• Organizing Committee
  • Joonhong Ahn (UC Berkeley) - Chair
  • Satoru Tanaka (U Tokyo) - Co-chair
  • Mick Apted (Monitor Scientific)
  • Cathryn Carson (UC Berkeley)
  • Gary Cerefice (UNLV)
  • James Conca (NMSU)
  • Tom Isaacs (Stanford University)
  • Shinya Nagasaki (U Tokyo)
  • Jooho Whang (Kyung Hee University)
  • Application
  1. Download PAGES registration form and WIPP application form, and fill all the necessary information.
  2. Send the application forms to pages2009@berkeley.edu
  3. Application deadline: June 26, 2009.
  4. Registration Fee: $0 (Expenses for lodging, meals, transportation must be arranged separately.)

Joonhong Ahn

Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

D.Eng., Nuclear Engineering, University of Tokyo, 1989;
Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Prof. Ahn's research areas include: (1) mathematical analyses for radionuclide transport through a geological medium and engineered barriers, for performance assessment of geologic repositories for radioactive wastes, (2) bentonite expansion into fractures in a host rock surrounding the engineered barriers, (3) analysis of autocatalytic criticality of buried fissile materials, (4) analysis of mass-flow in partitioning-transmutation (P-T) systems for High-Level Waste, and relationship between the P-T system parameters and geologic repository performance. He applies the repository performance assessment models for optimization of nuclear power systems from the viewpoint of environmental impacts. He participated in the three-year research project (1992-95) by the Japanese Government on the nuclear energy in Asia/Pacific region. After he came to Berkeley, he organized an international symposium in 1997 by inviting scholars from Asian countries. In 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2004, symposia were held in Honolulu, Taipei, and Beijing, Jakarta, Taejon, and Tokyo, co-sponsored by Tokai University. Current projects include: Systems analysis of deep-burn high-temperature reactor fuel cycle (US DOE), Systems analysis of fuel cycle with Korean pyro-process concepts (KAERI), Systems analysis of geologic repository and fuel cycle (JAEA), Repository performance assessment (KAERI), Advanced educational program development for nuclear engineering (US NRC), and Global Center of Excellence Program collaboration with University of Tokyo (GoNERI). Professor Ahn served as a member of the Planning Committee for the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (1992-1995). He served as the Editor for Radioactive Waste Research (1994-1996), a journal of the Division of Radioactive Waste Management, Atomic Energy Society of Japan. He is currently the chair of Book Publishing (BPC) of the American Nuclear Society (since June, 2007). He is on the editorial board for Nuclear Engineering and Technology (published by Korean Nuclear Society) and on the editorial advisory board for Nuclear Technology (published by American Nuclear Society). He was invited by the Chinese Government to make an 18-hour lecture at East China Geological Institute in December 1997. He was invited to the 101st meeting of Advisory Committee for Nuclear Waste (ACNW) of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a plenary speaker. He was invited to meetings of Atomic Energy Commission and Atomic Safety Commission of Japanese Government in August 2004 and in March 2006, respectively, to give his presentations on geologic disposal of high level radioactive wastes. He has been participating in the Coordinate Research Project by International Atomic Energy Agency for the topic of Role of Partitioning and Transmutation of High-Level Radioactive Wastes for Minimization of Environmental Impacts from Nuclear Fuel Cycle since 2002. He gave a series of invited lectures at Workshop on Role of Partitioning and Transmutation in the Mitigation of The Potential Environmental Impacts of Nuclear Fuel Cycle, November 20-24, 2006 at The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Trieste, Italy sponsored by UNESCO. He was conferred the title of "Fellow" from the University of Tokyo in 2007. He was invited as a Visiting Professor in June and July, 2008, by the Graduate School of Frontier Studies, University of Tokyo. Since 2008, he is a member of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of National Academies of Sciences, the United States.


Michael J. Apted

Executive Consultant, Operating Manager of Monitor Scientific

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Ph.D. in Geochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Apted is a scientific consultant with more than 25 years of experience in nuclear-waste disposal R & D, primarily in the design and testing of engineered barrier systems (EBS), hydrogeochemical modeling, and safety assessment. For the Electric Power Research Institute he is the R & D manager for post-closure risk assessment studies regarding disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste at the Yucca Mountain site, Nevada, USA. He is a member of the International Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO), and serves as a coordinator for NUMO's International Tectonics Committee. Dr. Apted is Chairman of the EBS and Technology Support Group for STUK, the safety authority in Finland. He also has consulted for nuclear waste repository implementation and regulatory agencies in Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Canada, Taiwan, and South Korea. Dr. Apted is past Chairman for the Materials Research Society's Symposium on the Scientific Basis for Nuclear Waste Management. He has organized, conducted, and authored reports for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). He has served on various US National Academy of Sciences committees related to nuclear waste disposal. Dr. Apted has presented and/or published over 150 papers in the above technical areas.


Cathryn Carson

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard University, 1995
A.M., Physics, Harvard University, 1993
A.B./S.B., History of Science, Physics, and Mathematics, University of Chicago, 1990

Professor Carson is Director, Office for History of Science and Technology at UC Berkeley since 2000. She works on the history of science in contemporary Germany and the U.S., particularly its interface with politics and governance. Her current research deals with the changing scientific bases for nuclear waste management, 1940s to the present. In 2006-07, with support from the Mellon Foundation, she spent a year attending classes in UC Berkeley's nuclear engineering department.


Gary Cerefice

Deputy Director, Transmutation Research Program, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV),
Research Scientist, Nuclear Science & Technology Group

PhD, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
MS, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
BS, Nuclear Engineering),University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993

Research Interests:
Management of radioactive and/or hazardous wastes; environmental remediation; and waste management policy and regulatory issues.
Projects:
Radioactive Waste Management at the Nevada Test Site
Greater Confinement Disposal Technical Working Group
Low-Level Radioactive Waste Management Support Projects
Pahrump Nuclear Waste Advisory Board Consultant Emeritus from UNLV
Avian Dose Reconstruction Project
The Role of Colloids at a Repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada
Radiation Detection Laboratory, Supervisor


Jor-Shan Choi

Professor, GoNERI, the University of Tokyo

PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in California.

Dr. Choi's areas of interest include non-proliferation policy, proliferation-resistant technologies, international safeguards, international and regional cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear energy. Before joining UT, Dr. Choi worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California, USA for 21 years, involving in nuclear non-proliferation and proliferation-resistant fuel cycle technologies; fissile material safety, security and disposition; development of advanced small reactors and novel corrosion-resistant material, etc. Dr. Choi was a Science Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University in 1995-96. He worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna from 1998-2001. Prior to joining LLNL in 1987, Dr. Choi had 13 years of industrial experience working for Bechtel. He has a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in California.


James L. Conca

Director of the New Mexico State University Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC)

PhD, Geochemistry, the California Institute of Technology 1985
Master in Planetary Science, the California Institute of Technology
BS, Geology and Biochemistry, Brown University, 1979

Dr. James L. Conca is the Director of the New Mexico State University Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center (CEMRC), a radiochemistry facility dedicated to environmental monitoring and mitigation of radioactive materials, and the development of sustainable energy distributions. Dr. Conca has been developing and testing laboratory and field technologies for disposal of radioactive waste, mitigation of dirty bomb effects, and remediation of metal contamination in groundwater and soil. He came to NMSU from Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was Project Leader for Radionuclide Geochemistry under the Yucca Mountain Project. Before that, Conca was on the faculty at Washington State University, was President of UFA Ventures, Inc, and a consultant for DOE, DoD, EPA, USGS and private industry. Conca has worked on the Yucca Mountain Project since 1985 and on the Waste Isolation Pilot Project since 1999.


Thomas H. Isaacs

Consulting Professor, Stanford University,
Director, Office of Policy Planning and Special Studies, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

B.S., chemical engineering, University of Pennsylvania
M.S., engineering and applied physics, Harvard University

Mr. Isaacs has an extensive background in science policy and work experience directly relevant to issues at the intersection of energy security, national security, and waste management and to the U.S. and other repository programs in particular. Mr. Isaacs is responsible for the LLNL long-range strategic and institutional planning and conducts policy and technology studies for the laboratory. Before joining LLLNL in 1996, he held a variety of positions within the U.S. Department of Energy, including executive director of the Department of Energy’s Advisory Committee on External Regulation of DOE Nuclear Safety, and director of Strategic Planning and International Programs, and deputy director of the Office of Geologic Repositories for the department's radioactive waste program. Mr. Isaacs also served on the National Council’s Committee on Building a Long-Term Environmental Quality Research and Development Program in the U.S. Department of Energy.


Shuichi Iwata

Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Doctor of Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 1975

1975-1976:Post Doctoral Fellow, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute
1976-1978:Post Doctoral Fellow, JSPS
1978-1980:Lecturer, Associate Professor Metallurgy Div., Engineering Research Institute, Nuclear Engineering, University of Tokyo
1981-1991:Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Guest Researcher, Fachinformations Zentrum, BRG(1985-1986)
1991-1992:Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1992-2002:Professor, Design Science, Life Cycle Engineering, Director of RACE, The University of Tokyo
2002-2003:Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
2004-present:Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Award and Honors
Honda Memorial Young Researcher Award, Promotion of Science and Technology Information Award, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Paper Award, The Japan Institute of Metals, GIW Best Paper Award


Mikael Jensen

Swedish Radiation Protection Authority

PhD, Cosmic Rays - particle track formation, University of Lund

1977 SSI Dosimetry (High LET)
1980 SSI Emergency Preparedness (Post-TMI and Chernobyl)
1990 - SSI Waste Management


Kohta Juraku

Project Assistant Professor, GoNERI, UTNEM, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

PhD Candidate, Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, 2008
Master of Arts and Science, Information Studies, The University of Tokyo, 2005

The research field of Mr. Juraku is sociology of energy technologies, especially centering around the social decision-making process on the introduction of energy technologies. He has analyzed the siting process of energy facilities, such as nuclear power plant and wind power facilities, in local area by sociological case studies. One of his case analyses on nuclear plant siting was published in the 1st issue of EASTS (East Asian STS) journal. After he joined the GoNERI program, the interdisciplinary and international project which includes social studies of nuclear technologies, he has also worked for the development of education program for technical people on the social aspects of science and technology. He is now preparing his dissertation which includes a comparative sociological analysis of the formatted structures of institutional processes and the local cases of social decision-making processes for the siting of energy facilities.


Tatsuhiro Kamisato

Project Associate Professor, GoNERI, UTNEM, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

PhD candidate, the University of Tokyo, 2002
MA, in History of Science, the University of Tokyo,1998
BE, in Chemical Engineering, the University of Tokyo, 1992.

Basically, his major is history of science mainly food issues in early modern and modern Japan. On 2005, he published a book titled as "Food Risk / BSE and modernity" (in Japanese), which includes a study of cause of the BSE panic in the UK and Japan, from the viewpoint of history of science. Also he is interested in risk theory and S&T policy, so he has participated in some interdisciplinary projects funded by the government. On the other hand, he has lectured at some universities (Tokyo Inst. of Tech., Waseda Univ. and so on) on environmental ethics, S&T studies, and introduction of science communication. He has a BE in computer simulation of molecular biology, which is recently called "bioinformatics". And he had less than 2 years of experience in the Japanese Government, former S&T Agency (Kagaku Gijutsu Cho). In addition, from 2006 to 2008, he has been an editorial partner of a newspaper, the Asahi Shimbun, in charge of science, technology, medicine, and environmental issues. In the GoNERI project, mainly he is making comparative studies qualitatively on risks concerning various S&Ts, including nuclear technology.

Kanau Kawashima

Professor Emeritus, Tokai University, Japan

B.S., Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1957
D. Eng., Nuclear Engineering, University of Tokyo, 1968.

1958-1962:Engaged in design and construction of Tokyo University's "Subcritical Assembly."
1962-1968:Engaged in the decommissioning work of and also designing work of gas-cooled nuclear power reactor
1968-1993:Engaged in Fast Breeder Reactor "MONJU"'s overall design coordination and also in litigation work for lawsuit case against MONJU.
1993-1998: Professor and Chair, Nuclear Engineering, Tokai University.
1998-2003: Chancellor of Kyushu Tokai University.


Tomio Kawata

Executive Director of Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO)

M.Eng., Nuclear Engineering, Tohoku University

Before he joined NUMO in July 2008, Mr. Kawata served for two years as Director General of Geological Isolation Research and Development Directorate, Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Mr. Kawata's background includes working in the fast breeder reactor project for fifteen years and in the development of advanced fuel cycle and back-end technology for more than twenty years.


Allison M. Macfarlane

Associate Professor, George Mason University

PhD, Geology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Macfarlane's work is on the intersection of environmental policy issues with international security. Her focus is on nuclear issues in particular, both nuclear energy, especially the back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle including nuclear waste disposal, and nuclear weapons issues, including nonproliferation and the management and disposal of fissile materials. Her book on nuclear waste disposal, Uncertainty Underground: Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste, co-edited with Rodney Ewing of the University of Michigan, was published in 2006 by MIT Press. Dr. Macfarlane currently sits on a National Academy Panel of Science committee reviewing the Energy Department's nuclear energy R&D programs and well as participating in the Keystone Foundation's nuclear energy task force. She teaches Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Energy Policy, Earth Science and Policy, and Technology Policy.


Miwao Matsumoto

Professor, Department of Sociology, the University of Tokyo

PhD, Sociology, The University of Tokyo.

Professor Matsumoto was a Senior Associate Member of the St Antony's College of the University of Oxford and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Genomic Policy and Research Forum of the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in the sociology of science and technology, environmental sociology, and the social history of technological failure. Matsumoto has done research on the structural 'failure' of the science-technology-society interface, relationships between technological trajectory and global environmental problems, and the formation and transformation of the military-industrial-university complex. He is currently exploring theoretical frameworks to analyze the path-dependent dynamics of the social decision-making process with reference to the development and diffusion of wind turbines and of human genome research. He has published five books (four in Japanese, one in English), and his two Japanese books received the Japanese Society for the History of Industrial Technology Award in 1997, and the National Institute for Research Advancement Award in 2003. His latest book is Technology Gatekeepers for War and Peace (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). His papers have appeared in Social Studies of Science, Technology and Culture, Les Cahiers de Science & Vie, and others. In 2009 he was elected as a council member of 4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science).


Shinya Nagasaki

Professor, Nuclear Professional School and Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, the University of Tokyo

BS (1986), MS (1988), D.Eng. (1993), Nuclear Engineering, the University of Tokyo

Professor Nagasaki's research fields are nuclear security, nuclear fuel cycle and waste management. He addresses these topics by development and improvement of risk assessment model using probabilistic and stochastic mathematics, design and proposal of advanced safety index for risks containing uncertainties, and assessment and management of nuclear security.


Andrew Orrell

Director of Nuclear Energy Programs, Sandia National Laboratories

Mr. Andrew Orrell is the Director of Nuclear Energy Programs for Sandia National Laboratories, responsible for laboratory development initiatives involving all facets of the nuclear fuel cycle. Mr. Orrell has 20 years of industry experience in nuclear waste management and repository systems spanning low-level, intermediate (transuranic), spent nuclear fuel and high-level waste types, versed in the complex issues regarding the treatment, storage and disposal of radioactive waste and the interdependencies between the technical, program and policy elements of nuclear waste management. He recently headed Sandia's Lead Laboratory for Repository Systems program and led Sandia's completion of the postclosure performance assessment portions of the Yucca Mountain License Application. Prior to working on the Yucca Mountain Program, he was a manager for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and the National Transuranic Waste Management program. His professional experience spans technical and managerial efforts at the WIPP and YMP, including repository development, licensing, national policy development, regulatory framework development, site characterization studies, safety case development and performance assessments, transportation programs, and public confidence.


Alan Pasternak

Technical Director, California Radioactive Materials Management Forum

AB, Chemistry, Columbia University, 1955
BS, Chemical Cngineering, Columbia University, 1956
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, 1966

Alan Pasternak did PhD thesis research in nuclear engineering laboratories, "Liquid Metal Reprocessing of Uranium Reactor Fuel," under the supervision by Professor Donald Olander. 1956-1959 he served in US Navy as officer on destroyer type ships in Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. 1967-1975: he joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 1975-1979: Member, California Energy Commission, Sacramento. Since 1979, he worked as consultant on energy policy and low-level radioactive waste disposal policy. Since 1983, Technical Director, California Radioactive Materials Management Forum. 1990-2002: Member, Scientific Staff, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Energy Program. (Part time.)


Per F. Peterson

Professor and Chair, Department of Nuclear Engineering, UCB

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, 1982
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Per Peterson performs research related to high-temperature fission and fusion energy systems, as well as studying topics related to the safety and security of nuclear materials and waste management. He recently participated as a member of a National Research Council committee reviewing DOE Office of Nuclear Energy R&D programs, which provided recommendations on DOE's Generation IV, AFCI, and GNEP programs. He has served as a member and chair of numerous advisory committees for the national laboratories, including LLNL, LANL, INL, ORNL, and PNNL. He participated in the development of the Generation IV Roadmap in 2002 as a member of the Evaluation Methodology Group, and currently co-chairs its Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection Working Group. His research in the 1990's contributed to the development of the passive safety systems used in the GE ESBWR and Westinghouse AP-1000 reactor designs. Currently his research group focuses primarily on heat transfer, fluid mechanics, regulation and licensing for high temperature reactors, principally designs that use liquid fluoride salts as coolants. Prof. Peterson's research focuses on problems in energy and environmental systems, including inertial confinement fusion, high-temperature reactors, high level nuclear waste processing, and nuclear materials management. Prof. Peterson manages the U.C. Berkeley Thermal Hydraulics Research Laboratory, located in 4118 Etcheverry Hall, with additional experiments in 1140 Etcheverry. Professor Peterson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in heat and mass transfer, fluid dynamics, reactor thermal hydraulics, and reactor safety. The courses focus on nuclear applications. His research interests involve issues in reactor safety and licensing, high-temperature reactor technology, condensation and large-scale mixing processes in advanced passive reactors, inertial fusion energy, and nuclear materials management and security. Specific ongoing research projects include studies of heat transport and fluid mechanics in liquid-fluoride salt cooled reactors; performance based, technology neutral regulation and licensing of advanced reactors; inertial fusion energy; seismic base isolation and modular construction methods; and security and safeguards technologies for nuclear materials and facilities.
Major Awards: Presidential Young Investigator, Fellow, American Nuclear Society


Eugene A. Rosa

Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy, the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, Washington State University
Professor, Deaprtment of Sociology, Washington State University
Faculty Associate in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center, Affiliated Professor in the Program in Environmental Science, Affiliated Professor of Fine Arts, Faculty Associate, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO), and Faculty Associate, WSU Center for Integrated Biotechnology.

B.S. with high honors, the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York 1967.
M.A. (1975), Ph.D. (1976), Social science, the Maxwell Graduate School, Syracuse University, New York.

Professor Rosa completed postgraduate work in neurosciences and in energy studies at Stanford University where he also served as a research associate and instructor. In 1978, Dr. Rosa joined the faculty of Washington State University as an assistant professor and Coordinator of the Public Opinion Laboratory. His research program has focused on environmental topics-particularly energy, technology, risk issues, and global environmental change-with attention to both theoretical and policy concerns. His current research focuses on two complementary topics: technological risk and global environmental change. Among his major risk projects were the development of logic for categorizing risks and a comparative study of risk perceptions between Americans and Japanese. He served on the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (NRC/NAS) Nuclear Radiation Study Board, and the (NRC/NAS) Committee on the Staging of Nuclear Repositories, and publishes on risky technologies, such as nuclear power and biotechnology, and on risks with deep uncertainty, such as the long-term sequestration of toxic and dangerous materials. The principles activities associated with the second topic, global environmental change, are past memberships on two NRC/NAS Committees and one Panel: The Committee to Review the U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan, The Committee on Metrics for Global Change Research, and the Panel on NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) New Sectors Applications Research Program. His global change research is devoted to specifying the anthropogenic (human) causes of greenhouse gases, ecological footprints, to the historical relationships between CO2 loads and societal well-being, to the history of social thought on climate, and to testing theories of environmental impacts.The global environmental change research is conducted within the STIRPAT Program which he co-founded in 1994. STIRPAT publications won the 2002-2004 Outstanding Publication Award of the Section on Environment and Technology of the American Sociological Association. Professor Rosa serves on the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.


R. Keith Schwer

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Director, Center for Business and Economic Research, UNLV

PhD, Economics, University of Maryland

Specializing in economic impact analysis, econometric modeling, feasibility analysis, and survey research, Prof. Schwer is recognized as an authority on the business and economic environment of Las Vegas, the state of Nevada, and the region. He manages the annual Las Vegas Perspective survey, serves on numerous state and local advisory boards, and acts as a resource person for televison, radio, and print media. Professor Schwer has more than 25 years of experience in business and economics research in major university programs in Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wyoming. He authors many reports and conducts both basic and applied research. Some of his recent academic research has appeared in the Annals of Regional Science, Journal of Applied Economics, the Review of Regional Studies, the Journal of Gambling Studies, the Journal of Insurance Issues, Review of Black Political Economy, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Cultural Economics, Environment and Behavior, Journal of Travel Research, International RegionalScience Review, Journal of Media Economics, and the Journal of Applied Business Research. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the Western Economics Association, the Western Regional Science Association, and the Southern Nevada Area Population Projections and Estimation Committee. He has two decades of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Tatsujiro Suzuki

Senior Researcher of Socio-Economic Research Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI)
Project Professor, Graduate School of Law and Politics, University of Tokyo (part time)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Energy Economics (part time)
Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University (part time)

B.E., Nuclear Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 1975
M.S., Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,1978
PhD, Nuclear Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 1988

1997-2000 Visiting Associate Professor, Sociotechnics of Nuclear Energy, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
1996 Senior Research Scientist, Socio-economic Research Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), Tokyo, Japan
1993 Research Associate, Center for International Studies (CIS), MIT, U.S.
1988 Associate Director, International Program on Enhanced Nuclear Power Plant Safety, MIT, U.S.
1986 Visiting Scientist, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), U.S.
1981 Senior Researcher, International Energy Forum, Tokyo, Japan
1978 Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group, Tokyo, Japan


Peter N. Swift

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

BA, English, Yale University
MS and BS, Geology, the University of Wyoming
PhD, Geosciences, the University of Arizona

Dr. Swift has over 18 years of experience in transuranic and high-level radioactive waste disposal, including geologic disposal concepts, performance assessment, integration of technical and regulatory activities, and licensing and certification. He has served as Manager for the Yucca Mountain Total System Performance Assessment Department and, previously, as the lead for documentation of the performance assessment component of the of the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Compliance Certification Application. He has more than 50 publications, including refereed technical papers, technical reports, and conference papers. Please see "Total System Perfomance Assesment for Yucca Mountain" by Peter Swift.


Satoru Tanaka

Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, the University of Tokyo

BS (1972), MS (1974), D.Eng.(1977), Nuclear Engineering, University of Tokyo

Professor Tanaka's research fields are nuclear fuel cycle, waste management, fusion engineering and nuclear fuel cycle and society. He is also interested in nuclear engineering geopolitics. He is a sub-leader of Global COE Program "Nuclear Energy and Research Initiative".


Engelbrecht von Tiesenhausen

Master of Business Administration, Pepperdine University
Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgical Engineering, University of British Columbia

E. von Tiesenhausen, now retired (since August 2008) has spent more than 18 years working for Clark County, Nevada as the primary technical specialist on the Yucca Mountain Program. As a representative of an officially recognized Affected Unit of Local Government (AULG) for the Yucca Mountain Program, Mr. von Tiesenhausen was intimately involved with all aspects of the high-level waste disposal program. This included responsibility for the analysis and evaluation of technical and geotechnical issues and their programmatic and policy related implications to county government. Frequent interactions with regulatory agencies (Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Environmental Protection Agency) were also apart of his responsibilities. Prior to working for Clark County Mr. von Tiesenhausen was involved in various positions in private industry. His functions there ranged from alloy development for the aerospace industry to managing metal forging and fabrication plants for the aerospace and nuclear industry.


Hiroyuki Umeki

Principal senior researcher, Development Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency(JAEA)

D.Eng., Nuclear Engineering, University of Tokyo 1985

Dr. Umeki is a principal senior scientist for Geological Isolation Research and Development Directorate of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and responsible for overall R&D program on geological disposal of HLW and TRU waste, in particular for repository design and safety assessment, and also for a new knowledge management project to support radioactive waste management. He has been involved in radioactive waste disposal for over 25 years. After graduating from and completing a Dr. Eng at the University of Tokyo, he began his experience in radioactive waste management at the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation (PNC, now JAEA) in March 1987. During his time at JAEA he has been responsible for the integrated performance assessment of HLW geological disposal in Japan and documented two projects reports; the First Progress Report on R&D of HLW disposal (referred to as H3) in 1992 and the Second Progress Report (referred to as H12) in 1999. For the period from November 2000 to February 2005, he was working as a director for the research and development at Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) and actively engaged in the performance assessment and design of the repository system. During 1993-1994 he was a guest researcher at Nagra in Switzerland and participated in the Kristallin-I Project. He participated in the OECD/NEA-IAEA International Peer Review on the Performance Assessment of the US Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) during 1997-1998 and in the IAEA International Peer Review of the Biosphere Modeling Program of the USDOE Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Project during 2000-2001. Dr. Umeki has been a member of the OECD/NEA Performance Assessment Advisory Group since 1988 and a member of the Core Group of the OECD/NEA Integration Group for the Safety Case (IGSC) since 2000. From November 2004, he is a chair of the IGSC.


Joo-Ho Whang

Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyung Hee University

PhD, Nuclear Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Membership of Professional Bodies:
1986 - present: Member, Korean Nuclear Society
2003 - 2005: General Secretary , Korean Nuclear Society
1993 - present : Member, Korean Association of Radiation Protection
2001 - 2003: Chairman of Editorial Committee, Korean Association of Radiation Protection
2004 - present: Auditor, Korean Radioactive Waste Society
1986 - present: Member, American Nuclear Society
2006 - 2008: Member, National Energy Committee
2008 - 2010: Chairman, Expert Committee for National R&D Initiatives
Professional Experience Records:
1986 - 1991: Senior Researcher, Korea Atomic Energy Institute; "Scenario Studies of Spent Fuel Management and System Analysis."
1987 - 1987: Visiting scholar in Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Institute, Germany; "System studies for Long Term Spent Fuel Management Options."
1991 - present: Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Kyung Hee University; Radioactive Waste Management and Radiation Engineering.
1999 - 2001: Nuclear Program Coordinator, Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning; "Planning and General Management, entrusted by Ministry of Science and Technology of Korea, of National Nuclear R&D Program."
Related Papers or Reports:
Jooho Whang and George T. Baldwin, Dismantlement and Radioactive Waste Management of DPRK Nuclear Facilities, Cooperative Monitoring Center Occasional Paper, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, SAND2005-1981P, April, 2005.


Joseph D. Ziegler

Consultant, Nuclear Licensing and Safety

BS, Nuclear Engineering, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1975

Mr. Ziegler has nearly 35 years experience in nuclear licensing and safety activities for Department of Energy (DOE) and commercial nuclear facilities. Since 2006 he has been a consultant for Nye County, Nevada and the Nuclear Energy Institute, providing safety and nuclear licensing services regarding the Yucca Mountain high-level radioactive waste repository. He has also provided licensing and safety services for the government of Finland regarding their repository program. Mr. Ziegler's career has centered on licensing and environmental assessment for large complex nuclear facilities requiring licenses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). He was the DOE Director of Licensing for the Yucca Mountain Project, the primary senior official responsible for radiological safety and interactions with NRC regarding licensing and environmental impact statement (EIS) preparation for the repository. Before joining DOE as Licensing Director, he was a key contributor to the Yucca Mountain EIS. While at NUS Corporation he was the Director of Nuclear and Quality Engineering responsible for nuclear safety and environmental assessment activities including the preparation of more than 10 EISs for Savannah River Site facilities in South Carolina. While at the Tennessee Valley Authority, he was responsible for licensing and interactions with the NRC associated with Browns Ferry, Sequoyah, Watts Bar, Belefonte, Phipps Bend, and Yellow Creek Nuclear Power Plants. He is intimately knowledgeable of the nuclear regulations associated with nuclear power plant and high level radioactive waste repository licensing.


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