, Berkeley, 1966).

His distinguished career with Westinghouse Hanford Company included leadership positions in several areas of advanced reactor technology—mostly related to the regulatory approvals and subsequent operations at the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). He served on the faculty at the University of Virginia where, with Professor Albert Reynolds, he co-authored the Fast Breeder Reactors textbook.  Along with the Russian translation, this book has become one of the standard instructional books for fast spectrum reactors.  It was recently updated, entitled Fast Spectrum Reactors, and published by Springer Publishing in 2011. In addition to organizing numerous international technical conferences, Dr. Waltar has published over 75 open literature scientific articles.

Dr. Waltar was instrumental in the formation of the World Nuclear University (WNU) Summer Institute (SI) and has served as a mentor and a member of the faculty since its inception.  He also helped organize and participate as lecturer/mentor at the 2010 and 2012 WNU Radioisotope Schools in South Korea. He was recently inducted into the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Waltar authored America the Powerless: Facing our Nuclear Energy Dilemma in 1995 and in 2004 published Radiation and Modern Life:  Fulfilling Marie Curie’s Dream, which articulates the enormous beneficial uses of radiation to society.

Dr. Waltar has served as a consultant to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, the Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation, and several private nuclear firms.


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