CORVALLIS - Andrew Klein, professor and head of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics at Oregon State University, has been appointed the director of education, training, and research partnerships for the new Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Klein will be on loan from OSU in this new position. For an interim period, professor José Reyes will become interim department head and Steve Reese, reactor administrator, will assume Klein's role as director of the Radiation Center.
Klein is an internationally recognized leader in nuclear engineering and has served on various nuclear advisory panels and committees. He has testified before a Congressional committee about funding and direction for the new laboratory in Idaho, which is to be the nation's focal point for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration and education. He also recently chaired the Subcommittee on Nuclear Laboratory Requirements for the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Research Advisory Committee.
Last November, the Department of Energy announced the establishment of the Idaho National Laboratory and awarded the 10-year, $4.8 billion, management and operations contract to the Battelle Energy Alliance, which includes OSU in a national consortium of eight universities.
In his new position, Klein will help build relationships among the participating universities and lead the future development of the world's nuclear power industry.