We are pleased to announce that IASMiRT and SMiRT 25 have selected Dr. Robert J. Budnitz to deliver the prestigious Jaeger Lecture
Dr. Robert J. Budnitz (Retired Staff Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) has been involved with nuclear-reactor safety and radioactive-waste safety for many years. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He recently retired (spring 2017) from the scientific staff at the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 2002 to 2007 he was at UC’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, during which period he worked on a two-year special assignment (late 2002 to late 2004) in Washington to assist the Director of DOE's Yucca Mountain Project to develop a new Science & Technology Program. Prior to joining LLNL in 2002, he ran a one-person consulting practice in Berkeley CA for over two decades. In 1978-1980, he was a senior officer at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, serving as Deputy Director and then Director of the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. In this two-year period, Dr. Budnitz was responsible for formulating and guiding the large NRC research program, that constituted over $200 million/year at that time. His responsibilities included assuring that all major areas of reactor-safety research, waste-management research, and fuel-cycle-safety research necessary to serve the mission of NRC were adequately supported. He earned a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Harvard in 1968.