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Icenhour to lead ORNL's Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate


Alan IcenhourAlan Icenhour (hi-res image)

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 27, 2014 -- Alan Icenhour has been named associate laboratory director for Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Icenhour will oversee ORNL’s contributions to isotope production, nuclear security and fission and fusion research and technologies, as well as DOE’s Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors. Icenhour has served as interim associate laboratory director since December.

Icenhour joined ORNL in 1990 and has worked in a variety of nuclear positions. Since 2008 he directed three divisions: the Global Nuclear Security Technology Division, the Fuel Cycle and Isotopes Division and the Nuclear Security and Isotope Technology Division.

“We’re fortunate to be able to appoint someone with Alan’s broad technical expertise, strong management experience and thorough understanding of ORNL nuclear operations,” ORNL Director Thom Mason said.

Icenhour held a 21-month special assignment as a senior technical advisor to the NNSA Office of Nonproliferation Research and Development in Washington, D.C. He also served 26 years with the U.S. Navy, including duty on a nuclear submarine and as an active reservist. He retired as a Captain (O-6) in 2010.

He received his bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University. Icenhour received his master’s and doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Icenhour succeeds Jeff Binder, who accepted a position at the University of Illinois.

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