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ETEC Meeting: Eric Abelquist, ORAU
April 17, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am EDT
Dr. Eric W. Abelquist, works in collaboration with the President/CEO promoting collaboration between ORAU and its university partners, DOE, ORNL, Y-12 and others. A recent University of Tennessee MBA graduate, Abelquist leads entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives that develop business growth for the organization. He works with the President/CEO in formulating organizational strategic objectives, overseeing key strategic initiatives, community initiatives and best business practices. Abelquist also advises the President/CEO on scientific and engineering issues that advance scientific research and education opportunities.
Abelquist began his 20+ year career at ORAU as a project leader responsible for overseeing a team of health physics technicians and conducting characterization and independent verification surveys at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) sites. He later worked for many years as the survey program’s Associate Director and VP and Director where, most notably, he contributed to the development and implementation of the Multiagency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM). Abelquist continues to provide technical assistance in various aspects of decommissioning surveys and has published a textbook entitled Decommissioning Health Physics: A Handbook for MARSSIM Users 2nd ed. (2014).
Eric will be speaking on “A Decommissioning Renaissance”…
While the nuclear renaissance struggles to gain traction (particularly in the U.S.), a renaissance of sorts is occurring at the back-end of the nuclear life cycle. Decommissioning is on the cusp of an impressive surge in activity both in the U.S. and internationally. Indeed, as China and India lead the world in constructing nuclear reactors, with nearly 40 under way, Europe and the U.S. are decommissioning more than they’re building.