College of Engineering Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering

Advisory Boards

Industrial Advisory Boards

The Industrial Advisory Boards for Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering Programs review the health of the department, advise the faculty on the general direction of the department, critically review the department strategic plans, help in developing new research directions and strengthen existing ones, advise the department on new faculty hires, identify potential sources of supplemental funding, and last but not least, help to develop, maintain and innovate the graduate and undergraduate curricula. The IABs meet once or twice per year for a full-day meeting.

Members of our advisory boards for program development are:

Mechanical Engineering Program

Klas Abrahamsson, Ph.D.DirectorAgro and Environmental Markets Alfa Laval, Inc.
Thaer AlmasriSenior Operations Manager eCMMS – White Oak Pack Center 
Robert R. Croft, P.E. (VA/NC/TX/NH/GA/SC)Project Engineering Manager, BOP Construction Support, Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 Stone & Webster, Inc 
C.A. Hodges Senior Professional, Agency and Vendor Relations Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond 
Michael B. HurdDirector of MEP Engineering, Vice President Moseley Architects 
Andrew Hutton, Ph.D. Associate Director, Accelerator DivisionJefferson Lab 
Patrick McElhinneyPrinciple EngineerAltria Group Inc.  
Zoubeida Ounaies, Ph.D. Professor, College of Engineering Penn State University
Jacob L. PretkoResearch Investigator  DuPont Protection Solutions 
Ernie PryorVice President of EngineeringHamilton Beach Brands
Ritesh ShahAmericas Steam Power System Engineering Leader, Greater Richmond RegionGE Power
Kevin Weiseman Aramids Business Manufacturing Technical Manager DuPont


Nuclear Engineering Program

Sama Bilbao y León, Ph.D.Head, Division of Nuclear Technology Development and Economics OECD Nuclear Energy Agency 
Mr. Tom BergmanVice President, Regulatory AffairsNuScale Power
Dr. Jon Carmack Senior Technical Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Department of EnergyIdaho National Laboratory
Mr. David Christian Chief Innovation OfficerDominion Energy
Ms. Mary CullenVice President, Nuclear PropulsionNewport News Shipbuilding
Dr. Harold Dodds Emeritus Professor, Nuclear EngineeringUniversity of Tennessee
Mr. William (Barry) Fletcher Vice President, Nuclear Propulsion (Retired as of Dec 2016)Newport News Shipbuilding
Robert S. FreemanVice President, Contracts & Services-North America, Fuel Commercial & Customer CenterFramatome
Dr. Bruce MallettExecutive Director of Operations (retired as of May 2010)US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
John Monninger Deputy Director, Division of Operating Reactor LicensingU.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Dr. David PointerDistinguished Nuclear Engineer, Reactor and Nuclear Systems Division Oak Ridge National Laboratory 
Dr. Finis Southworth Chief Technology Officer (retired as of August 2015)  AREVA NP 
Mr. Mark Tonacci Branch Chief for Licensing Branch 1 (retired as of Dec 2016), Division of New Reactor Licensing, Office of New Reactors  NRC 
Mr. Glen Watford Chief Consulting Engineer GE-Hitach 


Ex Officio Members

Gary Tepper, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
VCU Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

Supathorn Phongikaroon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Nuclear Engineering Programs
VCU Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering

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